‘Fly free darling’: Loved dad loses battle with rare disease
THE Sunshine Coast has lost a "shining light" after adored father, grandfather Dez Ginns died on Sunday.
The popular Mooloolaba hairdresser had been in and out of a coma in intensive care since last year after he contracted Japanese encephalitis from a mozzie bite in Bali.
But tragically on Sunday afternoon surrounded by family, Dez lost his long battle.
His son and former Big Brother contestant Ryan Ginns wrote life would be "a little bit darker" without Dez in it.
"But you will always be with me Dad," he wrote.
"I am who I am today because of the things that you and mum have taught me.
"I have peace in knowing that those things are constant reminders of you.
"Not goodbye but thank you Dad. You're forever in my heart."
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My Darryl Lea/ Dad, Sitting here writing this doesn’t feel real. Never in my life did I believe something like this would happen. In my eyes, you were invincible. I feel homesick, shattered, heartbroken and lost at the thought of never having you here again, and I’m not quite sure how life will ever feel the same. Thank you for loving our family endlessly, I am so proud to have had you as my Dad. You taught me many things but most of all to love, be kind and stay true to myself. You truely were one of the greatest souls I know. I will miss you every day. I’ll even miss your ciggie & cologne combo that I gave you a hard time about. They say when you loose someone you love, you love them even deeper because they’re not right there to receive it. I hope you can feel it. You’re now with the spirits you spoke to, so maybe in time you’ll speak to me. I promise I’ll be waiting. I love you with every part of me x
Daughter Abbey said her father's death still "doesn't feel real".
"Never in my life did I believe something like this would happen. In my eyes, you were invincible," she wrote.
"I feel homesick, shattered, heartbroken and lost at the thought of never having you here again, and I'm not quite sure how life will ever feel the same."
His wife Judy wrote the family's hearts were broken for "our courageous Dez who fought so hard for five months to stay with his family whom he adored".
"The world has lost a special soul and he will stay in our hearts forever. Fly free darling."
Since Dez was hospitalised, the Sunshine Coast community has rallied to raise more than $40,000 in a GoFundMe for the family.
Due to coronavirus restrictions on the funeral industry, the Ginns family will hold an intimate ceremony to farewell the loved father and grandfather.