Family and friends gathered on Friday morning to farewell Henry Jennings killed in an alleged hit and run incident.
Family and friends gathered on Friday morning to farewell Henry Jennings killed in an alleged hit and run incident.

‘The king of charm’ farewelled after tragic hit and run

There were tears and laughter as loved ones said a final goodbye to the "king of charm" and "everyone's best friend" Henry Jennings.

The 21-year-old was taken too soon after an alleged hit and run on Maroochy Blvd in the early hours of New Year's Day.

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At his funeral on Friday morning mother Alison said that Henry was born laughing and smiling.

"He seemed an old soul with so much wisdom," she said through tears.

"Henry was so looking forward to and so excited to begin the next chapter of his life.

"He approached life with gusto and left no stone unturned.

"He was always smiling and it will last in us forever."

Family and friends gathered on Friday morning to farewell Henry Jennings killed in an alleged hit and run incident.
Family and friends gathered on Friday morning to farewell Henry Jennings killed in an alleged hit and run incident.

Henry's father Peter spoke of his son's love of the water.

"Even his showers would take 20 minutes," he said laughing.

"He was generous and giving, especially with others money.

"Henry played and was an avid fan of all sports, he was a team player, win, lose or draw."

The Gregson and Weight chapel at Buderim was full and more loved ones from across Australia and the world watched a livestream of the service.

Henry Jennings, 21, died on New Year's Day.
Henry Jennings, 21, died on New Year's Day.

Celebrant Kim Morrison told the congregation that she met the loveable larrikin when "he was a little chubby at 13 years of age".

"The Jennings quickly became family to us and it was always a delight when Henry came over," she said.

"He always tapped me on the head and said 'how's it going Kimmy?'.

"Henry was the king of charm, he had the gift of the gab, he sweet talked his way in and out of mischief.

"Henry loved his mum and dad, he adored them and had them wrapped around his little finger

"He knew he was blessed but he never took it for granted."

Family and friends gathered on Friday morning to farewell Henry Jennings killed in an alleged hit and run incident.
Family and friends gathered on Friday morning to farewell Henry Jennings killed in an alleged hit and run incident.

The beloved Sunshine Coast man was a citizen of the world, travelling extensively with his family in his younger years.

His cousin Nicolette described the former Matthew Flinders Anglican College student as "the life of the party" and a man of many party shirts.

His mother confirming her cheeky boy lived his life to the fullest.

"Henry had us wrapped around his little finger, he even changed my phone so if I typed no it came up with bloody oath," she said as the congregation laughed.

"It was the greatest honour of all to be able to call ourselves Henry's parents.

"We are broken hearted but feel so blessed to have had 21 magnificent years with our gorgeous loveable son.

"(We're) so proud of the boy he was and the man he became."

Family and friends gathered on Friday morning to farewell Henry Jennings killed in an alleged hit and run incident.
Family and friends gathered on Friday morning to farewell Henry Jennings killed in an alleged hit and run incident.

School and college friends also honoured their friend whose zest for life was contagious.

Mourners formed a guard of honour for his coffin adorned with hot pink rose petals in honour of his favourite hot pink Calvin Klein underwear.

It marked a beautiful, vibrant celebration of life for the man who was everyone's friend.

A 25-year-old Mooloolaba man has been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death and leaving the scene of an incident without obtaining any help.


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