HONOURING A CHAMPION: The North Queenslans Cowboys line in a guard of honour as Sam Faust's coffin is taken to the hearse by his close family and friends.
HONOURING A CHAMPION: The North Queenslans Cowboys line in a guard of honour as Sam Faust's coffin is taken to the hearse by his close family and friends.

Sam's memory will live on

SAM Faust’s life may have been tragically cut short on Sunday, May 22, but the legacy he has left behind will always remain.

Sam’s wife Kya made a pledge at his funeral on Monday to continue her fight to assist families of cancer sufferers in the future.

Before Sam lost his three year battle to leukaemia, Kya did all she could to give her beloved husband the best chance of survival.

In her efforts she set up the Sam Faust Appeal.

The mother of Sam’s three children, Kaiulani, Meika and Lola put on a brave face in front of more than 1000 people at Proserpine Entertainment Centre to say she would continue her efforts in raising awareness of the deadly disease through a foundation in Sam’s memory.

"Sam’s fight for life is not over, it is just beginning," she said.

"Sam and I wanted to give back to those suffering."

Kya met Sam more than a decade ago and from that day forward, Kya had her lucky star.

On Monday, Kya described Sam as 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.

"Thank you Sam for leaving a footprint in my heart and giving me the most amazing 11 years of my life," she said.

The emotional service also gave Sam’s friends, family and football team mates an opportunity to share their stories about one of Proserpine’s brightest shining stars.

Sam’s father-in-law Terry Duckworth paid tribute to the son he never had.

"I had a daughter, an only child, of whom I am immensely proud," he said.

"She has shown great courage. If I did have a son, I’d want him to be like Sam. I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

"I couldn’t have done better than to pick him myself.

"He was well-mannered, but most of all he loved Kya."

Sam’s best mates also paid tribute to a great friend, 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."

His final words echoed exactly what everyone had said before him.

"You were a perfect husband, a perfect brother, a perfect best mate, a perfect father. But to me you were Mr Perfect."

Sam’s time as a professional footballer for the North Queensland Cowboys was also acknowledged as the entire 2011 squad formed a guard of honour for Sam as his coffin was taken to the hearse and as the chant of the haka was heard in the background.

The Cowboys will have the name Sam Faust on their jerseys for the remainder of the season in memory of their team mate.

Sam Faust may have fallen but one thing is for sure, he will never be forgotten.

 

 

 

 

she would continue her efforts in raising awareness of the deadly disease through a foundation in Sam’s memory.

"Sam’s fight for life is not over, it is just beginning," she said.

"Sam and I wanted to give back to those suffering."

Kya met Sam more than a decade ago and from that day forward, Kya had her lucky star.

On Monday, Kya described Sam as 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.

"Thank you Sam for leaving a footprint in my heart and giving me the most amazing 11 years of my life," she said.

The emotional service also gave Sam’s friends, family and football team mates an opportunity to share their stories about one of Proserpine’s brightest shining stars.

 


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