Sister’s heartache as she says goodbye to brother
THE younger sister of a motorbike rider killed in a traffic crash at Slacks Creek last weekend has shared a moving tribute to her brother.
As she comes to terms with the loss of her "charismatic" big brother, Ms Jones has revealed the joy 25-year-old Zac Jones brought to the lives of loved ones and the pain those left behind now feel.
"No family deserves to deal with the loss my family has, especially at such a young age," Ms Jones said.
"Unfortunately for the rest of our lives there will be a piece of our heart missing that we can't get back.
"I hope that all his family and friends remember him for his charisma, his happiness and the pure joy he brought into their lives.
"He was someone that this world didn't deserve to lose."
More than 500 people have shared their grief on the prolific social media user's Facebook page since his death on Sunday.
Mr Jones - one of nine siblings - had been riding his black Yamaha motorbike on Kingston Rd, Slacks Creek, about 1pm when he was involved in the crash.
Sadly, the beloved son, brother, uncle and friend died at the scene.
Ms Jones said she and her brother, who was two years older, were "inseparable" as children.
"We would play in the backyard, spend hours playing Lego, play toy cars in the middle of dad's lounge room for hours, watch movies and play games together.
"Even though he said hanging out with his baby sister wasn't cool, I know he loved it."
She said they had been making plans to catch up in Ms Jones' home state of Victoria before the weekend's tragic events.
"We even talked about once COVID was over he would come visit and hopefully by then I would have bought my first home.
"I looked forward to showing him the Great Ocean Road, taking him for coffee and to see the St Kilda Penguins.
"I'm sad because being the baby sister he won't see me have kids or get married.
"I know he will be proud of me no matter what but not having him there just won't be the same.
"Nothing will make a lifetime without him easier but I'm thankful for the years he was a part of my life and the influence he played."
She said it was Mr Jones' outgoing attitude that had inspired her to take her own leaps of faith in life.
"His passion for adventure and to just jump at any opportunity helped push me out of my comfort zone and travel solo overseas to New Zealand and go bungee jumping.
"Zac was the type of person (who) when he wanted to do something he would do it.
"If he wanted to go for a drive he would just hop on his bike or in his car and just drive.
"My brother was happiest when he was surrounded by his close family and his nieces and nephews.
"He loved cars and motorbikes and making people laugh.
"He had a love, well a very strong love, for Dare Iced Coffee Mochas and loved spontaneous adventures."
She said her family extended their thanks to Zac's workplace, Bendigo Bank, and Dare Iced Coffee, both of which had offered support to the family.
They also shared their gratitude to the first responders to the crash and "those who have been there for our family during this tough time".
"Their generosity and kindness has been heart-warming."
Mr Jones' loved ones will gather Tuesday to farewell him in a service that will be live streamed to cater for the hundreds of people who knew him but cannot attend due to COVID-19 restrictions on funeral services.
"I'll drink a Dare for you big brother, may you rest easy and I'll see you again one day," Ms Jones said.
Originally published as 'Won't see me get married': Sister's heartache as she says goodbye