Family and friends say their final goodbye to Kurtis West
FLANKED by a symphony of colourful mosaic glass windows depicting Jesus Christ, Kurtis West's photo stood solemnly in front of those who knew him as "the adventure master".
The Rockhampton teenager was yesterday farewelled for the final time, at North Rockhampton's Holy Family Catholic Church, in a funeral service attended by more than 300 or so family members and friends.
Symbolic gestures of remembrance - which included family members laying a number of Kurtis's favourite things near his coffin - were marks of respect for the intrepid young man who accomplished more feats in his lifetime than many who were older than him.
The reality of Kurtis's death hit home when his brother Jacob placed a black-framed photo of his smiling sibling at the foot of the coffin.
Kurtis, 18, died in the early hours of January 10 after a traffic accident on Jambin-Dakenba Road, near Biloela.
Kurtis's strengths, character and zest for life were captured in a nutshell when Tim Tydd, who gave the eulogy, told the congregation about Kurtis and Jacob's spontaneous journey up Mt Jim Crow as they were on their way to Yeppoon.
The pair had no water and no supplies but Kurtis insisted they climb the mountain. Once they got to the top of Mt Jim Crow the pair etched their names onto a rock near the summit.
The congregation also heard how Kurtis never let anything slip from his grasp.
He was born in July 1995.
His entrepreneurial and self-sufficiency skills were first diarised when he built a cubby house from scratch at the age of five.
He attended Allenstown State School and spent subsequent years at schools in Blackwater. The family moved back to Rockhampton, where he completed his high schooling.
A proficient outdoors teenager, and rugby league player, Kurtis left a lasting impression on his peers and fellow team members.
Kurtis was buried yesterday at the Nerimbera Memorial Garden cemetery.