NO-ONE understood the true extent of the pain Shaun Marshall carried, but his courage in always displaying a bright disposition will remain his trademark feature.
Depression was a burden Mr Marshall had carried with him for the duration of his young 26 years, and it was the disease he succumbed to on June 16.
On Thursday farewelled by a tearful crowd of 200, emotions of grief, loss and confusion were prevalent at Boyne Crematorium.
Mr Marshall's sister Shari bravely took to the lectern to pay her last respects to her adored brother.
"We were more than brother and sister," she said. "We were best mates.
"We shared a piece of each other's souls."
The eulogy was a heart-rending reflection on both the good and hard times the young family had endured, including the death of their mother only a few years ago.
Shari spoke also of her brother's insistence to make his own decisions, and his final decision was to be free of all that weighed him down.
A former construction employee, Mr Marshall was described as a fun-loving party animal.
But through his smile, his inner demons were hidden from view.
The crowd of those who loved him were saddened by their desireA yet inability to help.
Civil celebrant Judy Whicker recited a heartfelt tribute to Mr Marshall, forever young.
"We pray your mental anguish,
"Will now forever cease;
"And that your deep anxieties,
"Will be replaced by peace."
Messages from Shaun's Facebook page:
"I hope I can touch as many people as you did, just like you did for me... you've taught me some tough lessons and I am forever grateful. I love you mate."
"They say even the strongest eventually fall, but you fell way too soon... wherever you are, I know it will be one hell of a party."
"The world is a lesser place without you mate."
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