... Greg Baitch
33 year old Greg took his own life on 8th October 2007 on the Central Coast NSW. He was clearly a dad in distress.
In exerpts from Greg's fathers eulogy he said;
What a loss.
A parent should never be in the position of having to bury a child. Particularly someone who is physically well and in the prime of his life. What a waste.
And I keep asking myself, why? What more should we have done to help you Greg? What level of despair were you at to take such a final step? Why didn't we detect that you were so deeply depressed? Why didn't I check with you whether you had sufficient cash to meet immediate needs?
It's a tough world out there for tradesmen. Subcontracting...
Furthermore the financial responsibilities of child support for divorced dads make it difficult for them to be able to get on with their new lives. Society, big business and government has a lot to answer for. It is tragic that the weight on his shoulders was such that he could not cope with things any longer.
I guess I will never know what triggered his final hours of despair. He loved his boys and told them so. He tried hard to be a good man and person, but felt that he was never good enough. But we all know that he was good enough. Gregs generous spirit was such that he'd always put others in front of himself. He was very gregarious and had lots of friends in all walks of life, as seen by the crowd here.
Our memories of Greg will remain forever.
He toiled and worked hard and aimed to achieve.
He was generous with his family and friends.
He would give you the shirt off his back.
Our lasting memory of Greg will be the smile, the laugh and the happy and generous spirit that he had.
Greg had love all around him, yet he felt that that he didn't have the love that he particulary wanted.
Mate, you will always hold a special place in our hearts. We will miss you.
IF I KNEW
If I knew it would be the last time That I'd see you fall asleep, I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.
If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door, I would give you a hug and kiss and call you back for one more.
If I knew it would be the last time I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise, I would video tape each action and word, so I could play them back day after day.
If I knew it would be the last time, I could spare an extra minute to stop and say "I love you," instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.
If I knew it would be the last time I would be there to share your day, Well I'm sure you'll have so many more, so I can let just this one slip away.
For surely there's always tomorrow to make up for an oversight, and we always get a second chance to make everything just right.
There will always be another day to say "I love you," And certainly there's another chance to say our "Anything I can do?"
But just in case I might be wrong, and today is all I get, I'd like to say how much I love you and I hope we never forget.
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike, And today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight.
So if you're waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today? For if tomorrow never comes, you'll surely regret the day,
That you didn't take that extra time for a smile, a hug, or a kiss and you were too busy to grant someone, what turned out to be their one last wish.
So hold your loved ones close today, and whisper in their ear, Tell them how much you love them and that you'll always hold them dear
Take time to say "I'm sorry," "Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay." And if tomorrow never comes, you'll have no regrets about today.