Sea World chopper victim farewelled

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A beloved wife and mother who died in the Gold Coast helicopter tragedy will be farewelled in her home state.

Mourners began gathering at St John The Beloved Church at Mt Druitt, Sydney, at 10.30am on Monday for the service for Vanessa Tadros.

Ms Tadros, 36, died in the horror crash on January 2, along with three other victims, including Ron and Diane Hughes, who were on honeymoon from the UK when the joy flight turned disastrous.

Helicopter chief pilot Ashley Jenkinson was also killed in the crash.

Mrs Tadros’ mother, Rita, breaks down as she is helped into the church. Picture NCA Newswire / Gaye GerardMrs Tadros’ mother, Rita, breaks down as she is helped into the church. Picture NCA Newswire / Gaye GerardVanessa Tadros and her son Nicholas, 10, before riding the helicopter. Picture Nine NewsVanessa Tadros and her son Nicholas, 10, before riding the helicopter. Picture Nine NewsThe coffin is carried into St John the Beloved Church, Mt Druitt. Picture NCA Newswire / Gaye GerardThe coffin is carried into St John the Beloved Church, Mt Druitt. Picture NCA Newswire / Gaye GerardThere were emotional scenes as mourners gathered to farewell Vanessa Tadros at St John the Beloved Church, Mt Druitt. Picture NCA Newswire / Gaye GerardThere were emotional scenes as mourners gathered to farewell Vanessa Tadros at St John the Beloved Church, Mt Druitt. Picture NCA Newswire / Gaye GerardA woman appears teary-eyed as she arrives at St John the Beloved Church, Mt Druitt. Picture NCA Newswire / Gaye GerardA woman appears teary-eyed as she arrives at St John the Beloved Church, Mt Druitt. Picture NCA Newswire / Gaye GerardA framed pictured of Vanessa Tadros is carried into the church. Picture NCA Newswire / Gaye GerardA framed pictured of Vanessa Tadros is carried into the church. Picture NCA Newswire / Gaye GerardSimon Tadros of the deceased Vannessa Tadros is seen arriving with grandparents at the Funeral for Seaworld helicopter crash victim Vanessa Tadros at St John the Beloved Church, Mt Druitt. Picture NCA Newswire / Gaye GerardSimon Tadros of the deceased Vannessa Tadros is seen arriving with grandparents at the Funeral for Seaworld helicopter crash victim Vanessa Tadros at St John the Beloved Church, Mt Druitt. Picture NCA Newswire / Gaye Gerard

Ms Tadros’ son Nicholas, 10, was one of the few survivors suffering major injuries, and he remains in hospital in Queensland.

Mrs Tadros’ husband Simon Tadros travelled from the Gold Coast to Sydney for the funeral.

There were emotional scenes as mourners gathered to say their goodbyes.

Mrs Tadros’ mother, Rita, broke down as she was helped into the church by two men wearing black.

Nicholas’ godmother Martina Bekic was seen sobbing as she clung to Mr Tadros.

Large white floral bouquets filled the inside of the church and adorned the white coffin that sat at the centre of the large service.

A distraught Mr Tardos gave a heartwrenching speech during the service.

“God has taken the most beautiful rose from his garden,” he said.

“You will always be in my heart and I know you will always be with me.”

The New South Wales family were visiting the Gold Coast on holiday when the fatal crash occurred.

Nicholas has undergone five surgeries on broken bones in both legs and his left hand.

Simon Tadros, father of 10-year-old Nicholas and husband to the late Vanessa, provided an update on the boy’s condition on Sunday.

On Monday, final goodbyes were said to Vanessa Tadros, who died in the horror crash on January 2, along with three other victims.On Monday, final goodbyes were said to Vanessa Tadros, who died in the horror crash on January 2, along with three other victims.Godmother Martina Bekic of young Nicholas arrives and is greeted by Friends and family at the Funeral for Seaworld helicopter crash victim Vanessa Tadros at St John the Beloved Church, Mt Druitt. Picture NCA Newswire / Gaye GerardGodmother Martina Bekic of young Nicholas arrives and is greeted by Friends and family at the Funeral for Seaworld helicopter crash victim Vanessa Tadros at St John the Beloved Church, Mt Druitt. Picture NCA Newswire / Gaye GerardFriends and family are seen arriving at the Funeral for Seaworld helicopter crash victim Vanessa Tadros at St John the Beloved Church, Mt Druitt. Picture NCA Newswire / Gaye GerardFriends and family are seen arriving at the Funeral for Seaworld helicopter crash victim Vanessa Tadros at St John the Beloved Church, Mt Druitt. Picture NCA Newswire / Gaye GerardGodmother Martina Bekic (wearing white) of young Nicholas arrives and is greeted by Friends and family at the Funeral for Seaworld helicopter crash victim Vanessa Tadros at St John the Beloved Church, Mt Druitt. Picture NCA Newswire / Gaye GerardGodmother Martina Bekic (wearing white) of young Nicholas arrives and is greeted by Friends and family at the Funeral for Seaworld helicopter crash victim Vanessa Tadros at St John the Beloved Church, Mt Druitt. Picture NCA Newswire / Gaye GerardGodmother Martina Bekic (wearing white) of young Nicholas arrives and is greeted by Friends and family at the Funeral for Seaworld helicopter crash victim Vanessa Tadros at St John the Beloved Church, Mt Druitt. Picture NCA Newswire / Gaye GerardGodmother Martina Bekic (wearing white) of young Nicholas arrives and is greeted by Friends and family at the Funeral for Seaworld helicopter crash victim Vanessa Tadros at St John the Beloved Church, Mt Druitt. Picture NCA Newswire / Gaye Gerard

“Nicky has been off life support now for a few days and his body has responded very well, still on the ventilator machine to support his breathing,” said Simon in a Facebook update.

“They have lowered his sedation medicine at times to see if he is responsive and he has woken up and able to respond to some questions with a nod or shake of the head.

“He is also able to hold my hand but still no movement in his legs yet but have been advised that could be due to the broken bones in both his legs.

“Due to the pain and distress and anxiety levels they have had to sedate him again for now.

“He has a couple of surgeries next week. One on Tuesday and a major operation on his Right ankle on Friday, so pray that all goes well.”

The crash killed four people, including Ms Tadros, and injured her son. Picture Scott PowickThe crash killed four people, including Ms Tadros, and injured her son. Picture Scott PowickMembers of the public paid their respects at the crash site. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David ClarkMembers of the public paid their respects at the crash site. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David Clark

On Sunday, about 200 mourners formed a human chain near the site of the crash as part of a vigil for the people affected by the fatal incident.

The ceremony was held at Broadwater Parklands, metres from where four people died when their joy ride from the popular Queensland theme park went terribly wrong.

Gold Coast local Chantal Clarke organised Sunday’s vigil to pay respects to the victims and begin the healing process.

Participants were invited to join hands in a “chain of support” for those killed, the survivors, and their families.

Mourners hold hands at Broadwater Parklands to pay their respect to those killed in the horror Sea World helicopter crash. A public vigil was held to honour the victims of the accident. NewsWire / Sarah MarshallMourners hold hands at Broadwater Parklands to pay their respect to those killed in the horror Sea World helicopter crash. A public vigil was held to honour the victims of the accident. NewsWire / Sarah MarshallPeople gather at Broadwater Parklands to hold a vigil in honour of those killed in the horror Sea World helicopter crash. NewsWire / Sarah MarshallPeople gather at Broadwater Parklands to hold a vigil in honour of those killed in the horror Sea World helicopter crash. NewsWire / Sarah Marshall

“Our city is known as being the place of dreams, the place of holidays, not the place of death,” Ms Clarke told NCA NewsWire.

“I felt it was very important that people came together, acknowledged it and showed support for each other and for the families. ”Ms Clarke thanked everybody who had supported the community and the victims in the wake of the crashy, especially the Kombumerri traditional owners.

Kombumerri community representative Justine Dillon led the vigil on Sunday.

“We all felt it, we all got really sad feeling such a tragedy on our country,” she told NCA NewsWire.

“We’re very connected so we can feel the country’s hurting and the people, the community. And we need community to help us, so we’re here for them.”

Ms Dillon welcomed attendees to country and invited them to participate in a smoking ceremony in which they had ochre painted on them.

Lemongrass was added to the small eucalyptus fire to help heal the area from the hurt inflicted on it by the crash.

The group then walked down to the shore where people, including strangers, held each other’s hands and looked across the water towards Sea World to pay their respects.

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