Memorial for a life cut tragically short
Community mourns ‘much-loved’ plumber
THE Nambucca community is in mourning over the tragic death of 26-year-old plumber Ryan Duffus.
A memorial service was held for Mr Duffus yesterday at Lions Lookout in Nambucca Heads.
Mr Duffus, who was working in Perth at the time of his death, was planning to move back to NSW and marry his high school sweetheart, Anita Condron, next year, according to WAtoday.
His life was tragically cut short two weeks ago after the trench he was working in at a Mosman Park construction site suddenly began filling with water and mud, believed to be from a burst water main.
WAtoday reported that workers tried to pull Mr Duffus from the flooding trench but to no avail.
His employer, Vivian Plumbing, and the Masters Plumbers and Gasfitters Association of Western Australia set up a fundraising page to support the Duffus family with funeral costs.
They described Mr Duffus as a “much-loved human being” and a “respected, highskilled tradesperson”.
Within seven days the fundraiser reached its goal of $30,000.
“Overwhelming to see the generosity of everyone,” Ryan’s mother, Margaret, wrote.
“Your heartfelt thoughts and prayers are helping the family at this difficult time.”
Worksafe is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.
INCREDIBLY SAD: A memorial was held for Ryan Duffus at Lions Lookout in Nambucca yesterday.
Ryan Duffus and Anita Condron were set to get married next year.