Mates to send off Wayne after septic tank discovery
WAYNE Youngkin will be farewelled by his mates on Friday night - 30 years after they last saw him.
Mr Youngkin was last seen in 1986. His remains were discovered on November 29 in a disused septic tank outside a house in North Street, Brighton where he used to live.
The tank was decommissioned in 1971 and the house was later bought by Austism Queensland who use it for a school administration building.
Leny Hoeksema, who grew up in Brighton, knew Wayne, who was six years older than him at the time.
"We played cricket together at Brighton School and at Wayne's house, where he had a little cricket pitch," Mr Hoeksema said.
"He'd come down to Deagon Oval and watch the Gaters rugby league side play.
"Wayne was a pretty funny sort of guy.
"He was really relaxed and said silly things all the time that made you laugh.
"It's good that we found him and the mystery of his disappearance is solved.
"As soon as I saw the house where the body was found I knew it was him."
Andrew Cameron, who now lives in Townsville, said he was shocked when he heard about Wayne's death on Monday night's news.
"I haven't seen him since about 1977," Mr Cameron said.
"When I first left school my first job was at Sportsmancraft boat builders on Connaught Street.
"I was 15 and I knew nothing about anything but Wayne, who was about 19, took me under his wing.
"When I was 17 I joined the army and I lost touch with him."
Mr Cameron said Wayne was "a very nice bloke".
"He was very generous with his time, he was fastidious, good with his money and not a big drinker. He was always good to me.
"When we became friends he had a licence but I didn't so he'd drive me around and we used to go and play golf together."
Mr Hoeksema has organised a farewell for Wayne at The Full Moon Hotel in Sandgate from 6pm.
"It's the right thing to do for a friend and we can all come together and remember him," Mr Hoeksema said.
For more information on the event contact Leny on 0417 193 010.