Endless tributes for Chappo

THE big smile, wild outfits and larrikin-like humour of Nathan ‘Chappo’ Chapman were remembered on Facebook yesterday.

Just a week and an hour after his 21st birthday, Nathan died early Sunday when the car he was driving crashed into a tree on Bacon Street, Grafton. The accident also claimed the life of his passenger, Kyle Clifford.

Countless tributes continued to stream in on networking site Facebook yesterday, not only from friends but also teachers and others who had met – and liked – the happy and handsome ‘Nath’.

Memories of times spent at Minnie Water and Nathan’s infamous water-bomb fights filled the ‘Chappos Memorium’ wall, alongside photos of the wide-smiled young man.

“We always loved seeing you riding your pushbike down to the beach at Minnie, face covered in zinc, carrying the surfboard and that fantastic smile and big wave as you rode by,” wrote Dennis Erold Mclachlan.

Axel Kay also remembered Nathan’s broad grin. “Your (sic) were always smiling mate. You will never be forgotten,” said his tribute.

Another comment, by former teacher Rayleen Mills, described Nathan as ‘one of the funniest and most memorable kids I eve (sic) had the pleasure of teaching’. “You will be so sadly missed but remembered always and fondly,” she continued.

Deano Jones recalled ‘good old water-bomb fights!’ He followed with: “could be having the worst day and you always made me laugh!”

Many posts also made mention of Nathan’s ‘wild’ fashion sense, including one by Fee Green: “u stood out from tha (sic) crowd every july race day,” she said.

Mairin Lawrence summed up the disbelief of never seeing a friend again. “I just can’t imagine not randomly running into u in the street or at the pub and getting a great smile and a hello.”

‘One of the funniest and nicest blokes i have ever met’ was what Luke Westgate wrote about the young man he had only met once or twice.

Simon Bridge penned he was ‘very glad’ for the honour of knowing Nathan, describing him as a ‘fine example of a larrikin’.

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