Final farewell for Isabelle
Mourners remember an "amazing girl" and "much loved daughter" at the Brisbane funeral service for Isabelle Colman who fell from a Surfers Paradise high rise during schoolies week.PT0M53S http://www.dailylife.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2alxs 620 349 November 30, 2012
‘‘We coloured each moment with laughter and warm,
and wrote us a sunset that lasted till dawn -
but dreams and schemes and holidays must always have an end
Funeral for Isabelle 'Izzy' Colman
A coffin is walked toward a hearse outside after a Funeral service at St Brigid's Catholic Church at Red Hill to farewell 17 year old Isabelle Colman who fell to her death from the 26th floor of the Chevron Rennaissance Apartment Tower last week. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
So thanks for the ride on the rainbow my friend."
Nan Witcomb's poem Ride on a Rainbow held pride of place on the order of service at the funeral of 17 year old Isabelle Colman, who was farewelled this morning by hundreds of family and friends at St Brigid's Church at Red Hill.
Isabelle was tragically killed in a fall from an apartment block on the Gold Cost last Thursday during Schoolies Week.
On the order of service the rainbow-inspired poem sat above a photo of a young Isabelle, playing under an umbrella, carefree and spinning, recalling days when ‘‘we painted the sunrise and made us a day’’.
Isabelle’s rainbow ride on life passing to a new stage in life was further symbolised today when her white coffin left St Brigid’s church to the song, Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.
The service for the popular Mt St Michael's college student, who adored One Direction, was tinged with sadness and touches of humour.
Father Columba Macbeth-Green, the police chaplain who was at the Gold Coast the night Isabelle died, told the congregation: ‘‘Friends, this is not easy. This is a tragedy.’’
However it was the Colman family who remembered the overwhelming fun-filled and creative spirit of their daughter.
Her father Mike Colman remembered Isabelle as a ‘‘truly loving and much-loved daughter’’, telling the hundreds inside St Brigid’s that the close family loved their meal times together when they would joke and tell stories of the day.
He told how Isabelle recently made a stack of pancakes for her eldest sister Matilda before a final economics exam, the same day Izzy herself had a final biology test.
Sister Amelia shared that their relationship was based on ‘‘their excellent sense of humour’’, telling mourners she had once convinced Isabelle to clean her room, make her bed and iron her clothes for 50 cents.
Her brother William told how Isabelle was an ‘‘amazing girl’’ and a sister whom he loved very dearly.
Mike Colman said the family had hundreds of stories of Isabelle's that they would keep private, but thanked their family and friends, their neighbours and children's school teachers for their support during the ‘‘worst week of our lives’’.
He urged people to remember Isabelle's life as an inspiration to their own, encouraging everyone ‘‘to live the best life they can’’.
‘‘Take a little bit of Isabelle in your hearts and always love life," he said.
During the mass, Isabelle's sisters Matilda and Amelia and brother Will placed symbols of Izzy's baptism on her coffin.
The funeral mass was officiated by Father Columba Macbeth-Green, Father Pete Brannelly and father James O'Donoghue from the Jubilee Catholic Parish.