Mates help finish Terry's dream
LISMORE electrician Terry Bartusch and his new bride Rosie had a dream life ahead of them.
They had bought a house to renovate, their new business was thriving and four months ago they welcomed their first child Zavier into the world.
And then two weeks ago tragedy struck when Mr Bartusch, 31, was electrocuted while carrying out electrical work at the Klassic Lodge on Nimbin Rd, Goolmangar.
Rosie Bartusch, 25, is deeply in shock and grief at losing her husband and seeing their dreams together shattered.
Now, family and friends of the couple have stepped in to make at least one dream come true for Mrs Bartusch.
Armed with tools and building materials, a dedicated renovation rescue-style team arrived at Mrs Bartusch's home on Saturday to finish the work Mr Bartusch had started on his young family's home.
"Terry could build anything," Mrs Bartusch said.
"He had big dreams for this house; he called it a renovator's dream when he found it. I wasn't sure to start with, but then I fell in love with this big old Queenslander."
Mr Bartusch's plans to fix up his four-bedroom "renovator's dream" had to wait while energy went into establishing his new business, Lismore Electrical Services, but the group of tradies who gathered at the Brewster St house on the weekend were determined to finish what their mate had started.
Organised by Mrs Bartusch's brother-in-law Dan Jones, walls were painted and cornices repaired, the old kitchen removed and replaced and the home's bathroom renovated.
The tradies worked free of charge, with local businesses also pitching in thousands of dollars worth of free materials to see the Bartusch family home come together.
"He would just be so happy and blown away by this. His dream is coming true; just a lot quicker than it would have," Mrs Bartusch said through tears.
As work carried on around her she showed The Northern Star the rose garden her husband had planted in July.
"We were married in our garden in 2009," she said.
"For our wedding anniversary this year Terry picked out these rose bushes and made the planter boxes for them. He was very particular about each rose he chose; the colours and how they were planted," she said.
"He told me he wanted me to be able to pick a rose every single day of the week. Terry was an amazing man.
"We were so happy together. There will never be anyone like him."
The Bartusch family would like to thank:
Ed Cullen, Lismore City Electrical, Richmond Skips, Dayal Singh Joinery, Laminex, Coates Hire, staff at Bunnings Lismore, GCB Scaffolding Hire, Pelican the painter, Del Casa Homes, Casino Electrical, Gava Cork and Flooring Goonellabah.