Life?s mission over at 18
By ZOE SATHERLEY
IT WASN'T just those by the graveside who wept as young Borris Borleis was laid to rest last Friday.
The angels would have cried, too.
One of the region's brightest stars chose a fast path home to the heavens on September 6, ending his life at the age of 18.
The Nimbin youth with dashing good looks and a ready smile had everything to live for. Borris was known to all as a bright, gentle, intelligent, caring young man.
He was a Queensland State champion in karate, which he had been studying with friend, mentor and instructor Michael Murray, for the past eight years.
Speaking at his funeral, Mr Murray said Borris was extremely talented and a joy to teach.
"He showed so much promise, not only as a competitor but as a brilliant teacher," Mr Murray said.
"I was his teacher, but he actually taught me a great deal."
Borris was just about to get his black belt and Mr Murray presented it to his parents, Christian and Florie Borleis, as a symbol of the respect and honour Borris was held in by the karate fraternity.
Christian Borleis told the gathering his son was 'the brightest star, always happy, friendly and inspiring. He was a great communicator and his gentleness made him lasting friends'.
"It is not for us to ask why the Lord recalled him so early. Apparently Borris had fulfilled his mission here on Earth. We must end mourning about him and let him rest in peace," his father said.
"Borris' future now belongs in the higher dimensions. We will keep him in our hearts and he will be forever in our memory."
Margie Hayes, principal of Nimbin Central School, paid tribute to Borris as an exceptional Year 12 student.
She presented his family with a Gold Medallion, the highest student honour.
"Losing him in this way is one of life's unfathomable mysteries and the sense of grief and disbelief is palpable at school and in the community," she said.
Liway Borleis, Borris' sister, paid tribute to 'the best big brother a little sister could wish for'.
"Thanks for loving me for who I am. I always looked up to you. Now I finally can."
The Northern Star has reported on this tragic death at the request of the family, parents Christian and Florie, brother Raph and sister Liway.