SAD GOODBYE: Michael and Helen Chapelhow mourn the death of their 31-year-old son, Mark.
SAD GOODBYE: Michael and Helen Chapelhow mourn the death of their 31-year-old son, Mark. Michael Richards

Memorial for kiln explosion victim remembers doting father

THE life of a doting father, smart, quick-witted Mark Chapelhow was remembered yesterday by about 90 workmates and close friends.

Thirty-one-year-old Mr Chapelhow died in an industrial accident at Veolia last Tuesday, leaving behind his partner, Jessie-Lee Brown, and their one-year-old son, Ryder.

Michael Chapelhow at the memorial.
Michael Chapelhow at the memorial. Michael Richards

Ms Brown held her head in her hands and sobbed as his eulogy detailed a "very cheeky and mischievous young man" who was taken too soon.

Balloons were released in tribute to Mark.
Balloons were released in tribute to Mark. Michael Richards

He would never leave the house without telling Ms Brown and Ryder how amazing they both were and that he loved them unconditionally.

Veolia area manager Jim Rolfe spoke of how the birth of Ryder had changed Mr Chapelhow into a doting father.

He stopped having beers after work and running off for golf on the weekends and "had to be at home with his son for as much time as possible".

Mr Chapelhow will be taken to Perth tomorrow and a funeral organised at Halls Head Cricket Club where he had played more than 80 senior games.



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