Rugby league player Liam Hampson has been farewelled by family and friends in a touching ceremony at Moreton Daily Stadium in Redcliffe on Monday, with more than 1000 people attending.
Hampson was remembered as a fine footballer and a character off the field, weeks after his tragic death in Spain while holidaying with friends - among them, several NRL stars.
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Gold Coast Titans playmaker AJ Brimson and Brisbane Broncos forward Jordan Riki were pallbearers at Hampson's service. They were together on tour with their close friend in Spain before he died.
Dolphins NRL coach Wayne Bennett and Melbourne Storm winger Xavier Coates were also in attendance.
In a stirring eulogy read by Hampson's father Brett, the 24-year-old was remembered for his determination to pursue a career in rugby league, as well as his 'cheeky' personality.
Heartbroken family, friends and members of the rugby league community have gathered today to farewell rising NRL star Liam Hampson, sharing what they'll miss most.
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“Gone too soon, but what an amazing 24 years it was,” Hampson said of his son.
“Liam was full of cheekiness and fun and living the best life he could.
“His birth was one of the best moments of my life.
“Liam always had a footy in his hands growing up. All he wanted to do was run with the ball and tackle kids.
“There is a hole we will never fill. I will miss my best mate. Rest in peace buddy.”
Hampson's Redcliffe coach Scott Murray remembered Hampson as "a wonderful young man who helped a lot of people".
"I don't how many times I walked into the change room and thought I may have had a tough day but if Liam was in the room everything was OK," Murray told reporters.
"He just had that personality that was able to light everyone up. He was just fun to be around. Everyone enjoyed being in his company."
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Hampson had NRL aspirations and the talented hooker was on the cusp of realising his dream.
"He certainly deserved that opportunity the way he was playing for us," Murray said.
"When he came on the field he made a difference. He was a real X-factor for us. He was one of the big reasons why we did so well this year."
Murray said Hampson also made a wonderful impact as a teacher's aide at Redcliffe State High School.
"We have a rugby league excellence program at Redcliffe State High and he was able to mix with 13-year-olds and 18-year-olds," he said.
"He was amazing with the way he was able to connect with the young people and provide support for those who needed it."
Redcliffe Dolphins captain Cameron Cullen said Hampson would "leave a big hole" in the lives of all who knew him.
"He was very loved across our whole club, the playing group and the community," Cullen said.
"The Dolphins are a club with a rich history and his legacy will last here forever."
Murray said the death of Hampson was hard to accept.
"You wake up sometimes and you think, 'Did it really happen?' I don't know whether it has really sunk in for us all," he said.
"We are really going to miss him."
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