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RE­MEM­BERED by loved ones as a bub­bly, beau­ti­ful child who loved Tonka trucks, cars and Match­box toys, three-year-old Phoenix McDon­ald was farewelled in an emo­tional ser­vice at Mt Perry on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

The ser­vice was at­tended by com­mu­nity mem­bers, fam­ily and friends, com­mem­o­rat­ing the tod­dler who trag­i­cally drowned in his fam­ily’s dam.

Phoenix’s par­ents, Wayne and Sarah, read a trib­ute from The Cord, with words “we are con­nected, my child and I, by an invisible cord not seen by the eye, it pulls at my heart, I am bruised, I am sore, but this cord is my life­line like never be­fore.”

His grand­par­ents also of­fered a trib­ute.

“All wrapped up in your blan­ket, we were so blessed to be given a pre­cious grand­son like you. You have filled our lives with so much joy and more,” his grand­mother said.

“Poppy and I will miss our lit­tle talks over the phone and your beau­ti­ful smile. You will al­ways be in our hearts, we will miss you so much.”

Fam­ily friend Bon­nie Tre­van­ion said the fam­ily was in­sep­a­ra­ble.

“He had his bikes and cars and they trav­elled every­where with him, even to play­group. Phoenix would give the cars to his mother for safe-keep­ing,” Mrs Tre­van­ion said.

“He was just a beau­ti­ful child. He loved craft and his par­ents just shared this amaz­ing bond.”

The cer­e­mony ended with three doves re­leased into the sky to hon­our Phoenix’s three years.

“It was a very emo­tional mo­ment, we watched them take off, it was a pause mo­ment where ev­ery­one just paused and looked up to the sky,” Mrs Tre­van­ion said.

The Mt Perry com­mu­nity has been show­ing its sup­port to the griev­ing fam­ily.

❝ You have filled our lives with so much joy and more...we will miss you so much. — Phoenix’s grand­mother


TRAGIC LOSS: Three year old Phoenix McDon­ald on his green mo­tor­bike.

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