PAYING THEIR RESPECTS: The North Queensland Cowboys players lined up to honour their former team mate Sam Faust.
PAYING THEIR RESPECTS: The North Queensland Cowboys players lined up to honour their former team mate Sam Faust.

Sam Faust laid to rest

MORE than 1000 people turned out to the Proserpine Entertainment Centre today to farewell North Queensland Cowboys player Sam Faust.

The talented footballer, born and raised in Proserpine, lost his battle with leukaemia last Sunday night after a three year battle with the disease.

Those present to pay their respects to one of the region’s brightest stars came from all of Sam’s circles of life – whether it were friends of the Faust family, his junior football mates when he played for the Proserpine-Whitsunday Brahmans or the entire 2011 North Queensland Cowboys squad.

Among them were Queensland State of Origin stars Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott and Sam Thaiday.

While the crowd were still shocked by Sam’s tragic passing at just 26, Terry Duckworth said some fitting words as a proud father-in-law.

He said Sam was a young man with a great smile who was loved by everyone he knew.

“He was a champion bloke,” he said.

Sam’s best mates also gave their tribute to a great mate, gone too soon.

“He was loved by all that knew him,” Grant Bell said.

“Sporting ability was just one of the things Sam was blessed with.

“Even during his NRL career he was always modest.”

Sam’s wife Kya who he met 11 years ago also gave a fitting tribute to her late husband.

She said Sam was the most courageous person she had ever met as he stared adversity in the face and always had a great fighting spirit against all the odds.

“He was the bravest person I have ever met,” she said.

Sam leaves behind three young daughters Kaiulani, Meika and Lola.


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