Miles farewell beloved ambulance officer and dear friend
THE Miles community are preparing to say their final farewells to dear friend, father, colleague, ambulance officer and community member Chris Grimes after he lost his eight-year battle with cancer last Thursday.
Chris and his wife Leanne moved from the Gold Coast to Miles with their three children Bailey, Isabel and Tahlia in 2010 and soon became a beloved part of the tight-knit community.
The majority of the Miles township will remember Chris for his passionate service as officer in charge of the Miles ambulance service and as a wonderful friend and confidante to everyone who was lucky enough to cross his path.
"He adored his job and helping people. He couldn't wait to move out here to take the job. He really came to love the town and the people,” Mrs Grimes said.
"I know Chris wanted nothing more than to get back to work after his treatment, I was always amazed by how stubborn he was throughout his cancer battle. He was very determined to fight it, right up to the very end.
"Chris was an amazing husband and father, and a great friend.
"I don't think there was anyone who met him who didn't like him.
"Our family is eternally grateful for the generosity and support of our community through this hard time.”
Close friend and Chris' colleague Lenni Davis has spent the last five months organising a big community day and charity ride in a bid to help raise funds to support the Grimes family through this trying time.
"I know Chris was really looking forward to last Saturday's event and coming along on the ride with everyone,” Lenni said.
"His passing was unexpected but we know he was with all of us in spirit. "We decided to go ahead with the fundraiser because he would have wanted us to have a good day and to enjoy ourselves in his honour.
"We've managed to raise a significant amount of money for the Grimes family who have been an integral part of our community since moving here nearly 10 years ago...
"Before Chris passed away he told me he was a little nervous about the poker run, as he was never one to be the centre of attention, but he said to me 'Lenni I'll try my best for you' and he did. Chris did his very best for all of us and we are going to miss him immensely.”
QAS and Independent Riders Darling Downs also generously donated $3500 to the cause.
Chris' father, Bob Grimes was particularly moved by the efforts of the entire Miles community.
"I feel like I've gotten to know Chris even better through this wonderful town and all the friends he's made since moving here from the coast,” he said.
"I just want to say a big thank you from our family to the people of Miles and everyone who got behind the event and supported Chris and Leanne and the kids through this hard time. I am absolutely gobsmacked by the turnout, this town is full of the greatest mob of blokes I've ever met and I'm just so honoured by the town's support and love of Chris.”
Ms Davis said the community are already planning to hold a Chris Grimes memorial run this time next year in an effort to continue to support his family and honour Chris' legacy.
The funeral will be held Friday, September 27 at 10am in the Leichhardt Centre on Dawson St in Miles.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
To support the Grimes family and make a donation to the cause Chinchilla News have included the charity bank account details below:
Account holder name: L. Davis
Account number: 917 523 006
To see all the roadside action from the weekend in honour of Chris and his family, take a look at the photo gallery below: