Community to farewell 'beautiful, kind-hearted' teen
HUNDREDS are expected to celebrate and farewell Jack O'Connor at his former Sunshine Beach primary school after the 18-year-old was killed earlier this month.
His father, John, said the influx of support had been overwhelming in the days since the November 10 road incident, when Jack was fatally struck by a four-wheel-drive on Eumundi-Noosa Rd.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Jack's farewell and celebration of life, to be held at St Thomas More School in Sunshine Beach at 10.30am on Saturday, November 24.
Mr O'Connor said people were flying in from across the country and driving up from Brisbane and the Gold Coast to attend.
Jack was heavily involved in the Noosa Dolphins Rugby Union Club, and the Australian Sports Federation has created a fund for a new scoreboard to be named in his honour.
The Jack O'Connor scoreboard would replace the old and broken scoreboard for a video-link scoreboard, and provide a permanent reminder of the happy memories made at Dolphin Oval.
The fundraiser has reached $2500 of the $80,000 goal.
The Dolphins said Jack's passing had a far-reaching impact on the community and club, to which he had been a member since he was a six-year-old.
"There are many who will mourn deeply as Jack was a beautiful, kind-hearted young man who was cherished dearly," they posted to Facebook.
"As we share this pain together, please reach out to your fellow Dolphin if you need help during this difficult time."