LAUGH­TER AMID TEARS FOR DAD

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SAM BIDEY sam.bidey@news.com.au

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.

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

FI­NAL JOUR­NEY: Corey Chris­tensen’s cof­fin is car­ried to the hearse at yes­ter­day’s fu­neral ser­vice at Alva Beach.

Corey Chris­tensen.

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