Outback spirit lives in young crash victim

Derek Reidy speaks at Nic Burton's funeral.
Derek Reidy speaks at Nic Burton's funeral. Nev Madsen

MOURNERS at the funeral of Toowoomba man Nic Burton heard how outback life helped him mature from a teenager to an adult.

The grief caused by the sudden ending of the 20-year-old's life was obvious on the faces of family, friends and colleagues who yesterday gathered to farewell him.

He and his workmate Adam Schwerin, 18, were killed in a single-vehicle crash near Agnes Water on August 19.

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Family friend Derek Reidy read letters written by Mr Burton's family as well as his work colleagues at Hassall Free Homes.

"Our memories of you are many," Mr Reidy said on behalf of Mr Burton's family.

"We will always miss you."

The letter on behalf of his colleagues highlighted the young man's jovial, social nature.

Celebrant Ian Feeney read reflections Mr Burton had penned on his time living near Mt Isa.

"I can feel a change coming, but I can't tell if it's good or bad, but you never know 'til it comes, so time to go and see how long it is 'til I'm back at the place I live, love and would die fighting for - the place I call home - the bush," the poem read.

Mr Feeney noted the effect living in Western Queensland had on Mr Burton.

"I think Nic learnt a lot while he was in the bush," Mr Feeney said.

He spoke of the importance of the grieving process.

"Words are hard to find at a time like this.

"There are no words that would sum up what we feel today.

"One moment, Nic had all of his life to look forward to, the next, no time at all."

The funeral of Mr Burton's workmate Mr Schwerin will be held today.


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