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19 April 2011

Brittany farewelled by mates | Ipswich News | Local News in Ipswich | Ipswich Queensland Times

GREG Bramwell will forever treasure the last moments he spent with his only daughter Brittany Ann.

Brittany Ann Bramwell.


GREG Bramwell will forever treasure the last moments he spent with his only daughter Brittany Ann.

It was a little kiss on the cheek to say goodbye before Brittany and three of her friends set off on a trip to Screamworld.

The four teens were on their way back home from the Gold Coast theme park when they were involved in a horrific traffic crash, which killed Brittany, 17, plus her friends Matthew Prior, 18 and Nick Saxby, 16.

Reading the eulogy for his lost daughter yesterday, Mr Bramwell said he'd grown even closer to Brittany since the death of her mother, Karen, in 2003.

“I became mum and dad to Brittany after that,” Mr Bramwell told the gathering of a few hundred friends and family.

“She had lots of friends and she introduced me to every one of them – she would always tell me where she was going.

“We had a special bond.”

Brittany's boyfriend and the driver of the vehicle, Alex Mayfield, survived and was able to attend the funeral at the Centenary Memorial Gardens crematorium chapel.

He'd met Brittany at Bremer High – where they both attended school – and said he had to be persistent with her before she would agree to go out with him.

While too upset to talk at length, Mr Mayfield said he would remember Brittany's smile the most. Long-time friend Peter Wiedemann said Brittany's infectious laugh was something that would continue to bring a smile to her friend's faces.

“She loved adventure and would be wherever there was adventure or fun,” Mr Wiedemann said as he officiated over the ceremony.

“She had a way of righting your day with that smile of hers – we are all going to miss that.”

The large gathering heard Brittany – like her father – had a strong faith in God.

Family and friends – who wore green ribbons and clothing in honour of Brittany – released bunches of green helium balloons into the air after the ceremony.

The funeral for Nick Saxby will be held at Goodna on Thursday.


Brittany farewelled by mates | Ipswich News | Local News in Ipswich | Ipswich Queensland Times

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