Lucas Fowler Remembered By Hundreds At Emotional Memorial Service In Sydney
Hundreds of family and friends have gathered on Sydney's north shore to say their final goodbyes to Lucas Fowler, who was brutally murdered in Canada.
Lucas was in love, travelling the world and making the most of life before he was brutally murdered alongside his American girlfriend in Canada.
His father -- NSW Police chief inspector Stephen Fowler -- told a memorial service for the 23-year-old in Sydney on Friday that his son lived a life many envied.
"He didn't just dream of travelling, he worked and saved and made it happen," Fowler told the hundreds gathered at Turramurra Uniting Church.
Lucas met Chynna Deese in Croatia two years ago and Fowler said the two were "full of happiness".
"The day she stole Lucas' heart was the day she became part of our family," he said.
They had embarked on a road trip around Canada before their van broke down and they were found dead on a British Columbia highway on July 15.
"We are so happy that Lucas and Chynna found each other and had such a great time travelling together, meeting new friends and just milking every last drop of fun out of life," Fowler said.
"They laughed and loved, and touched the hearts of everyone they met."
The globetrotter loved camping from a young age - a love that was nurtured during annual family trips to Mylestom on the northern NSW coast.
Lucas was also known for his very limited style of dress -- a white t-shirt, flannelette shirt and low-hanging jeans.
A group of his friends on Friday wore flannelettes in honour of the adventurous 23-year-old. They remembered him as kind, carefree and full of joy.
"No matter where he was or who he was with, he brought, love, smiles and laughter," one friend told the service.
"I miss you brother.... we had a lifetime of good times, and like always, we couldn't keep up with you and you've taken this final adventure without us."
NSW Police Minister David Elliott and Fowler's police colleagues were among the hundreds gathered at the church to pay their respects.
The family has requested donations be made to a charity in lieu of flowers. Fowler's family previously said after his death that they'd lost a dear son, brother, grandson and friend in the "most terrible of circumstances".
Deese, 24, was farewelled by loved ones at a service at New City Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, a few days ago.