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.
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.