Two-year-old Darcy Membrey was never far away from a digger.
When the Naringal family was driving along in the car young Darcy would yell out "digger!”. And sure enough, somewhere distant in the paddock there would be one working away that had caught his attention.
His father Travis recalled the reoccuring scenario at a funeral for Darcy, who died in a farm accident last week.
His mother Sasha, through her sister Tegan, summed up the little boy’s interests.
“Tractors and diggers were your everything,” she told more than 500 relatives, friends and members of the Allansford Football Netball Club, who gathered at Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday.
“But when your sisters asked you to play mummy and daddies, you always did, playing the cutest little baby, or arguing to be the dad.”
The day Darcy was born, April 28, 2016, was “one of the happiest” in her life, Sasha said. “You were way too cute,” she said. “Your happy little face looking up at Mummy. I was so excited for your sisters, to have a little brother. They love you, and you love them.”
Darcy, his parents said, was also a cheeky boy who “right from the start” had the “whole world wrapped around his finger”.
He would race his older sisters up and down the hallway on little cars; straight after a bath, they said, he would run outside and jump on a bike before anyone could get clothes on him.
But the young boy, Travis said, enjoyed flashing his parents a serious look before telling them “don’t worry”.
And it was these words, alongside with “don’t matter”, “I do it”, and “I want a digger and a tractor” that were printed on the funeral program, while tractors and diggers adorned his coffin.
“Our memories with you will stay forever,” Sasha said.
“I can hear you right now: ‘Mum, Dad - don't worry’.
“I love you more than you would ever know.”
Travis said he was “one special little boy”.
“You'll forever be in our hearts and minds,” he said. “Please look over your sisters as they grow up and forever be in Mummy's dreams.
“Our favourite boy, you will always be with us.
“I still remember the day you were born and the joy of having our third, beautiful child. Love you, little man."
Classic hits like The Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun were interwoven with the Bob the Builder theme song.
Naringal Baptist Church pastor Malcolm Ward read tributes from Darcy’s uncles, aunts and cousins, who would remember him “buzzing around” on his toes like a “happy little hummingbird”.
“We will be forever warmed by the joy, love and laughter that you gave us,” they said.
- The Standard sought, and was granted, access to record Tuesday’s farewell.