Memo­rial for a life cut trag­i­cally short

Com­mu­nity mourns ‘much-loved’ plumber

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - JAS­MINE MIN­HAS jas­mine.min­has@coff­s­coas­tad­vo­

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.

Photo: GoFundMe

IN­CRED­I­BLY SAD: A memo­rial was held for Ryan Duf­fus at Lions Look­out in Nam­bucca yes­ter­day.

Photo: Face­book

Ryan Duf­fus and Anita Con­dron were set to get mar­ried next year.

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