HE WAS the friend people turned to for support, the brother that gave the best laughs and the son that was always there for his mother.
In front of 100 mourners, Emerald's Shaun Leon Jack Thompson was bid farewell on Friday. He was 28 years old. Family and friends struggled through tears to tell of the man, who had touched their lives and changed them for the better.
Shaun's father Robert, shared memories of Shaun at his grandparent's farm, playing with older brother Ben.
"Shaun would be running round and round in the yard… climbing up the mulberry tree," the emotional father told the congregation at St Luke's Anglican Church.
After a while, he said, Shaun went up to his dad covered in mulberry tree stains.
"I think in his early years, we all knew we had a larrikin on our hands," Mr Thompson said.
The memories prompted laughter from the crowd, before friend Shevaughn Brown told of how Shaun's big heart had welcomed her to Emerald and provided comfort during a lonely time.
She described a savvy dresser with a sharp eye for colour, as Ms Brown recalled the time she and Shaun went to the Emerald 100, dressed in matching colours.
She recalled the phone call days before the event, when Shaun had refused to tell her what he was wearing, but she was instructed to find a bright blue dress to match his attire.
Friends from the Emerald Tae Kwon Do studio paid their respects to the man, who took up the sport with enthusiasm and passion, before Shaun's mother Julie-Ann Fulwood told of how her son had been her guardian.
Shaun died after suffering a chronic asthma attack on January 5.
Affects 2.2 million people in Australia, including:
400,000 in Queensland
one in six children
one in 10 adults
Affects more boys than girls under age 15
416 people died from asthma in Australia in 2010
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