Jonah Lomu’s sons took one final ride with their beloved daddy. The two young boys rode in the hearse that carried their father after participating in an emotional funeral service. So heartbreaking.
One of the greatest men to ever play rugby, Jonah Lomu, died at the age of 40, after a rare kidney disease he’s been battling for over 10 years on Nov. 17. He left behind two precious sons, Brayley, 6 and Dhyreille, 5, who absolutely adored him. The helped take part in the services by singing their hearts out during the funeral and even rode in their dad’s hearse to the burial site.
About 8,000 people crowded into the South Stand at New Zealand’s most famous rugby ground to celebrate the life of Jonah. His two boys were accompanied by mom Nadene Lomu, were dressed in black shirts with the silver fern on the front and their dad’s No.11 on the back. Brayley and Dhyreille were very active during the services and released doves in remembrance of their beloved father along with their mom at Eden Park.
During the emotional services at the church, the pair sang a duet “I am a child of God” at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mangere. Following the service, the two boys helped push their father’s coffin inside the funeral hearse and jumped in with it, before it was driven off to the Manukau Memorial Gardens Cemetery for a private dedication service. So heartbreaking.
Nadene’s father Merv Quirk, also spoke about his sadness at losing a son, according to North Star.”It’s [the baptism] a fond memory I have of Jonah,” he told the service. “I was his biggest fan, long before I met him.” He stated that it broke his heart when Jonah was sick and suffering. “Jonah was a man of few words, but he followed up on what he said. He didn’t say much – but he did a lot. I’m going to miss him very much, I know Nadene will, the boys will and they were very brave to sing his song.”
Our thoughts are with Jonah’s family and friends.