A solemn mood enveloped the chapel of the Downes and Wilson Funeral Home Friday evening as family and friends turned out support Sheena Jackson and Steve Bridgeman, the parents of the Liam Bridgeman, the five-year-old boy who drowned while attending a birthday party at Coverley on October 15.
The grief and sadness was evident on the faces of everyone in the chapel for the viewing of Liam’s tiny body, which was immaculately dressed in a white suit and lying peacefully in a white casket with red lining.
His parents kept their composure throughout the viewing but the pain they were enduring was clear.
During the viewing, many shook their heads in disbelief, while others sat with tears streaming down their faces.
A short service was held following the viewing. The official funeral service takes place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Abundant Life Assembly.
Last week, Principal Dave Layne of the St Cyprian’s Boys’ School where Liam was a student, was full of praise for the young boy whom he had described as fun-loving, well-behaved and loved by all his classmates.
“Liam was a fantastic little boy – no disciplinary issues, well dressed, soft spoken. He was a very decent little boy, well liked by his classmates. He just used to run around all the time. The KG3 boys just run. They play a little cricket, a little football, but that’s it; they just like to run. They were all so happy at school. I can remember them just running all the time,” Layne said at the time.