The widow of young father Navar Herbert, who died of a brain tumor on Tuesday evening, broke into tears during a service on Friday when she turned the & # 39; love of her life & # 39; remembered.
Navar, an otherwise fit and healthy father-of-person, died just a day after he married his beloved Maia Falwasser in an intimate backyard wedding in Queensland.
During an emotional service at Navar's clubhouse in the soccer team, his wife Maia turned away from the crowd and spoke directly with her husband's open chest, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.
& # 39; You are the love of my life and father for our son, I love you with all my heart. From the first day I met you, I knew I needed you, & she said.
His fellow teammates from Nerang Bulls remembered him as a & # 39; great father, husband, son and brother & # 39 ;.
The 22-year-old father born in New Zealand was diagnosed with brain tumor a few months ago and his condition deteriorated rapidly.
Navar Herbert, an otherwise fit and healthy football player from Queensland, died after a long battle with a brain tumor. Depicted with his one-year-old son Kyrie
Nerang Bulls Rugby team paid tribute to Navar who died of a brain tumor in a moving service
Navar & # 39; s older sister Jornay echoed Maia & # 39; s sentiments and said he was a great brother.
Navar played for the Rugby Union team of Nerang Bulls since he was five years old and was a respected and beloved player in the community.
Current and former players, along with Navar & # 39; s family from Australia and his native New Zealand, attended the service with traditional Maori elements.
Many paid their respect by wearing white, and some also dressed shirts with a photo of Navar.
Navar & # 39; s friends from school shared stories about when they grew up with him, and said he was a good friend and a loving father.
Navar & # 39; s mother Vanessa Herbert said in a statement that the family tried everything to help him recover, but eventually they were defeated.
& # 39; (He was) always determined, considerate and a joker, strong in mind and never complaining. & # 39; I hope they have great footy fields where you are, & # 39; she said.
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After the ceremony, a group of men carried out the haka to a tearing Navar, before coming up one by one to congratulate the couple on their union
& # 39; I hope they have great footy fields where you are. & # 39;
Navar & # 39; s tragic death on Tuesday came just one day after he married Maia in an intimate backyard wedding.
Maia has shared images of their romantic ceremony on a GoFundMe page she made to raise money to fly the body of Navar back to his hometown of Otorohanga, New Zealand.
So far, more than $ 83,000 has been crawled.
Navar was assisted by his groomsmen and family to get ready for the Monday event as they helped put on his fresh white suit and loafers.
He was then driven to the event in preparation for his future wife to walk down the aisle.
Maia wiped the tears away as she moved her way down the aisle, hand in hand with her mother, before joining Navar under the canopy.
Navar told his wife how much he loved her just before they became an official husband and wife
Navar told his wife how much he loved her just before they became an official husband and wife.
Maia is now campaigning to raise money to bring the body of Navar to New Zealand
The couple's one-year-old son, Kyrie, was also present at the wedding and was in the video with their loved ones.
After the ceremony, a group of men carried out the haka to a tearing Navar, before coming up one by one to congratulate the couple on their commitment.
& # 39; Today my heart is heavy and sad, I lost my best friend, husband and father of our son, & # 39; Maia wrote in a moving tribute to her deceased husband.
& # 39; I feel completely in love with friends and family … This is a difficult time, but I find my strength and hiding place in everyone's support.
& # 39; Navar has hit so many people nearby and far away, and he will always stay in our memories and have a special place in our hearts. & # 39;
The couple's young son, Kyrie, was also present at the wedding and was in the video with their loved ones
Navar Herbert, an otherwise fit and healthy football player from Queensland, died on Tuesday evening
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