What a fine young man you were and I was privileged to call you my brother. I've been delaying setting your tribute fund on line for along time because it’s hard to put into words just how special you were to us all. Today is the third anniversary since you left this life when you were only 44 years young, having never smoked a cigarette in your life you were very cruelly struck by this dreadful disease. Images, scenes and conversations from your last year grip me still, their magnitude still so devastating. I've been to your home today and seen Sue, your partner, Paul, your son and his beautiful little girl, Tiana whom I can only hope you can see from heaven as you didn't get to meet her, and Mum and Dad, but Nig there’s a desolate space when I go because your not there.
We all miss you so very much, what was there not to miss, what was there not to like? All who knew you and in whose lives you played a part were blessed, truly blessed with such a talented, funny, beautiful young man. You have left behind an indelible mark in our hearts and you will never ever be erased. I didn't know until recently what the meaning of a star called a "supernova" was, one word that captures what you were all about, and what you will always be to us all, "They are extremely luminous and cause a burst of radiation that often briefly outshines an entire galaxy before fading from view over several weeks or months. During this short interval, a supernova can radiate as much energy as the Sun could emit over its life span." That was you Nig, you packed so much in to your life, always so full of zest and with many a dream still to fulfill, you were energetic and with such an enthusiasm for life.
We all love you Nig and forever will until we meet again, your sister Max, on behalf of all you family and friends. xx