Reece Harding funeral: family pledges to further Kurdish cause he lost his life for


Friends of Reece Harding at his funeral services on the Gold Coast. Photograph: JAMIE McKINNELL/AAPIMAGE

Reece Harding funeral: family pledges to further Kurdish cause he lost his life for
The 23-year-old Gold Coast man, who died fighting with Kurdish forces against Islamic State militants in Syria, was laid to rest at a service on Saturday


The family of Gold Coast man Reece Harding has pledged to continue furthering the cause he lost his life for.

The 23-year-old died fighting with Kurdish forces against Islamic State militants in Syria.

His determination, sense of adventure, love of life and warm heart were remembered during his funeral service on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Reece’s father Keith said the 23-year-old had been to more countries than most people visited in a lifetime.

“I know Reece, you can’t speak,” Harding said. “But we will speak for you and further the cause you were passionate about. I love you son, and I am so, so proud of you.”

Reece’s younger brother, Jordan, spoke for his mother Michele, who recalled the first time he smiled at her as a six-week-old. “Goodnight, my darling boy, and sleep tight.”

Jordan promised to live his life the way Reece had done. “At a time when everyone else stood by, my brother stood up,” he said.

But it was lifetime milestones – his first legal drink with Reece, attending his brother’s wedding, becoming an uncle – that Jordan painfully acknowledged he would now never experience.
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