Loving grandfather and 'best friend' remembered at funeral
IT WAS a fitting tribute to a man taken well before his time.
Lindsay Ede had touched a lot of hearts - as proven by the large crowd that gathered for his funeral in Goodna yesterday - but few had become as close to him as his partner of 17 years, Gloria.
Although she did not speak in front of the crowd of about 70 mourners at Heritage Park Chapel, Gloria said her piece through a song; My Best Friend, by Don Williams.
Mr Ede was not only Gloria's partner and best friend, but her full-time carer before his life was lost in such tragic circumstances.
The 55-year-old died on July 15 as a result of injuries sustained in an alleged assault at Goodna on June 22.
Family members yesterday described how selfless Mr Ede was in his care for Gloria and the rest of his loved ones.
Son Shawn Collins described his father as a "happy-go-lucky guy".
"He was a loving father with a good heart who helped anyone in need," Mr Collins said.
"He had six grandkids who he admired very much.
"It is tragic what happened."
Mr Ede's eldest daughter Kylie read a short poem for her father, while celebrant Rod Schafferius read out the memories of younger sister, Dorothy.
"You were always there for me when I was growing up; you protected me at school and it didn't bother you because I was your little sis", Dorothy wrote.
A slide show of memories from Mr Ede's life was shown with the song, When I Get To Where I'm Going, by Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton.
It was the second funeral for the family in as many months, with younger brother Gary passing away only a few weeks prior to the alleged assault at Goodna that ultimately claimed Mr Ede's life.
Central to the family's mission now is to see that Mr Ede leaves a legacy. Mr Collins encouraged those at the service to support a walk from Redbank to Goodna to raise awareness of the One Punch campaign. The walk will take place in about six weeks' time, with an official date to be set in the near future.