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Help Shannen navigate this devastating loss

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We didn’t only lose a husband, a brother, a friend but a soon to be father.

Connor would have had his 30th birthday this year, he would have become a father for the first time and he would have celebrated a first year of marriage. It’s so hard to comprehend why this has happened, as it happened so suddenly and has come as a huge shock to all that knew him.

Shannen’s words -

It is with the heaviest heart that I write these words. My husband, Connor passed away unexpectedly in his sleep yesterday morning. Connor was the love of my life, he was the best husband, the best friend, the best family member, the best fur baby Diddy and he was also going to become a father this year in August. We are expecting baby Rissel - our baby bugle and he was so so excited to share this with everyone. Words can’t describe the feeling this morning - the air is fresh and he loved the early morning so it feels right to share this news at his favourite time of day. He loved surfing, he loved being in the water at the beach, he loved a coffee and a choccie, he was so much fun to travel with, to have a laugh with friends and family, he was always trying to live an exciting life that he was proud of, trying new things like fly fishing, he worked hard, he loved being creative with his art and music and he gave his whole heart to those he loved and had such a huge heart, empathy and care for people he met. He was the most rare person you could meet and I am so proud that I got to become his wife and spend 5 years, and 4 months with him. The memories that we have I will cherish forever and I will live the rest of my days reflecting on ways I can be more like him. And when I welcome our baby into the world he or she will be surrounded by everyone that loved him, to share memories about how beautiful of a person he was and his memories will live on.

No one could prepare you for the emotions and helplessness you feel when you hear the news of a loved one passing. All funds will help contribute to giving Connor the send off he deserves and help Shannen have the best start possible to raise their baby and ongoing costs of living while she also processes this devastating loss.

We can not thank you enough for reading this if you come this far and if you donate we appreciate it more than you know.



  • Alexandra Radulescu
    • $5 
    • 2 mos
  • Hannah Tupu
    • $20 
    • 8 mos
  • Elizabeth Kippist
    • $10 
    • 8 mos
  • Milk and Poppy Community
    • $200 
    • 8 mos
  • Kayla DeLaPaz
    • $50 
    • 8 mos

Organizer and beneficiary

Kirsty Watson
Blue Haven NSW
Shannen Rissel

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