Popular young man farewelled
MARK Elliott may have been just 21 years old but he has left a lasting mark on this world.
More than 500 people attended his funeral last Thursday at the property of his friends, Tassie and Beth Dell, on the outskirts of Biggenden.
Mark’s beloved horses and dogs were also present.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services chaplain Rod Strong led the tributes to themanwho had displayed community spirit and a willingness to get involved – a trait seldom seen in young men of his age.
Mark died at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital onWednesday, September 26, from injuries sustained after a fall from his horse at the Gin Gin Campdraft.
Through his generosity his organs have benefited others after his death.
Mark was educated at Biggenden State School before attending Years 11 and 12 at Isis District High.
Delivering the eulogy, Gordon Downing said Mark jumped at the career opportunity of a school-based apprenticeship with Fred and Glenda Robinson, then owners of Biggenden Butchery.
It was a proud moment for the family when his trainer nominated Mark for the Meat Industry Apprenticeship of the Year.
After Mark became a qualified butcher he decided to learn some different aspects of butchering and went to work at Biggenden Meatworks where he undertook various courses.
At the time of his death he was undertaking a meat inspector’s course.
In recent months Mark had also become interested and involved with work at Muan Feedlot.
He was particularly looking forward to the Rockhampton Bull Sale and had devoted many hours with the bulls, Mr Downing said.
“Mark’s hard work with his horseswas just beginning to pay off,” he said.
“One of his proudest momentswas running second in the maiden draft at the Biggenden Show on his grey horse Earl.”
Mark was a valued member of the Biggenden Apex Club, Biggenden Auxiliary Fire Service, Biggenden Charity Campdraft Committee, Biggenden Show Society and the community’s Junior Citizen of the Year in 2011.
Friend Robbie Radel highlighted the times he and Mark shared in the “titty bar”. He was referring to the time they spent in the dairy milking the cows on Sunday afternoons.
“These visits would bring about a huge range of topics, from solving the problems of the world, to what utter rubbish is on television of a night time, or his passion for campdrafting, and the occasional deep and meaningful about life, love, family, and even organ donation,” he said.
“There are no words that can adequately sum up nor accurately describe the unrivalled level of respect that is used by everyone when they speak of Mark.
“The term ‘gentleman’ isn’t a commonly used word anymore, especially in someone so young, however when we think of Mark, it’s a description that fits perfectly.
“In all that he said, and all that he did, Markwas a credit to his family, and left this world with an unblotted copybook.
“Whilst there is absolutely no doubt that the tragic accident that took Mark’s life seems unfair to us all, I think if we all had the chance to choose howwewere to go, we would all choose to be doing something that we love.
“Mark was fortunate enough to have that happen for him. He wouldn’t want us to be sad, rather remember him the way he always was... happy, smiling cheekily and ready to have a joke.”
He said Mark would forever be remembered as a wonderful son for Bruce and Vicki, an annoying but caring brother for Megan, a loving grandson, the most loyal friend for every person he became close to, and the “most generous, big-hearted young man who any of us will have the honour of meeting”.
“In short, Mark is the type of person that we want our sons to grow up like and our daughters to marry,” Mr Radel said.
A guard of honour included Queensland Fire and Emergency Services personnel from across the region and members of the Biggenden Apex Club and Biggenden Pony Club.
Donations in Mark’s memory can be made to theAGL Action Rescue Helicopter, Sunshine Coast Airport, David LowWay, Marcoola, 4564.
SAYING GOODBYE: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services chaplain Rod Strong leads the funeral procession at Mark Elliott’s funeral.