Kiwi who died in London, Clark Boustridge, farewelled in Greymouth
A 30-year-old New Zealander who died in a tragic fall in London has been farewelled in his hometown of Greymouth.
Clark Boustridge, the son of a prominent West Coast jade sculptor Ian Boustridge, was with friends when he slipped and fell from a building on December 12.
A service was held in Greymouth on Monday. More than 100 friends and family, including his wife, Sally Coleman, filled the Holy Trinity Anglican Church.
The 30-year-old was working as a chartered financial analyst when he died in London.
Boustridge – or Ray as he was known – married Sally Coleman in New Zealand in March last year.
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Archdeacon Robin Kingston said at the service Boustridge died in a tragic accident.
"It was a slip and a trip but we are not going to focus on this death. In his 30 years he filled his life with all sorts of activities. He filled it with study, adventure and travel," he said.
Ian Boustridge said the family nearly lost Clark when his mother Kay slipped down some stairs when she was three months pregnant.
"Kay, as an emergency nurse at Grey Base Hospital, has saved many people's lives. She was in Christchurch emergency department at the time of the Christchurch earthquake and attended to two survivors of Pike River.
"In her darkest moments, she has said, 'I could not save him'," he said.
Ian Boustridge said Clark was a gifted scholar and athlete.
He was educated at Grey Main School, Christ's College, in Christchurch, and Otago University where he gained a Bachelor of Commerce and a post graduate in finance. He met Sally Coleman when he worked at ANZ in Auckland.
"Sally loved him deeply and made him so happy. We had never seen him so happy than when he was with her. They moved to London to pursue their dreams," he said.
He thanked the West Coast community for its support.
"We have been humbled and nourished by your love," he said.
Sally Coleman's brother, Sam, also gave a tribute to Boustridge at the service. A letter was read out from his colleague at Lloyd's Bank in London remembering him as a person of quick wit and sharp intelligence.