Harry Worner, 9, farewelled in moving service at West Wyalong

TOUGH as nails on the outside, but warm and endearing on the inside.

Nine-year-old Wyalong boy Harry Worner was destined to live his life on the land, set to walk in his father’s shoes as far as the countryside would take him.

Instead, with his whole life ahead of him, he was tragically taken during a freak farming accident last week, propelling two Riverina communities into grief and a fruitless search for answers.

Yesterday, as other Riverina kids kicked off the summer holidays, the small town of West Wyalong was still as mourners packed the town's Catholic church to say goodbye to their Harry.

"There is no easy way to say goodbye to a child," Worner family friend Darren Frankel said in his eulogy.

"There is no way to make it seem fair, just or easy." 

Determined to "mend the wound in their hearts", mourners paid tribute to Harry's larrikin personality. By all accounts, he was a boy with the heart of a man – and there was no doubt where his heart lied.

"When he was 5½ months of age, he started to crawl, and he actually went outside," Mr Frankel said. "He knew exactly what he wanted to do, and where he wanted to be, and that was in his Dad's trucks. His Dad's mates were his mates. He was a little legend to everyone."

He had a smile "from ear to ear" as he walked the dusty paddocks, carrying out any job asked of him – and with pride.

"Most children don't like work, but Harry loved it," Mr Frankel said. "Work was his playtime." 

But the boy’s tough exterior belied his sensitive soul. In a letter penned to Harry, cousin Vanessa Stimson recalled how the youngster put family above all else.

"You were always a kind, caring and generous child – selfishness was not in your nature," she said. 

"If you went to the shop to buy a treat, you would also buy one for your siblings or whoever you were with. You would be so proud to know that your little brother Rhi man is following in your footsteps ... he also has your kind and generous heart."

Harry is survived by his father Richard, mother Tiffany and his four siblings Tayah, Amelia, Rhiley and Lily.


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