Mother grate­ful for com­mu­nity sup­port

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

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.

Pic­ture: Teena Fletcher

Jaiden Par­ent died af­ter he was the pas­sen­ger in a se­ri­ous car ac­ci­dent near Jan­dakot ear­lier this month.

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