Editorial - November 29: Farewell much loved son and brother
THE passing of anyone is extremely sad and for their loved ones it can be a particularly harrowing time.
For the family, friends, team mates of Phillip Hughes their grief is as palpable as it is public.
There is no doubt Phillip was a much loved son and brother, an accomplished cricketer and a cherished member of the Macksville community.
To all those feeling his loss the Coffs Coast Advocate extends its most sincere condolences.
Phillip touched our lives too as we chronicled his successes from a young age on the pitch and more recently in local showrings.
His youth, his potential and the public nature of his passing has struck a chord far and wide.
His, and indeed the premature deaths of all young people, rightly reminds us all of the fickleness and frailty of our existence.
There is no shame in mourning what was and what could have been but the ultimate tribute we pay all who leave us early must be to live with passion and conviction, just as Phillip did.
We owe it to ourselves to do the things we love, to seek out opportunities and to press on with purpose. We all need to be the people our family, friends, our communities and ourselves can be proud of.