Family, friends honour Holly

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Family, friends honour Holly

THE community gathered together at Wonthaggi Town Hall to celebrate the life of Holly Nicholson last Tuesday, February 23.

The 13 year old Wonthaggi Secondary College student’s friends mourned her death after she drowned at Williamsons Beach, Wonthaggi, on Thursday, February 11.

“Holly had an incredible sense of decency and a caring nature,” celebrant Pamela Herald said before welcoming Holly’s family to share some of their memories.

Holly’s brother Sam shared a touching poem in memory of the sister who saved his life.

“There are heroes who walk among us, who never look for glory or praise,” he said.

“I would like to thank you for being the real hero that you are.”

Holly’s father Harry Mastnak said his “best friend” will never be forgotten.

“Holly had an enduring sense of spirit. She was a creative person and a loving sister,” he said.

“She was a loving friend to her peers.”

Mourners wore a pink and purple ribbon, Holly’s favourite colours, and took time to remember the young girl from Dalyston who loved clothes, flowers and nature.

Holly’s white casket was covered in flowers and carried out to a glass carriage lead by white horses, her favourite animals.

Holly’s schoolmates and emergency services joined together to hold a guard of honour while Holly’s carriage did a lap of Baillieu East Street.

Sam and mother Julie-Ann rode in the carriage as the procession released pink and purple balloons into the sky.

Holly’s ashes will be scattered into the wind at a later date.

Hero Holly: mourners gathered around Holly Nicholson’s casket outside Wonthaggi Town Hall following her memorial service last Tuesday, February 23.

Hero Holly: mourners gathered around Holly Nicholson’s casket outside Wonthaggi Town Hall following her memorial service last Tuesday, February 23.

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