Hundreds in farewell for Louise Dekens and David Young
TRAFFIC was gridlocked in Nambour from the showground lights back through two roundabouts yesterday morning as a stream of cars headed to the funeral of Louise Dekens and David Young.
The Coolum couple, tragically killed on August 21 by Mr Young's brother before he was fatally shot by police, were finally laid to rest in the company of hundreds of family and friends who overflowed into the reception area and out into the courtyard of the large Gregson and Weight chapel.
Those who were still seeking answers to the tragedy were urged by Louise's father Anton to desist to allow the grieving process to take place.
He spoke of a much-loved daughter with an infectious laugh and a strong will and her partner David as being like a son to him and his wife.
Both were remembered as generous, warm and inclus-ive people who constantly looked out for their friends and others in need.
As has been the case since the two were killed, the strength of the two families shone through, fortifying those who had come to share their grief.
Tears were never far from the surface but laughter also bubbled over as friends and family members recalled the couple's endearing foibles.
They had been a couple associated with good times - weekends up the beach at Double Island, down south at Iluka for the surfing and fishing mad Dave and the neph- ews and nieces he taught to surf and to Somerset Dam where his red claw fishing skills came to the fore.
Before else though was the love for their daughter Alex , a 12-year-old who has become the centre of the care and attention of family and all who knew the couple.
Mr Dekens shared he and his wife's last moments with their daughter, a regular Wednesday morning get-together for coffee and a chat in Coolum before, with a wave and a final cry out to her father, Louise rode off for home on the trusty pushbike that carried her everywhere around Coolum.
Her brother Kasmer spoke of a sister he loved dearly as he had her partner Dave, whose affections for his young nieces and nephews radiated.
Tim and Michael Young and their step-sister Stacey Atkins in turn were also warm in their praise for their brother's generosity of spirit and their love of the woman he had chosen as his life partner.
Friends who spoke recalled a couple who were cheeky, loving, infectious in their laughter, warm with their hospitality and never stinting in their generosity.
The level to which they will be missed was underscored by a message from Coolum State School principal Pat Cavanagh, who wrote glowingly of the contribution Louise had made to school life over many years.
The service ended with family members led by 12-year-old Alex placing flower petals on coffins decorated with surfing and beach scenes as Green Day's Time of Your Life echoed through the chapel.
Those who attended were handed brochures outlining details of a trust set up to help provide for Alex's future education and living needs.
A Day in the Park for Louie and Dave has also been organised for Tickle Park Coolum on October 20.
Donations to the Alex Young Dekens Trust can be made at any Bank of Queensland or Westpac branch. Direct debit contributions can be made to the following Westpac account:
Account name: Alex Young Dekens Trust
Account number: 156954
Alternately, cheques can be mailed to: Alex Young Dekens Trust, PO Box 576, Coolum Beach, Q
Contact details for Trust are: The above PO Box or alexyoungdekenstrust @gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or through web www. alex- youngdekenstrust.org