Call for community to help widow
MATT Jeffries will always be remembered by his family and friends as a typical Aussie bloke, ‘a true bogan’ they said.
The 21-year-old cabinetmaker was also a doting dad who only three weeks ago celebrated the arrival of his second child.
But joy turned to tragedy early on Saturday at Boambee Beach when Matt fell from the back of a ute and died in hospital.
He had been at a friend’s 21st birthday party earlier in the night and was with a group of friends who went for a drive on the beach.
He was one of five people riding on the ute’s back tray when he fell and landed heavily on the sand, sustaining serious head injuries. The driver, a 29-year-old Bathurst man, has been charged with high-range drink-driving and police inquiries continue.
The love of Matt’s life, Requal Moy, is struggling not only to come to terms with his death but also to meet his funeral costs.
Her friends are now fundraising to help her in this difficult time.
“Matt was fun-loving, adventurous and could always make you laugh.
“He had a great sense of humour and was always playing practical jokes,” Requal said.
“He was always grubby. Brand new clothes wouldn’t last an hour before being covered in something. When he wasn’t in work clothes you would find him in his flanno and boots.
“He loved being outdoors, camping, fishing, four-wheel-driving and every night you would find him staring up at the stars and moon in full contentment.”
Requal said Matt also loved his long-neck beers and country music, loved the smell of freshly cut grass and enjoyed collecting junk in the hope it would come in handy.
“He owned nine vehicles in his life and loved every one more than the last.
“He loved his motorbikes and tinny and was always keen for a barbecue and a beer,” she said.
“He also had two left feet and would trip over anything and everything and then have a good old laugh.
“He had a big heart and a beautiful soul who cared for everyone around him and always put them first.
“He had big plans to travel Australia in his Ford Ranger and a camper trailer. He had so much to live for – many hopes and dreams for the future.”
Matt is survived by Requal and their son, Riley, and daughter, Aaliyah, his mum, Pauline, his dad, David, sister, Katrina and brother, Aaron.