PHOTOS: Farewell to loving, fun Joel who died in Mary River

JOEL Winterton broke his mother's golden rule; he was not to die before she did.

Joel died on February 10 after suffering a seizure and falling into the Mary River.

About 300 people filled the Maryborough Crematorium on Monday to say their final farewell to the 25-year-old father.

Joel's close friends and family told stories of how he impacted their lives.

Sandi Hoolahan remembered the "pure love' her loving, crazy and fun son had for his partner Kayla Hockhing and son Chase.

"You could tell that love would never die and I don't think it will," she told the service.

Taunting and teasing the rows of mourners, Joel's cheeky son Chase was oblivious to the reason for the gathering.

Sandi said Joel's character would live on through Chase.


"We'll have our hands full with miniature Joel," she said.


"He's just like his dad."

Brother Jimmy trawled the Mary River in a borrowed boat as soon as Joel fell in.

"The last thing I wanted to do was to find him personally," Jimmy said.

Tears were replaced with laughter during the service as Jimmy delivered a stern warning to his late brother Joel.

You broke mum's golden rule buddy of not dying before her," he said.

"You can deal with mum when she visits you in 50 years."

Some of the family wore purple ribbons to raise awareness for Epilepsy, the disease that killed their son, brother and friend.

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