Peter Jackson’s family, the Channon Market and Binney Family Funerals have put out a statement about the funeral arrangements for the Northern Rivers legend, and how the public can be involved.
The statement says, ‘Pete tragically passed away in the environment he was connected to and dearly loved. He touched the heart, coloured the region and was a special friend to those in the greater community and will be sadly missed.’
Among other ways ‘to pay respect to this fantastic man’ yet to be announced, a private family service will be held Saturday 22 August.
The statement says that community safety was always a priority for Mr Jackson, so organisers ‘are working towards how we can grieve as a community in a safe way,’ with a larger memorial service to celebrate the life of Peter to be organised later, when it can be done safely. Funeral groups are currently limited die to COVID-19.
On Saturday 22 August, ‘We are asking the community to form a Heart (Guard) of Honour as Peter takes his final journey home to mother earth,’ says the statement.
‘If you want to be involved you are invited to form up on the streets of Lismore as the cortege leaves from the Gordon Blair Carpark, Woodlark Street Lismore at 9:30 AM Saturday 22nd August 2020.
‘The cortege will then travel via Woodlark, Bridge, and Terania Streets, concluding at the intersection of Wilson St.
‘Please find a location along the route where you can socially distance. The family requests you wear bright colours and place your heart on your sleeve, your front gate, or a special place in memory of Peter.’
The statement concludes by saying, ‘Pete’s family wish to express their heartfelt thanks for the many responses to his passing.
‘Pete was such a big part of the community with many connections and will be very dearly missed.’