Andrew Findlay’s partner speaks out after body found in Sydney Harbor following boating accident with Tim Klingender
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The partner of Sydney tech entrepreneur Andrew Findlay, who died in a tragic boating accident, has broken her silence on what would have been her late husband’s 52nd birthday.
Findlay’s body was found a week after she went missing following the July 27 boating accidentwhich also claimed the life of leading Aboriginal art dealer Tim Klingender – whose body was found naked except for his socks.
Police said neither were wearing life jackets when their 7.8m inflatable was crushed by 5m waves off Bondi, with debris from the boat found near The Gap.
Rescuers believe the boat hit a treacherous hidden underwater rock ledge as it was pounded by the huge waves.
On Tuesday, partner Lakshi Pillai shared a heartfelt tribute to her partner.
‘Happy Birthday to the BEST. I miss you so much,’ the mother-of-two shared on Instagram alongside a photo of the couple.
Ms Pillai owns a high-end clothing store on Queen Street in Woollahra, Sydney’s east, specializing in luxury linen skirts, dresses and trousers.
Lakshmi Pillai (pictured) has broken her silence on what would have been her late husband’s 52nd birthday
Andrew Findlay shared three children with his former partner Lizzie Kemp
The post was inundated with tributes and messages of condolence from the fashion and arts community, including Rush editor Jessica Blanch, actress Erika Haynatz and Julie Stevanja, CEO and founder of the commerce platform. Stylerunner electronics.
Findlay shared three children with his former partner Lizzie Kemp, who was once married to cricketing legend Brett Lee.
Last week a funeral was held for him at St Joseph’s College, located on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. Friends and family gathered to witness the service.
“Thanksgiving Mass to celebrate the spectacular, if too short, life of the charismatic, intelligent, charming, creative, curious and one of a kind,” reads a funeral notice.
His death came several months after Ms Pillai had already lost her father.
In a moving Instagram post, she said he was now “united with the ocean”.
“In your favorite chair and wearing your shirt – love you daddy,” she wrote.
‘Now become one with the ocean and continue your next journey. Everyone dies but not everyone lives and you have lived in the moment and seen the beauty of life.
“Something I will always treasure.”
The life of Tim Klingender (pictured) was celebrated at a memorial at the Bondi Pavilion earlier this month