Family farewells flood victims
A GRANTHAM family has said its goodbyes to a loving cousin and nephew killed in the floods as the death of his mother is confirmed and the search for his stepfather continues.
Joshua Ross, 25, was farewelled by a large contingent of family members, friends and students from Laidley Central Childcare Centre, where he worked.
He died when a wall of water hit Grantham on January 10.
Josh’s cousin, Tenag’a, described her relationship with Josh as “exceptionally close”.
“We are technically cousins, but he was raised more like a brother,” she said.
“We all learned a lot from Josh,
“I learned not to take anyone for granted and he always managed to get me to cry laughing,
“This is his final test for us and we need to be strong for him.
“He would be so happy to see everyone in colourful clothes here today because his soul was as beautiful as a butterfly when he was alive and it still is now.”
Josh’s aunt Bess Fraser said Josh was a renowned thrill seeker with a dress sense best described as individual.
“Only Josh could wear a set of penguin-patterned satin pyjama pants as formal pants to the pub in Grantham,” she said.
“He enriched the lives of every person whose life he touched.
“I saw him grow from a baby to childhood, from a youth to manhood and it was a privilege to be part of this journey.”
Community leader Aunty Therese Webster officiated the ceremony and said it was a celebration of the life of an extremely kind and popular man.
“He was loved by so many and so well-known throughout the community,” she said.
“He didn’t want us to be all doom and gloom.”