HAPPIER TIMES: Jason Osborne with his family, who have been helped by the local community since his death.
HAPPIER TIMES: Jason Osborne with his family, who have been helped by the local community since his death. Contributed

Community rallies for family who lost father to cancer

THE tragic and untimely death of a former Yamba chef has sparked the community's generosity, which in turn will give his young son a birthday to remember.

Forty-three-year-old Jason Osborne died on April 25 after a battle with stomach cancer, leaving behind his wife Narelle and children, Ruby, 7, and Jude, 5.

Before moving to Coffs Harbour to work as a teacher, the young father lived in Yamba and worked at a number of local places including Causley's Fresh and the kiosk at Yamba's main beach.

Wanting to ease the financial burden for the family, Yamba woman Krystal Butler, who used to babysit Mr Osborne's two children, started an online campaign through GofundMe.

"He was widely known and everyone had something good to say about him," she said.

Thanks to the generous support of those who knew him, she managed to raise $1645 in just six days.

Ms Butler said the money would be used to help tide the family over until funds came through, and would also help his son Jude celebrate his upcoming sixth birthday in style.

"Little Jude's birthday is coming up quickly, and Narelle wants nothing more than to give him a happy day and something to smile about through their time of grief, but with all the funeral expenses for Jason and what not, Narelle has been stressing about not being able to provide this financially," she said.

"Narelle asked me to cut the campaign short to give Ruby and Jude a nice day for the birthday.

"She wants to focus on them."



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