Loved ones remember man with passion for cycling and humour
THERE was anger in the room, understandably. But it was subdued - and remained so - as more than 200 people thronged Gregson & Weight's premises in Noosaville to say goodbye to local man and keen cyclist Stephen Small.
Stephen, 42, died after his bicycle was involved in a collision with a utility on Eumundi-Noosa Rd on March 14.
In a non-denominational service, celebrant Tim Goessling stressed the service should celebrate the good things of Stephen.
"Hang on to the good memories, because I don't want you to be held back by your anger," he said.
Family members chose not to speak, but three of his mates spoke up while Mr Goessling read a message from Stephen's former wife Yolanda.
Mr Goessling said Stephen was "master of the saying", and loved his one-liners.
Long-time friend Mark Ashurst, who travelled from the UK to pay his respects, spoke of Stephen's near-fanaticism with cycling, and lamented his loss.
"He's gone - way too soon - and it's just not fair," he said.
Another friend, Ian Cuthbertson, said he shared with Stephen "a passion for cycling and English humour", referring to Stephen's Lancashire origins.
"Stephen decided to start his own electrical business, and came to us with his intended business name: 'Small Down Under'," he said.
"He had such a deadpan delivery."
Mr Cuthbertson referred to an occasion where Stephen had saved another friend's life.
"He was incredibly brave that day," he said.
A fellow cyclist, Nathan White, spoke about how disciplined Stephen was when it came to bicycle cleanliness and maintenance, and he was a mentor to so many other cyclists.
Fellow cyclists have erected a memorial to Stephen at the side of Eumundi-Noosa Rd, close to where the accident occurred.
A Noosaville man, Nathan Craig MacDonald, 35, appeared in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on March 15 on charges of dangerous operation of a vehicle while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance, dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance and assault or obstruct police.
He did not apply for bail, remaining in custody, and will next appear on May 12.