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Paul’s back home John Norwell (cream hat) looks on with family and friends as his son Paul’s ashes are spread at The Farm. Picture: Anna Warr
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Thirty of his colleagues nominated Mr Norwell for ‘The Knock of Cash’ promotion. Many of these colleagues as well as surfing mates such as Glenn Fenwickwere instrumental in organising the inaugural Paul Norwell Memorial Paddle Out.

“We spent many days here surfing so we decided as a surfing community, we’d organise this and do what he wished. I’m sure he approved,’’ Mr Fenwick said.

Fellow paramedic and long-time family friend Dale Hughes said The Farm was Mr Norwell’s favourite spot.

“Aparamedic’s life is pretty stressful, we all look for strategies to de-stress –this was Paul’s. He spentmost of his days off here,’’ Mr Hughes said.

Hesaid his matewaswell-loved and respected.

“From the surfers down here at The Farm to his work colleagues and his immediate family, Paul had a calm persona about him and ready smile,’’ he said.

“We are going to spread his ashes today, have a circle of remembrance and few quite prayers for him.We are here to remember our mate who went too soon.’’

Lisa Norwell said it was a tough day but her husband requested his ashes be spread out to sea.

“This [The Farm] was his second home. This is what he wanted,’’ she said.

“We miss him dearly. He was a friend to everybody, a passionate paramedic and just an adored husband and father.’’

John Norwell said it was only right that his son chose The Farm as his final resting place.

“He loved this place. This is where he surfed most of his life. I also surfed here in the 60’s before the land was developed,’’ Mr Norwell said.

GOODBYE: John Norwell (cream hat) looks on with family and friends as his son Paul’s ashes are spread at The Farm. Picture: Anna Warr

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