June 08, 2012
Lillie, Jackson and Willsher Weekes.
Hundreds of mourners gathered at St Paul's Cathedral in Wellington this afternoon to farewell three unique and special children made from the same recipe.
Two-year-old triplets Lillie, Jackson and Willsher Weekes were remembered in an emotional and uplifting ceremony by about 400 friends and family, stuff.co.nz reports.
The children were killed when a fire broke out in their daycare centre in the Villaggio shopping mall in Doha last month.
Parents Martin and Jane Weekes said the light and excitement their "three little monkeys" brought to their lives would be irreplaceable.
In recalling their fondness for baking, swimming and pushing "every button they could find", Martin Weekes said the children lived their lives in a state of happy mayhem.
"They were three special yet very different little people, all from the same recipe. Each different and so special in their own way."
Martin Weekes recalled anecdotes about each of his children.
Talking about Lillie, nicknamed Peanut, Martin Weekes said: "Ironically at the age of 12 months we found that our little peanut was allergic to peanuts".
"Despite her size or rather lack of it she was a pocket rocket, a chatter box, our climbing tree monkey, a little princess with the bite of a tiny Rottweiler, and the most affectionate and cuddly child."
"Lillie loved Tinkerbell, in fact I think she may even be Tinkerbell. She was as close to a little fairy as you could be albeit a mischievous little fairy."
Jackson, known as Jacky, had far better table manners than his two siblings and had an obsession with cleaning, Martin Weekes said.
"He was a compulsive cleaner. He would constantly be picking up the broom, or following along behind us cleaning as he went. If left to his own devices he would pull apart anything he could find, but would always clean it up again afterwards."
But for Jane Weekes the most special moments with Jacky came at night, when her son would bring his favourite blue pillow into his parents' room and spend a few quiet moments cuddled up with his mother.
"I would pull him and his blue pillow up onto the bed and he would just cuddle in next to me for five or 10 minutes. Then I would take him and the pillow back to his room and he would settle in quietly to sleep."
Willsher, known as Winkie, was more shy than his brother and sister, but always seemed to capture everyone's attention, Martin Weekes said.
"He loved to smile and laugh, and he really loved to eat. Winkie would eat with two spoons - one in each hand - shovelling food into his mouth as quickly as he could.
"If we had something different on our plates he wanted some too, and if we had seconds then he would always say he wanted more too."