Hundreds mourn popular John Creighton at funeral service
IT WAS standing room only as hundreds of family, friends and mates gathered in Kyogle to celebrate the life of John JC Creighton.
A crowd of about 200 people spilled onto the lawns of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church yesterday to honour his memory.
Mr Creighton died in the Gold Coast hospital last Thursday night after suffering serious head injuries in a tragic logging incident.
A tree branch caught in the forest canopy fell on his head on private property at Whian Whian last Wednesday.
Born in Kyogle, the hard working, dedicated family man was raised on the family farm he went on to purchase.
Choking back tears, Mr Creighton's son Russell gave a moving eulogy detailing the life of a son, husband, brother, father, grandfather and mate to many.
"At the age of 18, John met the love of his life, Barbara Smith at the local dairy festival," he said. "Dad loved the farm life and it was always his dream for he and mum to have a farm of their own."
Mr Creighton and wife Barbara loved when their five grandchildren visited the farm. Mr Creighton worked for the Forestry Corporation of NSW for almost 39 years, in a distinguished career. He played rugby league, cricket, touch football and bowls and coached the Kyogle Turkeys under 18s to their first premiership.
Forestry Corporation regional manager Craig Busby said Mr Creighton was unflappable under pressure.
"John had an ability to keep everything under control and took everything in his stride," he said.
Mr Creighton is survived by his wife Barbara, children Russell and Wendy, their partners Christy and Mark and five grandchildren.