Work­mates build cof­fin

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

IN a poignant re­flec­tion of the im­pact of Christchurch’s dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake a week ago, it was re­ported Tues­day that one of those killed will be buried in a cof­fin crafted by his work­mates out of tim­ber from his fam­ily home. Joiner Owen Morris Wright – a fa­ther of two – sur­vived the ini­tial 6.3-mag­ni­tude earth­quake, but was killed by fall­ing boul­ders in an af­ter­shock as he tried to get home, The Do­min­ion Post re­ported. No date has been set for Wright’s fu­neral, but staff at his Christchurch busi­ness Join­ery by De­sign spent Mon­day mak­ing his cof­fin, cousin and busi­ness part­ner Evan McLach­lan said. Wright is one of a hand­ful of the 154 con­firmed dead whose names have been re­leased by authorities.

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