Darling Downs town farewells drowned toddler

A 14-month-old boy from Mount Tyson on Queensland's Darling Downs who drowned in a cattle-watering trough accident two years after his sister died in a similar accident has been farewelled in a tearful service at St Stephen's Church in Pittsworth.

Lincoln Cooper drowned in a calf-watering trough at his parents, Janine and Lawrie Cooper's family farm at nearby Mount Tyson last Tuesday, the Courier-Mail reports.

After the coffin was slid into a waiting hearse yesterday, the couple clung to each other and gathered children Samantha, Raelene, William and Elizabeth into a family hug as 200 relatives and friends stepped forward to comfort them.

Earlier in the service, Lincoln's green toy cart carrying hay and a teddy bear stood beside his coffin near the altar.

Cunnamulla Catholic priest Fr Rod McGinley, who had conducted the funeral of Lincoln's sister, Matilda, returned to Pittsworth to conduct the service.

He said the death of a second child in the family was difficult to understand and he urged the communities of Mount Tyson and Pittsworth to continue to support the family in their grief.

"Sometimes there are no reasons, there are no words, but there is the presence of each other as we go through the pains and sorrows of everyday life," he said.

Tearful farewell to toddler (Courier-Mail, 27/3/07)

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27 Mar 2007

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