Family and friends gather to mourn teen who died too soon
FOR the family and friends of Benjamin Legg, his funeral marked a life filled with laughter and smiles cut tragically short.
The much-loved 19-year-old died in a head-on crash on The Coast Rd at Lennox Head in the early hours of Saturday, March 15.
As hundreds of mourners sat in the St Mary's Anglican Church yesterday to say their goodbyes, most people were torn between tears of loss and reminiscent smiles for a life well lived.
"Once you became his friend, you became his family. No matter what situation, he (went out of his way) to make you smile."
His father, Roderic Legg, spoke not only of his son's sporting ability, but of his intelligence as well.
In particular, his ability to recall quotes and scenes from his favourite television show, Get Smart, as a child.
"He had an unbelievable memory and intelligence for a kid that age," he said.
For Mr Legg, being able to watch his son's golfing talent emerge was another source of enjoyment.
Benjamin was a member of the Ballina Golf Club and at 15, won the club junior championships.
After several months studying civil engineering at Southern Cross University, Benjamin left university and took up a job with Australian Soil and Concrete Testing.
His mother, Georgina Van'tVeld, expressed her pride as she watched her son grow into a caring young man.
"You loved sharing your kindness, fun and laughter with your family and friends," she said.
"You never had a bad word to say about anyone. You had a special spot in everyone's heart."