Mother remembers her son who died doing what he loved
JOSEPH Healion was a gentle giant with a "big personality", who loved his family, was a talented musician and a loyal friend.
Better known as Joe, the 19-year-old was the type of lad his friends really looked up to - literally. At six foot four, he towered above his mates.
"He was really really respected by his friends," Joe's mother Carolin Healion said.
Tragically Joe died last Tuesday after he was struck by a car while out riding a motorcycle he'd bought that afternoon.
It is some consolation to his mother that her boy was doing something he really loved at the time he died.
Joe was the middle child with an older brother Sam, 22, and younger sister Chloe, 16.
Mrs Healion said her family had been her rock to lean on.
"Their strength helps me get through," she said.
Joe was a "bright kid" with a great sense of humour and he loved to watch Monty Python and Doctor Who.
"And he loved soccer... he'd go to soccer and he'd come home and just be all hyped up and excited," Mrs Healion said.
He played with West United FC as a junior and more recently in the division two men's team.
Joe had also competed in judo, and he loved to go camping.
This is the second heartbreak for Mrs Healion and her family in as many years. In early 2013, her husband Mark died in a tragic work incident.
Joe had been 17 and at the age where the two could be men together. He had started to come to terms with his father's death and had grown into a really nice young man, she said.
The teen, who was in his third year as a first class machinist, had big plans to travel in his future. Mrs Healion said Joe's death hadn't quite sunk in for his family.
Every day they expected to hear him strumming away at one of his guitars, which happened often, or playing at his computer.
Mrs Healion said her "amazing friends and family" were a huge support.
"It's been really really heart warming," she said.
Family and friends will pay tribute to and remember Joseph Healion at his funeral service tomorrow.
Mother Carolin Healion has asked that, instead of buying flowers, donations be made to the Queensland Ambulance Service local ambulance committee.