REMEMBERED: The Paddle Out for Paul Bartlett provided a fitting farewell for friends and family.
REMEMBERED: The Paddle Out for Paul Bartlett provided a fitting farewell for friends and family. CONTRIBUTED

Tributes flow for ocean lover

A MOVING ceremony marked the passing of Paul Bartlett at Arrawarra Headland last week.

Paul fought an aggressive form of leukemia for eight months before he died.

More than 500 people attended his funeral service, after which many headed to one of his favourite places to remember him - on the water.

Nearly 200 people were involved in a paddle out, with Paul's children Fraser, Chloe and Rani placing a wreath of flowers on his board in the centre of the circle.

Paul's wife Leanne would like to pass on a message of thanks to the local community and Grafton people who attended the funeral.

Leanne particularly wanted to thank the many local people and medical support that helped them during Paul's struggle. She also thanked the many friends who organised a golf fundraising day that raised more than $5000 to support the family.



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