In Memory of Chris Asquith
Chris Asquith lived his life for his family. The
49-year-old father-of-three tragically lost his life at the weekend
after his moped and a four-wheel-drive collided at the intersection
of Kalynda Pde and Herveys Range Rd.
His wife Roz yesterday remembered her husband as a loving father
to his children Tamara, 23, Baden, 18, and Jono, 17, and role model
to the more than 20 foster children who walked through their
"He was the ultimate family man," she said.
"He was 'Mr Mum' for many years while I worked.
"It wasn't anything for him to go to the pre-school with the
Chris, from Sydney, and Roz, from Adelaide, met in Townsville
almost 30 years ago while they were waiting at the ferry terminal
while on vacation.
"He thought he was going to (Magnetic Island), and I thought
that was the funniest thing on the planet because we were going out
to the reef platform," she said.
"We just hit it off. He made me laugh and I thought he was
The pair settled in NSW where they had their eldest children
Tamara and Baden, losing two in between.
Mrs Asquith said the experience shaped their family, with the
couple starting a support group for parents forced to end their
pregnancies for health reasons.
But it was a move to Townsville and a stint running Camp Irwin
on Magnetic Island that opened the door to becoming foster
"Camp Irwin was fun, Chris was in his element," Mrs Asquith
"We did a camp for underprivileged children. We had them
for two weeks ... and it changed our lives."
Over the past four years, Mrs Asquith said the couple had acted
as respite carers for more than 20 foster children for varying
periods of time, a role Chris savoured.
"He was just a kid-magnet and he'd had kids around him his whole
life," she said.
"The family and the kids were Chris' life, full stop.
"They were always his priority, no matter what."
But life wasn't without its struggles for Chris, who was born
with a brain injury.
"He overcame some massive, massive hurdles," Mrs Asquith
"We've had some pretty interesting things happen in our life,
but it's just built us stronger and stronger."
In lieu of flowers, the Asquith family has asked
that donations be made in Chris' memory to Synapse, formerly the
Brain Injury Association of Queensland.
To do so, please visit Synapse's Donations
Page and place Chris' name in the 'Company/Organisation'
section when you donate.
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