Party to celebrate brave Coast man's extraordinary life
KEZIA Haebich is encouraging everyone who knew her brother, popular Sunshine Coast resident Peter Young, to celebrate his life at his funeral on Monday.
"Peter was well-known in the community, he went to high school at Noosa District, went to Sunshine Coast University and then moved to live in a supported living facility in Caloundra," she said.
"Unfortunately last week he passed away while eating his dinner.
"He had severe cerebal palsy but he lived his life to the fullest of his abilities, he never let his disability become him. He actually made it through some serious health problems and after a really severe chest problem was back to full health and was really happy and had big ideas for the rest of his life."
Ms Haebich said Peter had always tried to organise "grand parties" for Christmas, New Year's eve and birthdays but never got to execute one.
"So now we want to give him the party he wanted to honour his life," she said.
"Peter touched hundreds in his life and we want those people to be a part of sending him off in a good farewell."
Ms Haebich said Peter's funeral would be held on Monday at 2pm at Drysdale Funerals in Tewantin and everyone was welcome to attend.
"Afterwards we will be going to Cooroy RSL who have been kind enough to open up a function space on for us.
"We'll be there from 3.30pm and Triple J featured artist Ayla Scanlan has very kindly donated her time to play for us as well so it should be a good night.
"We will have full access to the function space at the RSL. This will mean that if you wanted to get up and share a special story or speak about your time with Peter your more then welcome to."
Ms Haebich encouraged those attending to get dressed up for the event.
"Peter was always wanting to dress for the occasion so the dress code is smart casual but dress for the event in any colours, blues, greens, reds, black, because dressing for the occasion was a big thing for Peter."
Ms Haebich said she wanted to thank ABC Sunshine Coast radio, the Cooroy RSL and Ayla for all coming together to make Peter's send off as memorable as possible.