Paddle out for Jonno

More than 200 people gathered in the rain at The Pass in Byron Bay last Thursday before a paddle-out to honour Jonno Howell, who died in Bali on April 5.

The popular photographer, entrepreneur and surfer died from anaphylactic shock after suffering an allergic reaction from something he ate.

The paddle-out was held on Jonno’s 28th birthday – a fitting day to celebrate his life, his family said.

Jonno was remembered as a “lovely, spirited, adventurous boy” who was a connecting force between people and who loved to have a laugh. He grew up in Hobart and moved to Byron Bay in 2003, where according to his mum, Colleen he “found his piece of paradise”. “

"His heart and soul was here. I could hear it in his voice when I talked to him on the phone,” she said.

Jonno’s funeral was held in Tasmania last week, but his family all travelled to Byron Bay to be with Jonno’s Byron “family”.

Jonno’s dad David told the service he was overwhelmed by the generosity and love he had received from the local community and did not realise the extent of the friendships and connections his son had made.

Jonno ran the media website Byron Bay Live, had his own web photography gallery and blog and contributed to the website Common Ground Byron.

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