Friends and family surround the casket of Bruce Allan Marshall during his funeral service.
Friends and family surround the casket of Bruce Allan Marshall during his funeral service. David Nielsen

God takes man with very big heart

A LOVING great-grandfather who died in raging flood waters at his Grantham home was a “treasured husband” with a “big heart” – a funeral service yesterday heard.

In the moments before a torrent of water hurtled towards Bruce Allan Marshall’s home he told his daughter Fiona on the phone he could see “a big wall of water” coming towards him.

Seconds later the phone line went dead.

Bruce, 66, was yesterday farewelled by his wife, family and friends who reminisced on the happier times.

One of Bruce’s 37 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, Kayla Marshall, said she loved her him dearly and no one could ever fill the void.

“It broke my heart to lose you, but you didn’t go alone,” she said.

“For part of me went with you when God took you home.”

Salvation Army Major Marie Gittins who conducted the service said she had learnt through her dealings with Bruce’s large family in the past few weeks that he was a “loving family man”.

“He was out going and had a big heart and he loved spending time with his family,” Major Gittins said.

“But he also loved the special things in his life, his F100 truck, his tools and he was involved in putting an extension on his house.”

The inland tsunami tore out the side wall of Bruce’s home on January 10 – a home he had shared with his wife Shirley for the past two decades.

The pair who were married for 45 years shared a love of travelling and often took to the road, touring around outback Australia, the service heard.

Bruce also enjoyed driving around Australia with his soul mate Shirley and some of their seven children in a 1969 Dodge truck while towing a 30 foot caravan.

Major Gittins said Bruce spent a lot of time in his younger days enjoying life on the farm, fruit picking.

“He enjoyed a lot of things in life and had a go at almost anything,” she said.

Many of Bruce’s favourite Slim Dusty’s songs played throughout the service attended by hundreds of mourners at the Peace Lutheran Church in Gatton.

Mr Marshall was laid to rest at the Gatton cemetery.



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