Now at peace: Generous teen mourned
DECLAN Primmer had the whole world at his feet.
The beloved 19-year-old - who died in a single car crash southeast of Brisbane on Tuesday - battled Crohn's disease from age 11 and depression later in life.
But the Cornubia man never let his struggles overcome his passion for charity work and those around him.
About 12.30am on Tuesday, he was killed when his car hit a tree on West Mount Cotton Rd at Sheldon.
The tragedy has torn a hole in the heart of his family and girlfriend, who have described him as "gentle, kind, selfless and so loving".
"He loved animals and children and had such a gentle, loving nature," Mr Primmer's mother Cassie Primmer told The Courier-Mail.
"He worked at Police Citizens (Youth Club) with children and Jabiru (a school-aged-care community) since he was 15, and wanted a career in animals and had just finished studying."
Mr Primmer had a close connection with his first girlfriend.
In a tragic tribute on Facebook, she said Mr Primmer was now at peace.
"He was truly the kindest soul and a pleasure for anyone who was lucky enough to meet him," she wrote.
"I cannot express the pain it has brought us, but knowing he is now without pain brings a flicker of warmth to my heart.
"Rest in peace, my rock, the kindest man I know."
Ms Primmer said his two-year-old nephew Asher was Mr Primmer's "favourite person in the world".
A family friend that Mr Primmer worked hard to earn a diploma in youth work and he had a lot to offer the world.
"You will forever hold a special place in my heart my little mate," she wrote.
"To say I'm going to miss you is an understatement."
Police will prepare a report for the coroner.
Originally published as Now at peace: Generous teen mourned