Sunday 15 December, 2019

PHOTOS: Damien 'Dappa' Taylor laid to rest with fanfare and music

Damien 'Dappa' Taylor was laid to rest at the Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens today.

Damien 'Dappa' Taylor was laid to rest at the Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens today.

A man who was fun, full of life and a forever friend, was laid to rest with much fanfare and plenty music.

The thanksgiving service and funeral of Damien 'Dappa' Taylor reflected his spirit and his vibe. The young Law student, martial arts participant, musician, biker and 'life of the party', died tragically last year whilst riding his motorcycle along the ABC Highway.

He was a friend of many and many counted him as a true companion. The Combermerian was studying Law and looking forward to taking and passing the bar. He was truly living his school motto of 'up and on'.

RukaTuk Band led by Wayne 'Poonka' Willock, led the funeral procession into the Coral Ridge grounds for the interment. Poonka told Loop News ahead of the funeral that he knew the day would be very difficult for him. He said he told Taylor's parents and sister that he would play for the funeral but he knew it would not be easy. Tearfully, he explained, "Damien was like a son to me".

The funeral service was held at Sanctuary Empowerment Centre in Country Road this morning, Monday, January 15, 2018. There were musical tributes at the church by Randy Eastmond and Company, as well as Samuel Millington and Colin Spencer. TheRegards was also a tribute by Major Denzil Walcott, while the Words of Encouragement were delivered by Dr. Marlon O'N Husbands.

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