'Incredible man': Family's tribute to Garry Kirstenfeldt

TOOWOOMBA man Garry Kirstenfeldt has been remembered by his family as an incredible man who touched all of their lives.

Daughter Jennifer Kirstenfeldt today set up a GoFundMe page for her father, who died on Wednesday after contracting COVID-19 on the Voyager of the Seas cruise ship.

"Our father was a man with much more life in him," Ms Kirstenfeldt said.

"Garry Kirstenfeldt was the most incredible man in all our lives. Our mother and my three siblings have so many beautiful memories and knew we had been very lucky.

"Our dad always had time for each of us, playing games or dealing with our squabble. He made an impression on all he met and considered his friends extended family."

Ms Kirstenfeldt said her father loved going on vacations, both at home on the coast and overseas.

"He had been on 16 cruise ships and loved to relax with family or worry about activities to keep us entertained," she said.

Garry Kirstenfeldt has been remembered by his family as an incredible man who touched all of their lives.
Garry Kirstenfeldt has been remembered by his family as an incredible man who touched all of their lives. GoFundMe

"His favourite would have been the one around Hawaii. He had wanted to retire there, no matter how difficult it would have been.

"We never expected his 17th cruise (Voyager of the Seas) to be his last or no one to be at his side for the last moments of his life."

She said the family could not be by Garry's side when he died because of quarantine restrictions.

"He had been at death's door multiple times before," she said.

"I would need both my hands and another to count all the times he gave us such frights but fought his way back to us.

"We struggled not being by his side in ICU or as he died since we are all in self-isolation but his eldest daughter, Orinda, and youngest son, Kevin, are isolated away from home as the rest of our family are confirmed."

Ms Kirstenfeldt said her mother was  now planning a funeral Garry's funeral, a funeral her mum can't event attend due to being in isolation.

"It's been a struggle on our mother as she now needs to plan a funeral she won't be able to attend physically but we need to celebrate the amazing man he was," she said.

"Orinda and Kevin will be able to attend the funeral as we have planned to have it the day after their isolation ends, (on April 3).

"Our mother, Jennifer, will take the burden on her shoulders to deal with the expenses for the funeral and debts of financial difficulty.

"We, her children, will help her all the way and support each other in any way we can but unfortunately need to ask for help due to his sudden passing.

"We love him with all our hearts and miss him more than words could say."

To donate to the GoFundMe click here.



Farmer’s market closes, order apples from the farm

premium_icon Farmer’s market closes, order apples from the farm

STANTHORPE Apples will make home deliveries to support their Northern Rivers...

Sudden rise of COVID-19 cases in health district

premium_icon Sudden rise of COVID-19 cases in health district

Jump in official figures, some cases locally acquired

Bluey live shows delayed until 'later in the year'

premium_icon Bluey live shows delayed until 'later in the year'

Our favourite doggy family has been forced to postpone the Big Play