There was not a dry eye in sight as the small white casket of five-year-old Liam Bridgeman was lowered at the Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens, this morning.
Tears streamed down the faces of Sheena Jackson and Steve Bridgeman, as they said goodbye to their only son and joy of their life.
Initially composed throughout the funeral service at Abundant Life Assembly, the couple openly cried as their son, friendly student and aspiring veterinarian was laid to rest.
Red balloons were released with two white doves, as Liam’s family, friends and classmates from the St Cyprian’s Boys School bade him farewell.
Mourners arrived for the funeral service at the Abundant Life Assembly Church dressed in Liam’s favourite colour, red. However the atmosphere remained solemn with the beautifully designed small white casket in front stage of the Bank Hall St Michael church.
“Gone too soon”, was the message repeated throughout the service, as mourners remembered the little boy who drowned while attending a birthday party at Coverley Christ Church on October 15.
The congregation sang songs such as ‘Jesus Wants me For a Sunbeam’ and ‘There’s a Friend for Little Children’. Local artiste Damien Marvay and the St Cyprians School Choir also joined in the proceedings, while school Principal, Dave Layne, delivered an emotional poem in memory of his late pupil.
Family friend, Tanisha Stuart speaking about the energetic and fun-loving Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan, told the congregation that Liam was “everything that Sheena and Steve could hope for”, adding that he would have celebrated his sixth birthday on November 8th.
“We would never find a reason why such a smart, cheerful and beautiful child was taken from our lives. We will always miss Liam and forever remember his smile and laughter,” Stuart said.