Loving memories of what became the perfect team ... Dean and Reen
Reen Mercer bravely paid tribute to her husband at his funeral. This is an edited extract of her words:
WHEN I was a little girl, I remember thinking how great it would be to marry someone named Dean. ‘Dean and Reen’ – it sounded so perfect. And then I did. I married Dean and it was perfect.
Dean and I crossed paths a number of times … and there was always an undeniable spark and attraction there.
Dean was persistent, persistent with his goals in ironman and persistent with
chasing me – literally.
The night we got together I was running down the street in Mooloolaba to my car after a (surf) club Christmas party. He was running down the street after me.
As I was running, I thought “Why not? He’s a bit of all right” … so I slowed down just a little and let him catch me. We kissed and that was it. We were both in.
Dean and I adored each other and created the best life together. He gave me four beautiful, amazing iron boys – Brayden, Rory, Lachlan and Joshie. I’m so grateful to him for them.
The thing I’ll miss about him most is the look on our boys’ faces when Dad comes home. He worshipped his sons and they idolised their dad. He did everything for them and everything with them.
I could not have dreamt of a better man to be the father of my children. Our family was always his number one priority.
Dean was a hands-on dad who did everything around the house. He wasn’t just a parent. He put time and energy into parenting.
He gave everyone time and took time to listen to people and did everything in his power to help them when he could.
I guess that reflects the outgoing grief these past two weeks … his warmth and kindness touched the hearts of a lot of people.
We will miss him so much. His absence has left an unfilled hole in all our lives.
I’m so glad he kept chasing and I’m so glad I slowed down enough to let him catch me and I’m so grateful he chose me. We will miss you so much.
Reen Mercer speaks with son Brayden by her side yesterday.