Friends grieve for young deck­hand who loved life

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Sharon Small­wood

WHIT­SUN­DAY deck­hand Kieran Browne was in the prime of his life when it was cut trag­i­cally short in the early hours of Mon­day, July 1.

The 28-year-old was work­ing aboard the Whit­sun­day char­ter boat Samu­rai, which docked at Abell Point Ma­rina on Tues­day af­ter­noon with­out him.

Kieran’s body was re­cov­ered by spe­cial­ist divers near Hook Is­land just be­fore 6pm on Mon­day. Ini­tial re­ports in­di­cate the young man drowned but the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the tragedy are still not clear. Kieran will be greatly missed by fam­ily and friends.

Since mov­ing to the Whit­sun­days about two years ago, Kieran, also known by the nick­name of ‘Taco’, held a va­ri­ety of jobs in­clud­ing a stint with Cruise Whit­sun­days aboard Camira and jobs as a landscaper and post­man.

Close friend Sandy Vin­cent said he was the kind of per­son who “just did ev­ery­thing”.

“But he’d al­ways come back to the wa­ter – that was what he was truly pas­sion­ate about,” she said.

"Kieran is the Whit­sun­day heart­beat. He had more lives than you can count off with your two hands. A room full of his clos­est friends would still not have enough fin­gers. But this is where his heart lies,” Sandy said.

“He in­volved us fully and em­braced us just as the world did for him. In know­ing him for an hour or for years, you knew him. In hear­ing about him, you now know him. Take this mo­ment and give it to him be- cause he gave us so much.”

Samu­rai’s owner Rick Sam­para also paid trib­ute to a man he classed as a friend. “I’m deeply sad­dened. He was a great mate and he’ll be greatly missed,” Mr Sam­para said.

Kieran’s ashes will be scat­tered at Fun­nel Bay this Satur­day be­tween 12-2.30pm. Those who knew him are wel­come to take a boat out to be a part of the cer­e­mony. A wake will fol­low up­stairs at Mag­nums Ho­tel on Satur­day af­ter­noon. His fu­neral will be held in his home state of Vic­to­ria on Thurs­day at 12pm.

LIFE AND SOUL: 28-year-old Kieran Browne will be sorely missed by his fam­ily and friends. Photo taken by Kieran’s friend, Mark For­nasiero.

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