Farewell to Jaxson Bradey

JACKSON Taylor Bradey, or ‘Jaxson' to his family and friends, would have been happy to see a sea of pink shirts, hair and arm bands at his memorial service in Hamilton Hall yesterday. Pink was Jaxson's favourite colour.

His friends were a testament to his loving nature, saying he would never let anyone be sad and was always ready with a kind word and a smile.

Flowers filled the stage behind his casket, which was also covered in flowers and rose petals.

While his grieving family sat at the front of the hall, more than 500 people touched by Jaxson in his 15 too-short years gathered to bid him farewell.

Celebrant Gai Lemon spoke about how, a week ago, a vibrant, kind-hearted Jaxson lost his life in a random act of violence in Gympie's CBD.

She said the service was being held to honour the delightful spirit that was Jaxson Bradey – a son, brother and uncle who was taken too early.

On behalf of the family, Ms Lemon thanked David Phillips, the Gympie man who risked his own life trying to protect Jaxson from his attacker. She also paid tribute to Gympie police and doctors and nurses from Gympie, Royal Brisbane and Nambour hospitals.

“Ultimately we gather as one, as what has been lost was precious...(in) disbelief it could happen in our town, but it did. It is a fruitless search to understand what could have been done differently and why.”

Ms Lemon said it was ironic Jaxson believed in walking away from violence. “We must not let this random act of violence shape who we are”.

Gauging by the outpouring of emotion in anecdotes and poems shared, Jaxson had many friends.

His sister Katrina spoke the words his mother couldn't.

“You'll always be special Jaxson...I didn't know when you kissed me on the forehead on Friday morning it would be the last time...I hope you know I love you with all my heart.”

Jaxson's favourite music played while family and friends followed his casket through a guard of honour formed by fellow SES cadets.

Gympie Times


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