Adorable, adventurous and admired were just some of the words used to describe teenager Adam Clegg at his funeral yesterday.
Hundreds of friends and family gathered to farewell the teenager at a three-hour-long funeral service at New Plymouth Boys' High School's Ryder Hall yesterday afternoon. It was also streamed live online.
The talented, blond, blue-eyed surfer, aged 16, died last week at Auckland's Starship Hospital after a short battle with a severe staphylococcus infection.
His father, Simon, started the service by telling the harrowing tale of Adam's declining health, which started as a sore throat and ended with his son's death.
Last Tuesday Mr Clegg was by Adam's side reading texts of love and support from friends when the doctor told him it was time to call the family together.
"It was time, Adam had held on for as long as he could.
"At 11am on Tuesday morning we turned the machines off that had kept Adam alive, and Adam passed away peacefully."
Adam's mother, Jo, talked about a young man who took life by the reins and of a son who cared greatly about his family and friends. "Adam loved life, he was so happy, he was living the dream. Close family, wonderful friends and every day grasping an opportunity, enjoying what earth and life had to offer.
"Thank you for being such an amazing, protective son and brother, stand by our side as we try to look forward," she said.
A memorial bench which will sit outside the Carrington Hostel at Boys' High School, was presented by some of Adam's classmates and his teacher Kane Rowson.
On Sunday Adam was given a surfer's send-off in New Plymouth when more than 100 people paddled out off Fitzroy Beach and formed a circle. About the same number stood at the water's edge, while even more stood further back on the beach.
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