Juraj an inspiration to all who knew him
A MAN who embraced life to the full and changed the lives of many. That's how skydiving instructor and family man Juraj Glesk has been remembered at his funeral service.
More than 200 friends and family yesterday celebrated the life of the 48-year-old Caloundra man whose life was cut short in a plane crash at Caboolture Airfield on March 22 that killed four other people.
Family and friends fondly spoke of his infectious laugh, cheeky smile and polite, gentlemanly nature.
His son Michal said his father was "never short of advice" and loved to help people.
"(He was) my father, my teacher and my closest friend," he said.
"He was to me the very best example of how you should raise a family, how to lead by example and how to take care of the ones you love."
Michal said some of his favourite memories of his dad were of the two of them sitting on the veranda, sharing a beer and talking.
Daughter Nina said her father was the greatest man she had ever met and the light of her life.
She said he was always the first person to offer to help out someone in need and was a hard worker.
Her favourite memories were of family barbecues, camping, kickball and trips away.
Nina recalled her last memory of her father - the night before his death - when she had gone out for dinner with the family and then had ice cream.
"I licked (the ice cream) once and it fell on the floor - he (Juraj) didn't stop laughing," she told the memorial service at the Gregson & Weight Chapel in Caloundra.
She said her dad had then imitated her, trying to eat her ice cream, with his usual cheeky smile on his face while he finished off his own.
Nina said her father had an "amazing sense of hum
our" and he was an inspiration to all who knew him.
"This is only goodbye for now," she said.
"We will be together again some day."
Juraj's best friend Jirko said that throughout their long friendship, they had always helped each other out and supported one another.
"It is not easy to believe I lost my friend, who was like my brother," he said.
"Juraj was an amazing friend … he was always smiling … and making jokes."
Another one of Juraj's close friends, Bob, said: "I am going to miss that engaging grin, his outstretched hand with a glass of something in it. I am going to miss having to watch every soccer match being played all over the world (on TV).
"Juraj would not want us to be sad. Well, maybe a little."