Lov­ing mem­o­ries of what be­came the per­fect team ... Dean and Reen

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - REEN MERCER

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.

Pic­ture: HARVPIX

Reen Mercer speaks with son Bray­den by her side yes­ter­day.

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