Grieving husband and father Darren Bullock delivered a heartfelt eulogy for his wife Julie and son Hudson in front of almost 500 mourners at a funeral service in Camden on Monday.
Mrs Bullock, 49, and seven-year-old Hudson were killed in a head-on car crash along the Hume Highway near Pheasants Nest on Tuesday, March 7.
Mrs Bullock’s daughter and Hudson’s twin sister Sienna was also in the car. She was taken to hospital and was released last Friday. She was absent from the funeral.
St John’s Anglican Church was filled with family members, colleagues, friends and students, with even more outside, all of whom wanted to say goodbye to the Wilton locals.
Reverend Tony Galea started the service after Mr Bullock and Julie’s step-children Maddison and Conrad entered the church to the song ‘Can’t help falling in love with you.’
Yellow, white and blue flowers were draped across the coffins at the front of the church to commemorate Mrs Bullock’s and Hudson’s favourite colours.
Mr Bullock told of the life he had created with Mrs Bullock and their children.
“When Julie and I went on our first date she opened the door and gave me a kiss on the cheek and I knew I was in,” he said. “Our romance began and we have been inseparable ever since.”
Mr Bullock told several personal stories about when he and Mrs Bullock were first going out, when they built their dream home in Nangarin Vineyard Estate in Picton, Mrs Bullock’s love of animals and her passion for working as a children’s occupational therapist.
“Julie had a laugh that would make people light up – it was infectious,” he said.
Mr Bullock then spoke of his love for his children and the close relationship Sienna and Hudson shared.
“Julie and I used to say our children were ‘mini me’s’,” he said.
“At least five nights a week we would sit down at the dinner table and talk to our kids about their days.
“Hudson loved to talk. He would never shut up. Those dinner discussions will be truly missed.
“Hudson was a polite, caring, good little man and he shared a special bond with Julie.
“Hold each other tight and we will all cuddle again one day.”
The Christian service saw Psalm 23 verse read from the Bible, an address from Reverend Galea and the audience were invited to pray for the Bullock family and the The Lord’s Prayer was said.
Acting head master of Wollondilly Anglican College Ian Croger spoke about Hudson’s love of learning and his kindness. He read out tributes from Hudson’s friends.
Camden Women’s Church member Mandy Pilottos told mourners how faith was an integral part of Mrs Bullock’s life.
Mrs Bullock’s father Rodney Andrews also delivered a eulogy where he told stories from his daughter’s life and how proud he was of his grandson.
A slideshow of photos was a touching tribute to the Bullock family’s life and Reverend Galea gave a final farewell.