Ad­ven­turer farewelled

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By ROSE CAW­LEY

THE men who shared Jerome Box’s fi­nal flight re­flected on the great ad­ven­turer at his fu­neral.

Hun­dreds of mourn­ers came to­gether on Au­gust 22 to re­mem­ber and cel­e­brate the 52-year-old Grey Lynn man who died in a he­li­copter crash on Au­gust 16 at Mt Alta near Wanaka.

Crew mem­bers and four other parish­ioners from St Paul’s Angli­can Church were in­jured in the heli-ski­ing crash.

One of the men, David Reid, re­flected on the week­end that ‘‘didn’t end the way we thought it would’’.

‘‘It was re­ally Jerome to go look­ing for ad­ven­ture and it was re­ally Jerome to drag peo­ple along – not that it took much. We had a great warmup run. It was a beau­ti­ful clear day and then we took off on the flight that brought us here to­day.’’

He says all the men are ‘‘dev­as­tated’’ by what hap­pened.

‘‘We will re­mem­ber him always.’’

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony at Green­lane Chris­tian Cen­tre his brother Greg de­scribed him as a gift.

‘‘He was just great from the day he was born.’’

Jerome’s older sib­ling says the ad­ven­turer was his best friend.

‘‘He was the bright­est light in my life and now that has gone out and I don’t know how it will ever be filled.

‘‘His big­gest legacy is the peo­ple here to­day.’’

His sis­ter Gay­brielle says the adren­a­line junkie had ‘‘nine lives’’.

‘‘He was 100 miles an hour right from the start.

‘‘I want to in­ject your pas­sion into the world.’’

She says that even in the face of test­ing and painful health prob­lems Box pur­sued his pas­sion for ad­ven­ture and the New Zealand out­doors.

Johnny Grant, who con­ducted the ser­vice, says the greatly val­ued man will leave an im­mense hole within the church com­mu­nity and his young fam­ily.

The Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity and Trans­port Accident In­ves­ti­ga­tion Com­mis­sion are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the crash.

Photo: LAWRENCE SMITH

Great loss: Friends and fam­ily gather at the Green­lane Chris­tian Cen­tre for the fu­neral of Jerome Box, 52, a con­struc­tion com­pany direc­tor of Grey Lynn, who was killed when a he­li­copter crashed dur­ing a trip from Queen­stown.

An ad­ven­turer: Grey Lynn man Jerome Box was killed in a he­li­copter crash while he­liski­ing near Wanaka.

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