‘HE IS WITH US IN SPIRIT’

Miles com­mu­nity farewells beloved fa­ther and friend

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THE Miles com­mu­nity are prepar­ing to say their fi­nal farewells to dear friend, fa­ther, col­league, am­bu­lance of­fi­cer and com­mu­nity mem­ber Chris Grimes after he lost his eight-year bat­tle with cancer last Thurs­day.

Chris and his wife Leanne moved from the Gold Coast to Miles with their three chil­dren Bai­ley, Is­abel and Tahlia in 2010 and soon be­came a beloved part of the tight-knit com­mu­nity.

THE Miles com­mu­nity are prepar­ing to say their fi­nal farewells to dear friend, fa­ther, col­league, am­bu­lance of­fi­cer and com­mu­nity mem­ber Chris Grimes after he lost his eight-year bat­tle with cancer last Thurs­day.

Chris and his wife Leanne moved from the Gold Coast to Miles with their three chil­dren Bai­ley, Is­abel and Tahlia in 2010 and soon be­came a beloved part of the tight-knit com­mu­nity.

The ma­jor­ity of the Miles town­ship will re­mem­ber Chris for his pas­sion­ate ser­vice as of­fi­cer in charge of the Miles am­bu­lance ser­vice and as a won­der­ful friend and con­fi­dante to ev­ery­one who was lucky enough to cross his path.

“He adored his job and help­ing peo­ple. He couldn’t wait to move out here to take the job. He re­ally came to love the town and the peo­ple,” Mrs Grimes said.

“I know Chris wanted noth­ing more than to get back to work after his treat­ment, I was al­ways amazed by how stub­born he was through­out his cancer bat­tle. He was very de­ter­mined to fight it, right up to the very end.

“Chris was an amaz­ing hus­band and fa­ther, and a great friend.

“I don’t think there was any­one who met him who didn’t like him.

“Our fam­ily is eter­nally grate­ful for the gen­eros­ity and sup­port of our com­mu­nity through this hard time.”

Close friend and Chris’ col­league Lenni Davis has spent the last five months or­gan­is­ing a big com­mu­nity day and char­ity ride in a bid to help raise funds to sup­port the Grimes fam­ily through this try­ing time.

“I know Chris was re­ally look­ing for­ward to last Satur­day’s event and com­ing along on the ride with ev­ery­one,” Lenni said.

“His pass­ing was un­ex­pected but we know he was with all of us in spirit.

❝Chris was an amaz­ing hus­band and fa­ther, and a great friend. I don’t think there was any­one who met him who didn’t like him.

— Leanne Grimes

“We de­cided to go ahead with the fundraiser be­cause he would have wanted us to have a good day and to en­joy our­selves in his hon­our.

“We’ve man­aged to raise a sig­nif­i­cant amount of money for the Grimes fam­ily who have been an in­te­gral part of our com­mu­nity since mov­ing here nearly 10 years ago... be­fore Chris passed away he told me he was a lit­tle ner­vous about the poker run, as he was never one to be the cen­tre of at­ten­tion, but he said to me ‘Lenni I’ll try my best for you’ and he did. Chris did his very best for all of us and we are go­ing to miss him im­mensely.”

The fu­neral will be held to­mor­row at 10am in the Le­ich­hardt Cen­tre on Daw­son St in Miles. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to at­tend.

VALE CHRIS: The Grimes fam­ily at the char­ity ride held in Chris’ hon­our last Satur­day. Or­gan­iser Lenni Davis said Chris was re­ally look­ing for­ward to tag­ging along, but was with them in spirit.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

The late Chris Grimes of Miles was loved by all who met him.

Chris and Leanne Grimes with their three chil­dren Bai­ley, Is­abel and Tahlia.

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