A RED and white guard of honour lined the entrance to Grafton's Christ Church Cathedral yesterday as Rodney O'Neill was farewelled by his former Redmen teammates, relatives and friends.
Hundreds took seats or huddled together at the rear and sides of the church for Mr O'Neill's funeral yesterday after he was found dead last week in his Brisbane unit.
They gathered to pay their respects to Rod, a young man who was fondly remembered as a genuinely popular friend both on and off the rugby field.
Still visibly upset by the sudden tragedy that took her son away from her, Mrs O'Neill was consoled by Rod's brothers throughout the service. People clasped hands for support and tears rolled down the cheeks of those who recalled their own personal memories of Rod as music rang through the church.
Rod's eldest brother, Darryl, told the congregation of his late brother's willingness to always give people the time of day and lend them a hand.
As people filed out of the church into the bright sunshine, the song 'Remember Me' filled the air.
Those who knew Rod will probably find it hard not to in the coming days.