Family and friends farewell Grant

IN MEMORY of Grant Hornby, family and friends gathered on the south side of Sawtell for an emotional paddle out ceremony.

The 28-year-old drowned at Sawtell last Sunday when he reportedly became detached from his bodyboard and was swept down the beach after entering the water alone at the mouth of Bonville Creek.

At 9am on Saturday, 40 people gathered to honour the Toormina man “who always had a smile on his face”.

Flowers were laid on the rocks and thrown in the water in an emotional congregation of friends and relatives.

Nicknamed Hot Dog, he has been described as “bubbly” and a “big joker” by one of the girls who witnessed the incident.

Among the tributes on Mr Hornby's Facebook page, he is described as a “top booger, top footy player, all in all top bloke”.

A notice in Saturday's Advocate read: “Grant Anthony Hornby, 7.10.1982 – 28.8.2011, ‘Surfing the High Heaven'.”

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service to be held in the Chapel of Hogbin Dr Crematorium and Memorial Gardens (Stadium Dr) on Wednesday at 11.30am.

Tributes are still pouring in to his memorial Facebook page which can be found by searching for Grant Hornsby (sic).

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