Diving tragedy leaves Campbell family heartbroken
JONATHON Campbell woke up one morning a couple of weeks ago and knew he had to tell his wife, Jukes, how much he loved her.
It was not something they said to each other very often but he knew he had to do it.
"I waited for an hour for her to wake up to tell her that I loved her and I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to do that," he said.
He will never get the opportunity again.
Jukes was at a belated Christmas party with her workmates from Dan Murphy's, Noosaville, on Good Friday when she and a friend ran and dived fully clothed into the Noosa River for a swim.
She struck her head on something, believed to be a sandbank, and never regained consciousness.
On Monday, the people close to Jukes held her as her life support machines were switched off and she took her last breath.
After 25 years, Jonathon must now live without the hip-hop mad, fun-loving Jukes, a name she adopted by deed poll after a pharmacist once misspelt her original name, Julianne.
The Sunshine Beach had been together since they were in grade 12 at Noosa District High School.
"We met when I heard she wanted to go do the deb ball with me," he said.
"I was supposed to be going with another girl but when I heard Jukes wanted to go with me..."
Jonathon and Jukes would have celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on October 9.
"We just had a special connection. She was a really funky, cool chick," Jonathon said.
"She loved music, she loved life. She was such a caring person.
"That's what a lot of her friends are saying. If she could help them, she would.
"And she didn't worry about the small things, which is a good philosophy."
Jonathon, a policeman, said he and his sons, Jackson, 19, and Joe, 16, were grateful for the support of friends, family and fellow officers, particularly his mate, Sam Frysteen, and boss, Sergeant Mal Scott, since Jukes' accident.
He said the past week had been exhausting.
"I've cried a river of tears. Jukes wouldn't want us to be sad, but she's irreplaceable."
A celebration of Jukes' life will be held at the Noosa Christian Outreach Church, Noosaville, on Monday at 11am.