JUSTIN Anderson’s friends and family celebrated his wonderful but too-brief life yesterday as they struggled to overcome their grief.
Justin, who would have turned 27 on Wednesday, drowned on a fishing trip with his mate Daniel Mann on the Queen’s Birthday holiday.
Mr Mann spoke briefly at his friend’s funeral service at Goodna yesterday, painfully choking back tears.
“I miss you very much and I’ll never forget you,” he said.
Earlier in the eulogy, Kaitlin Lay, the partner of Justin’s brother Jeremy, delivered a touching message to Daniel.
“Justin would not have wanted you to suffer the same fate that he did,” she read.
“He loves you as well and you have to find the strength to go on, love you wife and children and be happy again. All of Justin’s family wish this for you Dan, we love you too.”
Justin was described as a kind-hearted soul who wanted to be everyone’s friend and would do anything for his family and friends, especially his mum Donna.
Every morning he told her he loved her and he was happiest when the house was full of family.
Justin was “charming with the ladies” but didn’t have a partner. He was waiting for someone special to come along.
“Sometimes he could be a cranky bugger though,” Kaitlin said, although obviously “sometimes” didn’t last long.
After the eulogy a song was played for his Justin’s brothers Jamie, Jeremy and Jesse – fittingly He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.
Justin’s favourite song I’m Yours played after people were invited to think of Justin and place something special on his coffin. At the end of the ceremony One Sweet Day played before the family went outside and released two doves. Family and friends also took the chance to visit the plaque for Justin’s dad Jim, who died two years ago.
The final words of the eulogy echoed in their minds.
“We will never get over the loss of this wonderful young man and his beautiful spirit. Till we all meet again Justin, our love for you will remain eternal.”
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