Chris Harvey with his baby boy, Saxon earlier this year.
Chris Harvey with his baby boy, Saxon earlier this year. submitted

Farewell to a doting Dad

CHRIS Harvey and his sweetheart, Opal Murphy-Moore, were looking forward to their wedding next year.

The Corindi Beach couple had planned to either travel overseas to tie the knot or have a simple ceremony at home.

But their dreams were destroyed on Monday when Chris, 28, and his best mate, 29-year-old Damian Gibb from Toormina, died on the Pacific Highway at Urunga.

The boys and Damian’s partner were heading to Oyster Creek to visit Chris’s mum when they hit an oncoming car. Damian’s partner was badly injured in the smash.

Opal, 18, said Chris had been ‘my everything’ and a doting father to their six-month-old, Saxon, and to Chris’s other son, Spencer, aged 2.

“He was the best,” Opal told the Coffs Coast Advocate.

“We met through friends two years ago and from that minute we have never been apart.

“He was compassionate towards everybody, easy-going and loved everything and everyone.

“He had a really kind nature and he loved animals and being outdoors.”

Opal says they shared everything.

“We loved going to the beach together and he loved cooking and I loved cooking,” she said.

“Baked dinners were our favourite and Chris loved making home-made lasagne, cookies, biscuits and cakes. He made the best chocolate cake from scratch.”

Chris was also a keen surfer, enjoyed fishing and loved flowers – lilies, roses and tulips were his favourites.

“He’d always bring home flowers for me but I really think they were for him,” Opal said.

Chris was studying psychology at Coffs Harbour’s SCU campus and had taken a break to look after Saxon.

He’d grown up at Urunga – the oldest of three boys and two sisters – and was schooled in the township and in Coffs Harbour.

A funeral service for Chris will be held at Urunga Cemetery at 2pm on Tuesday.

The family of Damian Gibbs will farewell him next week. They chose not to contribute to this article.



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