Final tributes for Crocs star
GRAEME Elliot was a healthy active young man who enjoyed life, a gifted AFL footballer and the apple of his father Gary’s eyes.
But his family will bury the 21-year-old today after he died in Mossman hospital on March 20.
It will be a time to celebrate his short but precious life.
“When he was a kid, the energy he had from being a baby and trying to keep up with him was a nightmare,” Gary remembered.
“Trying to wipe him without him runningaway, you had to watch him 24 hours a day, he so full of energy - that’s what I remember about him, amazing energy.
“He was a Port Douglas kid born in Mossman, lived here all his life and had a lot of friends.
“He loved his footy, started playing when young, right through to senior football, been to South Africa with the indigenous youth side in 2006 and played for the Queensland Country side couple of occasions, representing Cairns too many times to mention.”
His death is still being investigated by the northern coroner and the coroner is awaiting the autopsy report, which will shed some light for the family, who are still without any answers.
“We had a meeting with the hospital and a Queensland Health guy to get a summary of what happened through the procedures to clear a few things up but it didn’t take place because of the rain,” Gary said.
“We’re not blaming anyone, we just want to know hopefully no mistakes were made, we’re not out to ruin anybody we just want to know what’s happened and stop it happening to somebody else.”
For now, the family will have to wait to find answers to their questions and will put on brave faces today for the funeral.
“We’re okay, we will get through it (the funeral) tomorrow and go from there,” Gary said.
“It’s very hard when you don’t know and just shake your head and ask why.
“He was so fit and young and never really been sick in his entire life, he had the occasional flu, but we never had him in hospital, he never spent long spells sick in bed, he was a very up-and-at-em healthy active young man.”
The funeral will be held at St Mary’s Church, which is next to Port Douglas State School in Endeavour St, from 11am and anyone who wants to pay their respects are welcome to attend.
Graeme’s mates from the Crocs AFL team will form a guard of honour at the funeral and the wake will be held at the Crocpit afterwards.