Party clothes at funeral of young woman

FELL: Jess Brough died on Tuesday.
FELL: Jess Brough died on Tuesday.

Funeral-goers will wear colourful party clothes to celebrate the life of "beautiful, vivacious" Jess Brough, which was cut short when she fell two storeys from a central Wellington fire escape.

The 22-year-old will be farewelled today, and friends and family have been invited to dress up for the occasion. It is believed she was climbing a fire escape to reach a Garrett St flat when she fell early on Friday morning.

She died in Wellington Hospital on Tuesday.

Her father, Jim Brough, described his daughter as "a beautiful, vivacious, intelligent, creative young woman".

"Jess inspired people. Her many friends who visited in hospital spoke of how she challenged them to do things they would not have done without her encouragement," he said in a statement.

Her funeral will be held at The Pines in Houghton Bay at 3pm.



Mark Samoa, 47, the Wellington port worker killed on the waterfront early on Sunday, will be buried at the Whenua Tapu Cemetery north of Plimmerton this afternoon.

More than 400 people packed Southwards theatre yesterday to farewell Coastlands boss and Kapiti business leader Bruce Mansell.

Tears and tributes flowed for a man described as a "giant of giants" by his business partners Ngahina Trust, as one of the founding fathers of the Kapiti district, and as a devoted family man.

The 74-year-old, a director of Coastlands since the mid-1970s, died at his office desk in the mall building last week.

The Dominion Post