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Wanaka crash victim Jerome Box remembered

ROSE CAWLEY
Last updated 15:41 22/08/2014

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The men who shared Jerome Box's final flight and moments of his life have reflected on the "great adventurer" at his funeral.

Hundreds of mourners came together in Auckland to remember and celebrate the 52-year-old who died in a helicopter crash on August 16 at Mt Alta near Wanaka.

Crew members and four other parishioners from St Paul's Anglican Church were injured in the heli-skiing trip crash.

One of the men reflected on the weekend that "didn't end the way we thought it would".

"It was really Jerome to go looking for adventure and it was really Jerome to drag people along - not that it took much".

"We had a great warm up run. It was a beautiful clear day and then we took off on the flight that brought us here today."

He said all the men are "devastated" by what happened.

"We will remember him always."

During the ceremony at Greenlane Christian Centre his brother Greg described him as a gift.

"He was just great from the day he was born."

Box's older sibling said the adventurer was his "best friend".

''He was the brightest light in my life and now that has gone out, and I don't know how it will ever be filled."

"His biggest legacy is the people here today."

His sister Gaybriella said the adrenaline junky had "nine lives".

"He was 100 miles an hour right from the start.

"I want to inject your passion into the world."

She said even in the face of testing and painful health problems he pursued his passion for adventure and the New Zealand outdoors.

Johnny Grant, who officiated the service, said the greatly valued man will leave an immense hole within the church community.

The funeral epitomised Box's love of music, adventure and his words as a poet were shared. 

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