Miles farewells of­fi­cer Chris

Re­mem­bered as a beloved fa­ther, hus­band and friend

The Western Star - - News - Kate McCor­mack

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.

“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 Miles com­mu­nity, Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice and In­de­pen­dent Rid­ers Dar­ling Downs have col­lec­tively raised over $19,000 for the Grimes fam­ily through sev­eral dif­fer­ent fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives.

The fu­neral will be held to­day 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.

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