Celebrating the life of Lachlan Connor Thoroughgood

The service for Lachlan Connor Thoroughgood at St Michael's Church on Saturday where his life was celebrated by those who loved him and those who followed his journey as he battled a malignant brain tumour. Photo: Jessica Long

The service for Lachlan Connor Thoroughgood at St Michael's Church on Saturday where his life was celebrated by those who loved him and those who followed his journey as he battled a malignant brain tumour. Photo: Jessica Long

AT least 600 people attended St Michael’s Church, Nowra on Saturday to celebrate the life of Lachlan Connor Thoroughgood.

The church was filled with colour as family, close friends and members of the community wore bright clothing in honour of the seven-year-old boy’s happy spirit.

Beloved: Lachlan Connor Thoroughgood. March 15, 2008 - January 19, 2016.

Beloved: Lachlan Connor Thoroughgood. March 15, 2008 - January 19, 2016.

His family shared moments of his short life and said he had an amazing sense of humour and zest for life.

His parents put a slideshow of special photos together which was shown during the service in the church and to the guests in the near-by hall via a live cross. 

Lachlan’s mother Leanne Heanes said her son’s smile was vibrant and his laugh, contagious.

“He had an amazing outlook on life. He wasn’t taught that, it’s just how he was,” she said.

Lachlan was described as an observant, thankful boy who delighted in playing practical jokes and playing outdoors when he was able.

“He would say to me ‘I love you to the sun and back because it’s further than the moon’,” Leanne said.

“Lachlan brought us so much joy each and every day.

“We will grieve for what was, what could have been and what should have been.”

His parents asked everyone to remember Lachlan “as the vibrant spirit he was” and to hold on to that forever.

“We hope that by sharing his jokes you can remember some moments of joy shared with him.”

What do you call an alligator with a vest on?

- An investigator.

Why did the boy throw the clock out the window?

- To see time fly.

Why did the boy eat his homework?

- Because his teacher said it was a piece of cake.

Why is Superman called Superman?

- Because he eats soup.

Why did the orange stop in the middle of the road?

- Because he ran out of juice.

Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road?

- Because he had no body to go with.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

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