Mother grateful for community support
More than $8000 has been raised by the Karratha community to help put to rest a much loved son, loyal brother and generous friend today.
Twenty-year-old Jaiden Kevin Parent was the passenger in a car involved in a high-speed crash near Jandakot on August 4, which left him in a critical condition in Royal Perth Hospital.
His parents, Teena Fletcher and Kevin Parent, had to make the heartbreaking decision to turn off his life support the following evening when it was revealed he would not recover.
Jaiden’s death has seen a generous response from the Karratha community, who have dug deep to help relieve the financial burden of funeral expenses.
Local netball and footy clubs have also worn black armbands in his memory and more than 50 friends gathered at his favourite watering hole to remember him earlier this month.
Ms Fletcher said she had been overwhelmed with support since her son’s death.
“The money raised will allow me to buy a really nice headstone for Jaiden’s grave; words cannot describe how grateful I am,” she said.
“He’s made a huge impact on a lot of people’s lives, obviously more so than I ever realised.
“Just to see he has touched so many people has made me the proudest mum ever, people genuinely saw a good decent bloke in Jaiden.”
Ms Fletcher said she had lost her eldest son far too soon but the spirit of Jaiden would always live on in her heart.
“Jaiden always lived life to the fullest, he lived hard and played hard,” she said.
“I remember the countless times we had trips to the hospital after he stacked it off his bike, or broke his pelvis playing footy; he always went full bolt in everything he did.
“Jaiden even kept his spirits up for the most part when he was recovering from a motocross accident which left him wheelchair-bound for a year.
“He never lived his life behind fear and was always ready to grab life by the horns.”
Ms Fletcher said her son would always be remembered for his tenacity, fierce sense of loyalty and cheeky sense of humour.
“He loved his bike and his dog, he wasn’t a bloke with a lot of material things but those meant the world to him,” she said.
“He was a very family-oriented young man, his brother Chase was his best friend; he would have done absolutely anything to protect his little brother and his cousins Rachel and Kayla.
“Jaiden had a very good sense of humour and the biggest smile ... I loved the way he had that little giggle of his when he laughed.
“My son was a fun-loving larrikin, with a big heart and I will miss him terribly for the rest of my life.”
Jaiden will be put to rest today at Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth.
The service will begin at the chapel from 10.30am to noon, followed by a celebration of his life from 1.30pm at the Captain Stirling Hotel on Stirling Highway.
Ms Fletcher said she was looking forward to sharing memories with the people Jaiden had touched in his short 20 years.
Ms Fletcher wished to thank the following businesses: Pilbara News, Skywest, Karratha Bikers Association, Pilbara Motorcycle Sisters, Saints Christian Motorcycle Club, BB Landscaping, First National Real Estate, Tyrepower North West 4x4, Karratha Pet Grooming and Alldoors Locksmith.
Jaiden Parent died after he was the passenger in a serious car accident near Jandakot earlier this month.