'I've cried a million times': Devoted father farewelled

Louella Clarke is supported by her sister Louise Walker (left) while speaking at their brother Luke Walker's funeral. Luke was killed in a crash on March 27 at the intersection of Ruthven and James Sts.
Louella Clarke is supported by her sister Louise Walker (left) while speaking at their brother Luke Walker's funeral. Luke was killed in a crash on March 27 at the intersection of Ruthven and James Sts. Stuart Cumming

FATHER-OF-THREE Luke Walker has been remembered for his lame jokes, bad singing and most importantly, devotion to his wife and children.

The 41-year-old's sisters bravely shared their fond memories in Toowoomba this afternoon of the man whose life was abruptly ended in a collision at the intersection James and Ruthven Sts early on March 27.

Louise Walker spoke of her brother's inimitable "fat man dance" and the smile that lit up her world.

"He was my idol, he still is my idol," Louise said.

She also spoke of the moments leading up to the fatal crash.

Her memories were of making her brother laugh and hearing him say "you're such a dag Bub".

"I'm so grateful in the last few minutes of his life I got to hear his laugh."

His sister Louella Clarke told the crowd of family and friends of the pride the St George man took in his work as a butcher.

"I have cried a million times since he was taken from us and I will probably cry a million more," Mrs Clarke said.

"I will always remember him for the gentle giant he was."

A video camera set up among the mourners in the Australian Heritage Funerals chapel recorded the moving tributes so they could one day be shared with his critically injured wife Catherine.

Their daughters Rilee and Charli chose a song by artist John Legend, All of Me, to be played.

The girls' five-month-old brother Odin was held throughout the service, too young to fully comprehend what was going on around him.

Many in the crowd were moved to tears when a tribute was read on behalf of Catherine's New Zealander parents.

"He will love knowing so many people cared about him," Mrs Clarke said.


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