Family finishes story
THE family of a young pastor whose death left a Hills community bereaved has published a book she wrote about 15 years ago.
Grandmother Nanette Esam’s daughter Rebecca Anderson ( 36) died unexpectedly in 2013 while on holiday.
She was a chaplain at Eastern Hills Senior High School for more than nine years.
Such was the outpouring of grief over her sudden death that a memorial was built at the school, where she affected the lives of several generations of students.
One student wrote on the memorial: “Her heart was too big for her little body”.
The late pastor’s sister Nicky Ford said ‘ Bec’ loved working with young people and enjoyed writing.
Her children’s book Bumpel Swivet is a story about two friends who go on imaginary adventures around the world from their home backyard.
The origins of the name are a mystery.
Determined to see the story in print, Mrs Esam searched for an illustrator to complete the book.
“Then Nicky said to me ‘ Mum, why don’t you do it?’,” she said.
“So I got myself an art teacher and she helped me work on the illustrations. I based two of the characters on my grandchildren Lachlan and Emily.”
Granddaughter Emily was proud to be in the storybook.
“Last year when my school had a book fair, I just dressed up as myself,” she said.
A book launch on Bec’s birthday was a special moment for the family.
Nanette Esam reading Bumpel Swivet to grandchildren Emily, Lachlan and baby Ivy Ford, with a photo of daughter Rebecca Anderson in the room.