Hundreds mourn car crash victim

00:06, Oct 25 2012
TIME TO GRIEVE: Burgess family members carry the coffin of Josh Burgess into the funeral service at the New Life Church in Richmond

A former Nelson man killed in a car crash has been farewelled by hundreds of family and friends.

There was standing room only as about 300 people gathered for the funeral of Joshua John Burgess at Richmond's New Life Church yesterday.

He was killed last week when his car crashed into a power pole in the Christchurch suburb of Mt Pleasant as he was driving home after a late shift.

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'LIFE OF THE PARTY': Christchurch barman Josh Burgess was killed when his car crashed into a power pole in Mt Pleasant.

The 27-year-old was a barman at Winnie Bagoes in Ferrymead where he was known for his love of life and people.

His father, Mike, told the Nelson Mail the family was overwhelmed that so many people from around the country and Australia had travelled to show their love of Josh. "He would be really embarrassed by this because he was actually quite a private person. He loved people, but if he was here he'd say that the rest of his family are just as important.

"He was the life of the party, but he never wanted to be the centre of attention," he said.

His son excelled in most things he did, mainly because of his intellect and imagination which saw him win the South Island 42 Below Cocktail World Cup with his tobacco-infused vodka called Smoke on the Water.

Tears and tributes flowed as family and friends remembered Josh, for his big heart, love of reading, tattoos, his partner, Lucie, and family. "We are just lost, we can't sum you up, we can't do you justice," said a friend who was among dozens who travelled from Christchurch.