Wayne Gregory Cameron's father Bob Cameron shares memories of his son with close family and friends at the Rockhampton snake catcher's funeral this morning, held at the East Chapel Crematorium this morning.
Wayne Gregory Cameron's father Bob Cameron shares memories of his son with close family and friends at the Rockhampton snake catcher's funeral this morning, held at the East Chapel Crematorium this morning. Amber Hooker

Memories shared at snake catcher's Rockhampton funeral

TEARS flowed and laughter was shared as Wayne Cameron's family and friends laid him to rest.

The snake catcher and family man's coffin was adorned in all that he loved - from his snake catching belt to his snake hook and bag, a true representation of who he was.

A small and intimate crowd gathered at the crematorium to celebrate Wayne's life at 11am as Eye of the Tiger and born to be alive played.

The service was opened with the words "life deals some cruel blows...this is evident as we say goodbye to one of life's truly interesting people" which could not be truer for the 52-year-old who was killed by a taipan graze.

Throughout the service the crowd of just over 50 people found out about Wayne's achievements and how he was "a man who was never idle".

 

From working in the Australian Navy as a technical comms officer where he met his wife to scuba diving and nursing, Wayne had many hidden talents.

However the focus of the day revolved around Wayne's character and was described as "the bravest man I know" by his father, Bob Cameron.

Stories were shared of his fight in 2008 against  leukemia and how Wayne would have been happy to taken by a snake bite rather than lose his battle to cancer.

Wayne's wife, Jenny said the eulogy was "seven pages long" which was read by close family friend, Linda who was also affectionately known as "Child 3" by Wayne.

Linda managed to fight back her tears while sharing memories with the crowd but couldn't manage to get the last lines out tear free.

"He will live on in our memories and in our hearts, we're sure he will be chasing snakes wherever he is," the funeral director read as Linda watched on with tears in her eyes.



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