Floyd Fernandes was a 16 year old student at Elim Christian School in Auckland. Floyd’s funeral was held today and a thousand people went to show their respects. Floyd was a really talented musician, playing keyboard and guitar, and was into Christian bands Relient K and Switchfoot. Floyd also played sport and was a fan of cricket and soccer. The NZ Herald site also reports
He also spoke of himself as loving games, all types of technology, Star Wars and food…
His [MySpace] profile reads: “I also like hanging with my friends, playing and listening to music, and I love God.”
The article goes on to say that among Floyd’s favourite movies were The Pirates of the Caribbean and The Lord of the Rings trilogies.
In reading articles about Floyds funeral what struck me was the words of his parents, their dignity in their grief and their continual faith in God and His purpose. Recorded in a NZ Herald article
Floyd’s father, Francisco spoke of a son who loved to compete with him.
“I enjoyed winning and I used to see victory in you.
“Floyd, I have to say you are a better man than me. You won the race.
“I will miss you and I have lost a companion and a friend,” he said.
His mother Jennifer told mourners God had taken back the treasure he had given the family.
Reading about the promise shown by these kids is so moving, hearing about how respected they were by their peers and adults in their community. But for me it’s the little details which also have a big impact. For example Relient K is my favourite band, and my brother listens to a lot of Switchfoot. It seems silly but somehow such a simple, basic connection really heightens the sense of “Floyd was a real guy, a person – and now he’s gone.”
I didn’t know Floyd Fernandes or his family, the information above I read on various current event websites such as The New Zealand Herald. I repeated this information here because I want more people to know about Floyd and I want him to always be remembered.