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In Memory of Chris Asquith


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 doors.


"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 kids."


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 cute."


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 carers.


"Camp Irwin was fun, Chris was in his element," Mrs Asquith said.


"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 said.


"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.

References and further information

This article was produced by The Townsville Bulletin


For the rest of the article, visit the Townsville Bulletin website.


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