It’s so sad to lose a loved one, but when we lose them in tragic circumstances so young it is even more heart breaking. Marcus was just that, young, seemingly happy and just 19.
As a young man finding himself and struggling with his own inner demons, life become hard…but like many friends, they didn’t see his tragedy coming.
Marcus you see was the life of the party, Marcus was the one who helped his friends, got them out of a bind, was their shoulder to cry on, he was the guidance counselor for all his social circle of friends…..
This is the story of a life gone too soon…Marcus.
MARCUS WENT INTO FOSTER CARE WITH MANDY AND STEVE ON THE JUNE LONG WEEKEND OF 2004, AGED JUST 8 AND HAD BEEN WITH THEM EVER SINCE. THEY COULD SEE HE JUST HAD A ZEST FOR THE SOCIAL SIDE OF LIFE.
MARCUS WAS AN ADVENTUROUS KID TO SAY THE LEAST, GOING TO ASHCROFT PRIMARY, THEN ONTO CECIL HILLS PUBLIC BEFORE ATTENDING CECIL HILLS HIGH.
HE LOVED SCHOOL, NOT WANTING TO GO ON HOLIDAYS….HE WASN’T REALLY THERE FOR THE SCHOOLING, MORE SO THE SOCIAL LIFE!
HE STARTED WORKING AT RED ROOSTER, SAVING AND BUYING HIS “SUBY”, THE ONLY THING HE BOUGHT FOR THAT CAR WAS PETROL, THE SUBY DIDN’T RUN LONG WITH JUST PETROL, AND HE SOON REALISED THEY NEEDED A BIT MORE LOVE AND CARE.
AT ALMOST 17, HE LEFT SCHOOL AND BECAME A CONCRETER, BUT HE WANTED A BIGGER CHALLENGE OUT OF LIFE!
HE SOON WENT TO WORK WITH STEVE (FOSTER FATHER) AT HI-TECH IN THE STORES, STEVE REMEMBERS ‘ALL HE WANTED TO DO WAS PLAY ON THE BLOODY FORKLIFT’, AFTER A FEW ODD JOBS TRYING TO FIND WHAT HE REALLY LOVED TO DO, HE FOUND HIMSELF AT THE AIRPORT IN CONSTRUCTION, HE LOVED THE BUILDING GAME, HE REALLY ENJOYED THE PHYSICAL WORKLOAD AND ENJOYED A CHALLENGE.
POOR MARCUS, MANDY AND STEVE ARE SOCCER FANS AND ORIGINALLY MARCUS WAS A MASSIVE LEAGUE FAN, BUT THEY TURNED HIM AND HE LOVED THE REDS – LIVERPOOL THROUGH AND THROUGH!
HE TOOK UP FOOTBALL, PLAYING FOR MOUNTIES AND THEN AC UNITED, PLAYING AND WINNING A GRAND FINAL AND EVEN BAGGING MAN OF THE MATCH TOO BACK IN 2013.
TRUTH BE TOLD, HE WANTED TO PLAY FOR LIVERPOOL ONE DAY, BUT AGAIN THE SOCIAL LIFE GOT IN THE WAY….THERE’S A COMMON THREAD HERE RIGHT, PARTY, PARTY, PARTY!
HE LOVED LITTLE A’S AND COULD RUN ALL DAY, LIKE THE TIME HE RAN FROM FOREST LAWN TO ORAN PARK, JUST FOR FUN…..HE COLLAPSED ON THE FRONT LAWN AT HOME AND HAD STEVE FETCH HIM LITRES OF WATER, BUT HE LOVED IT!
HE ENJOYED HOLIDAYS TO QUEENSLAND AND DOWN THE COAST, FISHING, SURFING AND SHOWING OFF HIS BOD! THAT BRINGS ME TO THE SPRAY TANS – HE GOT A SPRAY TAN IN QUEENSLAND ONE TIME THAT WAS SO BAD, EVERYONE CALLED HIM ‘THE OOMPA LOOMPA’ AND THERE WAS THE TIME THE FAMILY WENT WHALE WATCHING UP THAT WAY, MARCUS LOVED IT, UNTIL IT GOT CHOPPY AND HE THREW UP EVERYTHING HE’D HAD THAT MORNING.
HE WAS A BIT OF A DON BURKE AROUND THE HOUSE AND THOUGHT ABOUT TAKING UP LANDSCAPING, THERE WAS A TIME, HE WAS LUCKY MOWING IN HIS SAFETY BOOTS, HE CUT THE SHOES AND ALMOST GOT THE TOES! COME TO THINK OF IT, MARCUS WAS KIND OF “A CLUMSY BUGGER”.
MARCUS LIVED LIFE ON HIS TERMS AND AT HIS PACE AND THAT WAS FLAT OUT!
BUT THERE WERE THE TIMES HE COULD SIT OUT THE BACK ROOM WITH CHARLES AND TALK FOR HOURS ABOUT NOTHING AND EVERYTHING, CHARLES WAS PRETTY LUCKY TO SEE THE QUIET TIMES OF MARCUS.
HE WAS LOVED AND HE GAVE LOVE TO ALL THOSE AROUND HIM…IT’S A TRUE TEST OF THE RESPECT OF THIS YOUNG MAN TO SEE SO MANY COME TO FAREWELL HIM TODAY.
MARCUS WILL BE REMEMBERED AS;
A SOCIAL BUTTERFLY, THE OOMPA LOOMPA AND THE BEST PARTY GUY!
This is a portion of the service that Marcus’ family are happy for me to share.
WHEN WE LOSE SOMEONE WE LOVE SO MUCH, WE FIND OURSELVES MAKING SELFISH WISHES, WISHES WE WANT OF TOGETHERNESS, WISHES THAT OUR LOST LOVE WASN’T GONE, LIKE, I WISH I COULD HAVE ONE MORE PARTY, ONE MORE DRINK, ONE MORE KISS, ONE MORE CUDDLE OR PERHAPS WE’D ASK MARCUS ONE MORE QUESTION.
My Dear loved ones,
These words I wish to say.
I’m home up here in Heaven
And here is where I’ll stay.
My pain and struggle is over;
I’ll rest in peace today.
Although I know you’ll grieve for me,
Be strong, it’s going to be O.K.
I’m in my eternal home
Where there’s everlasting light.
I’m in the arms of loved ones,
Holding me so tight.
Please try to carry on your life
With me inside your heart.
Someday you’ll be rewarded
And we’ll never have to part.
I’m glad we had so many years
Together you and I.
You filled my life with happiness
And gave me wings to fly.
Just keep your faith; believe my words,
You’ll see the morning light.
And know that I am with you
Every morning, noon and night.
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