DAMIEN Wallace marked the funeral of his fiancee, Lisa, and son, Jack, by lighting two candles in their memory.
And Lisa’s parents, Irma and Gerry Turner, expressed their sense of loss by releasing two balloons at the moving Wod- onga service.
About 1000 family and friends farewelled Lisa Turner, 33, and her son Jack Wallace, 4, at the Wodonga District Baptist Church yesterday.
The pair died on the Wodonga-Yackandandah Road on August 7 when a petrol tanker lost a trailer and it crushed their car and another belonging to Peta Cox, who was also killed.
Jack was remembered as a gregarious, happy boy who shared his mum’s cheeky smile and who dreamed of growing up to become an explorer.
The Yackandandah Preschool student’s love of dinosaurs, sharks and penguins was so strong he was considered an expert on the subjects.
Jack loved Dr Who and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and would curl up in his dad’s lap for “cuddle time” each night, and play with his hair.
Damien’s uncle, Gordon Selby, spoke on his behalf.
“Sleep tight my little boy. Daddy will always love you,” he said.
Damien recalled an always-happy Lisa who was “loved and adored by many”.
“Who could forget her beautiful smile and loving nature,” he said.
“Lisa was beautiful in every way — I will always love you”.
Lisa was born in Albury on December 24, 1980, and attended Wod-onga Primary School and Wodonga High School.
She studied business and physiotherapy at university but found her dream occupation in nursing.
Celebrant Barbara Kruse said nursing was a job Lisa loved.
“Her tender and loving personality was important as her nursing skills in helping those in need,” she said.
A mutual friend, Scott, introduced Lisa and Damien in 2004, and the next year, Scott and Damien set out on a working holiday around Australia.
Not long after, Damien realised he was in love so he phoned Lisa and asked her to marry him.
Jack was born on Sept-ember 17, 2009, and the three of them moved to Allans Flat in 2011.
That’s where Jack was often seen riding his bike and playing with animals.
Ms Kruse said there were “no words of comfort or explanation” to the tragic accident.
“No doubt the emotions felt by all of us are disbelief and shock,” she said.
“All of these feelings are intense and painful.
“Nothing, however, can change the love, happiness and joy that you all shared with Lisa and Jack.”