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Tears flow as town farewells young car crash victim

ABOVE AND RIGHT: Family and friends farewell Luke Joslin at his funeral held at the Parkview Funeral Home in Goonellabah. Luke died when the car he was driving home from the Booyong Meatworks on Cowlong Rd hit a tree at Maclean’s Ridges last month.
ABOVE AND RIGHT: Family and friends farewell Luke Joslin at his funeral held at the Parkview Funeral Home in Goonellabah. Luke died when the car he was driving home from the Booyong Meatworks on Cowlong Rd hit a tree at Maclean’s Ridges last month. Cathy Adams

THERE was hardly a dry eye when family and friends gathered at Goonellabah yesterday to commemorate the life of Luke Derek Joslin.

Luke, known as "Lukey" or "Joso" to his mates, died when the car he was driving home from the Booyong Meatworks on Cowlong Rd hit a tree at Maclean's Ridges and rolled, on July 25.

The 26-year-old's tragic death sent shockwaves across the Northern Rivers.

Choking back tears, Luke's sisters Renee and Rachel read out a poem they wrote about their only brother to a packed Parkview Funeral Home.

In a statement from sister Lisa, she reflected on how, at the end of every phone call, Luke always said "I love you."

"And they were the last words he said to me," the statement said.

His father Terry delivered a moving eulogy, about Luke growing up as a child and attending Nimbin and Coffee Camp Public School's before they moved to Lismore, where he went to Goonellabah Public School and Kadina High.

"Luke was such a mischievous spirit, always out for a laugh," he lovingly recalled.

He reflected on his son's love of animals, including his first dog, mice, birds, reptiles and fish, and his prized frilled neck lizard "Buddy" that used to sit on his shoulder and fascinate everyone he met.

"When he went into bars with Buddy he became the focal point of free drinks," he said.

"Luke made many friends throughout his life and wonderful workmates, shown by the turnout today."

Mr Joslin told of Luke's love for his son Austin and his partner of eight years, Kirra.

"Luke, you are now Austin's guardian angel."

As a mark of respect, Booyong Meatworks closed for the day, so Luke's co-workers could farewell their mate.

Greenday's Time of your Life played, as family and friends carried Luke's coffin, which had been autographed with messages and tributes, to the waiting hearse.

Following the funeral, family and close friends attended a private cremation.

Topics:  fatal crashes, funerals




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