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Farewell planned for Clayton

Clayton Buckland's funeral will be held tomorrow, June 1.
Clayton Buckland's funeral will be held tomorrow, June 1.

CRASH victim Clayton Buckland's funeral will be held tomorrow, Friday, June 1.

His mother Wendy Morris said many people his family did not even know from their home town of Tyalgum had phoned with condolences.

"It's really nice to hear what they have to say - people loved him.

"He was only 19 years-old but, boy, did he live.

"It's hard every day now," she said.

Clayton died Wednesday morning last Wednesday when the car he was driving, which also carried his sisters Jade and Yasmin, hit a tree on Tyalgum Rd, Eungella.

Ms Morris and Clayton's father Chris Buckland last week spoke to My Daily News about their loss.

Both laughed and cried at memories of a lively young man who "never drank, never did drugs - never did any of that."

"Anything he did, he did full-on," Ms Morris recalled.

"He loved his footy."

Avid storm-chaser Clayton slept in a large shed separate from his parents' Tyalgum home, within which a large entertainment system and a weights set were prominent.

Family movie nights used to be held in his bedroom.

Ms Morris said as a family she, Mr Buckland, Yasmin, Jade and Clayton were like the "five musketeers."

"Only two weeks ago he bought a Pentax camera and said, 'mum, we're going storm-chasing.'

"He absolutely loved music. He played the banjo and tried learning the violin - that was absolutely chronic.

"He was a quiet kid, a high achiever at school and so good at physics.

"He was talking about going back to uni to study meteorology after finishing his (plastering) apprenticeship (with his father)."

She said Clayton was an animal lover once stopping his car to herd a snake off the road during a date and, after missing for four days, his three-legged cat Mischief was found with "a broken jaw and an arm hanging off" meowed and "came straight over to him".

Clayton's family and friends are invited to his funeral at Melaleuca Station Memorial Gardens Chapel, Tweed Valley Way, Chinderah from 2.30pm



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