Tears and smiles as hundreds remember Sam Martin
TEARS were shed, laughs were had and Sam Martin's young life was remembered fondly at yesterday's service for him in Nambour.
Reflections on the eight-year-old's short but bright life took the 300 or so attendees packed into the Gregson and Weight Chapel on a 45-minute emotional rollercoaster.
Sam tragically lost his 14-month fight against cancer on October 8.
His father, Mark, made light of the cheeky, fun-loving nature of his son, rousing particularly warm giggles with "Sam lived his life as if he were on a continual Mad Monday bender".
Describing a fondness for his son's quirks and pride in his practicality, Mr Martin's touching anecdotes brought laughs and tears from the mourners.
WThe Coolum State School boy was farewelled by other speakers, including two brave young friends whose distress at losing their young mate was obvious.
"Sam really was the light of my galaxy," his friend, Jay, said.
"I am so going to miss you, Sam.
"You're the little brother I never had."
Simon, another of his friends, described him as "the funniest boy I knew".
The service, with Sam's surfing-themed coffin surrounded by his sporting memorabilia, included a touching photographic presentation.
Sam is survived by his father, mother Tanya and sister Ella.
The Martins also included Sam's puppy Roxy in their Facebook posts describing the family.