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Larrikin with a ready smile

Kyle Clifford’s ashes were scattered during a sky-dive.
Kyle Clifford’s ashes were scattered during a sky-dive.

THE grieving family of Kyle Clifford, the teenager killed in a double fatality at Grafton in April, have paid tribute to their son and brother, scattering his ashes on a sky-dive over Coffs Harbour.

Kyle’s mother Jodie said her son had planned to go sky-diving with the family prior to his tragic death.

“We were planning to do this anyway for Kyle’s birthday, and so we are making a big deal out of this, with his friends as well, to start our healing process,” Mrs Clifford said

The 18-year-old died when a car driven by his friend Nathan Chapman, 20, left the road in Bacon Street, Grafton and crashed into a tree on April 18.

Fond memories of the well liked teenager have been shared by friends and family.

Kyle was best remembered on Facebook for his talent of making people laugh, his love of entertaining people and his fun-loving nature.

“From way back at pre-school you were always the kid with the biggest smile and the one who wore it the most often,” wrote Kara Sutherland.

“Your happiness and genuine love of life will never be forgotten.”

Chris Munro described Kyle as “a real entertainer”.

“You made everyone smile just for the sake of it,” he wrote.

Maddi Williams said she would never forget his “awesome personality” and “gorgeous smile”.

“You will be terribly missed by all,” she said.

Matt Zietsch posted about “sooo many memories, soo much fun”.

“I’m so proud to call you family... I’ll never forget you, I don’t think anyone will.”

Ashley Cutler remembered Kyle’s infectious personality:

“You had such a way of making people happy and laugh no matter how sad they were”.

“A true larrikin” was how Caitlin Gunn spoke of Kyle in her post.

“... there wasn’t a dull moment in his life, a truly terrible loss,” she said.

Ally Strain wrote of her shock:

“I can’t believe the craziest most funniest person I have ever met is gone”.

Nathan “Chappo” Chapman was also well known throughout the Clarence Valley community.

He has been remembered by friends and family for his big smile, wild outfits and larrikin like humour.

“We always loved seeing you riding your pushbike down to the beach at Minnie, face covered in zinc, carrying the surfboard and that fantastic smile and big wave as you rode by,” wrote Dennis Erold McLachlan.

Axel Kay also remembered Nathan’s broad grin.

“You were always smiling mate. You will never be forgotten,” said his tribute.

Another comment, by former teacher Rayleen Mills, described Nathan as “one of the funniest and most memorable kids I ever had the pleasure of teaching”.

“You will be so sadly missed but remembered always and fondly,” she continued.

Deano Jones recalled “good old water-bomb fights!”

He followed with: “could be having the worst day and you always made me laugh!”

Many posts also made mention of Nathan’s “wild” fashion sense, including one by Fee Green:

“You stood out from the crowd every July race day”.

Mairin Lawrence summed up the disbelief of never seeing a friend again:

“I just can’t imagine not randomly running into you in the street or at the pub and getting a great smile and a hello”.

“One of the funniest and nicest blokes I have ever met,” wrote Luke Westgate.

Simon Bridge penned he was “very glad” for the honour of knowing Nathan, describing him as a “fine example of a larrikin”.

You had such a way of making people happy and laugh no matter how sad they were.



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