CHERISHED: Ebonnie Smith and her father Brad were killed in a crash on Rosewood-Laidley Road.
CHERISHED: Ebonnie Smith and her father Brad were killed in a crash on Rosewood-Laidley Road.

Father and daughter shared 'special bond'

AFTER farewelling her husband Brad and daughter Ebonnie in a private funeral ceremony, Annette Smith has remembered them as being "inseparable".

The Grandchester father, 50 and his 12-year-old daughter were killed in a car crash on Rosewood-Laidley Rd on June 5.

Mrs Smith said the pair shared a "special bond", and they were very alike in their approach to life.

"Ebonnie was her dad's shadow. She was passionate for cars, just like Brad. She loved working on cars with him," Mrs Smith said.

"Ebonnie was our 'tomboy princess'. She didn't mind having a go at anything, but she loved her heels and make-up as well."

Describing Ebonnie as a "bubbly young lady", Mrs Smith said she was "very sporty".

"She loved sport, like her father. Her mind was always outside the classroom. She was very social. She loved to be at the front and centre of everything she was involved with," she said.

Mrs Smith said Ebonnie was very popular at school, having started at Laidley State High School this year, and she also praised school principal Michael Clarkson for his support.

"The school has been amazing. We have had a fair bit of contact with Michael (Clarkson). They are trying to support the kids through this. They have been so supportive and caring."

Mrs Smith said Ebonnie "had a go" at everything.

"She was the whole package. She could be the girly-girl princess, but she was also a tomboy. She was happy to go from high heels to mud boots," she said.

"She would try everything from motorbike riding to shopping. She loved it all."

Describing her husband Brad, a former sawmill operator, as a "bloke's bloke", Mrs Smith said he was happy to "give anything a go".

Mrs Smith said they met when she lived in Ipswich, after he had travelled extensively in his youth.

"I met him through a friend. He called one day from the Sunshine Coast so I invited him down. It turned out I was living in his sister's old house," she said.

Although they were together for 22 years, Mrs Smith said they were married on February 14, 2004, after Ebonnie was born in 2002.

"Ebonnie was our first daughter, followed by her younger sisters Gracie-Mae and Brydie, while my two older daughters also called him dad," she said

Living in Ipswich for most of their time together, Mrs Smith said they moved to Grandchester in 2013, with Ebonnie attending Grandchester State School.

"I have plenty of memories of Brad, but he was happy to give anything a go. He loved outdoor pursuits, fishing, camping, and golf. He just loved having a campfire and a chat."

More than anything though, Mrs Smith said he loved "being a dad".

"He adored being a dad. His face lit up every time he saw the girls," she said. "We shared a really close friendship, an amazing bond."

 



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