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Family, friends remember grandparents lost on flight MH370

Catherine and Robert Lawton from Springfield Lakes were on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that went missing on it's journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Photo: Facebook
Catherine and Robert Lawton from Springfield Lakes were on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that went missing on it's journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Photo: Facebook Contributed

A MEMORIAL service for Springfield Lakes couple Bob and Cathy Lawton was held at Albert St Uniting Church in Brisbane yesterday.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale spoke at the memorial for the much loved couple who were on Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 that disappeared in March.

Cr Pisasale was emotional when he spoke to the QT before the service.

"I've got a real lump in my throat about this," he said.

"Most people have a life and death, and have some closure. I can visit my mum's grave on Mother's Day.

"But to have this mystery and no closure is something that haunts everybody."

In his speech Cr Pisasale said the Lawtons were "two wonderful people".

"As Mayor of the City of Ipswich I also convey to the family of Bob and Cathy Lawton our condolences, prayer and support," he said.

"What was to be the trip of a lifetime to walk the Great Wall (of China) with their good friends Rod and Mary Burrows has turned into one of the world's greatest tragedies and mysteries.

"We all feel the terrible anxiety of not knowing their fate ... and this has affected our city and people of Australia who have felt their loss so close to home."

Investigators are still continuing their search for the missing plane and the 239 people on board, which vanished from radars on March 8.

Concerted search efforts off the West Australian coast have failed to find any trace of the aircraft.

In his address to family and friends of the Lawtons, Cr Pisasale said "one day we hope the mystery will be solved so as to bring closure for the families".

"Bob and Cathy were good people - hard working and made a strong contribution to the community.

"They had three beautiful daughters and two grandchildren to live for.

"May the strength and prayers of Ipswich and the wider Australian community help in some way to overcome your grief to deal with this tragedy."

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