Final tributes for Crocs star

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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.

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