LAUGHTER AMID TEARS FOR DAD
THE sister of a man killed in a tragic stabbing that shook a North Queensland community has promised to care for the three young boys and grieving wife he left behind.
Corey Christensen’s funeral service was held yesterday directly across the road from his family home at the Ayr Surf Life Saving Club at Alva Beach, just around the corner from where he died.
Mr Christensen was remembered as a loving father, husband, son, brother, uncle cousin, friend and Brisbane Broncos fan.
His sister Renaee Lisowiec fought back tears as she ad- dressed hundreds of family and friends who had gathered to pay their respects.
The service was a celebration of life with both tears and laughter for the 37- year- old who was fatally stabbed, along with another man, in the early hours of October 1.
“You were a hard- working, kind, caring, respectful and generous person to all around you,” Ms Lisowiec said.
“When I think of you, I think of all the good times – there really never was a bad.
“You were a friend to everyone … most of all you were a person who was loved by everyone.
“I will miss you. I will miss your infectious smile, I will miss your infectious jokes and I will miss knowing you will be here when I come to visit.
“I promise to look after ( your wife) Jaye, ( the children), Mum and Dad.
“You will never be forgotten Corey. Alva will certainly never be the same.”
Brett Micola portrayed Mr Christensen as a fun- loving character with a passion for family, fishing and footy.
“If you met ( Corey) for the first time you would instantly like him. He had a gentle nature and never was one for confrontation,” he said.
“I’m sure, without a doubt, his greatest achievements were his three sons. Without Jaye this was not possible. They were a great team.”
Mr Christensen’s passion for the Brisbane Broncos was such that people were encouraged to wear the team’s clothing to the funeral service.
Items of significance were placed on or near his coffin, which was draped in a Brisbane Broncos flag.
The celebration of Mr Christensen’s life culminated in a round of applause as the pallbearers carried the coffin to the hearse.
Anglican minister Dway Goon Chew, who presided over the service, said words could not take away the pain people felt about Corey’s sudden death and the mystery surrounding it.
“We may have many feelings alongside our grief. This is a harsher moment than we could have ever expected,” he said. “Around this death there may never be answers to all our questions.
“In the face of that, let us open our hearts to one another in mutual comfort and reassurance.”
Tom Davy, 27, was the other man killed in the stabbing incident that claimed Mr Christensen’s life.
Nineteen- year- old Dean Webber was initially questioned by police in relation to the incident but was later released without charge. It is understood police believe he acted in self- defence.
FINAL JOURNEY: Corey Christensen’s coffin is carried to the hearse at yesterday’s funeral service at Alva Beach.