Heartbroken dad sets his 'baby boy' free after tragedy
IT might have been his infectious smile or his prodigious talent as a drummer. Or it could have just been his pleasant, easy nature that just seemed to attract people into his life.
Whatever their individual reasons - their own special memories of a life so tragically cut short - more than 250 mourners packed Greenway Chapel to pay their respects to Coen Patrick Cashin.
The 24-year-old died after his car left Wilfred Barrett Drive and collided with a tree about 11am on August 5.
Paramedics worked to save the beloved only son of well-known Coast rocker Mark Cashin but he died at the scene.
A cymbal and a set of drumsticks now adorn the site with a simple message: "Since you're gone we are left to weep, while the angels dance to your drumbeat."
One of his best friends of 10 years Gavin told Coen's memorial service at Green Point today his mate would always be remembered for the good times they shared and his "infectious smile".
He said one of Coen's favourite things was to pick up a sixpack "which usually involved whatever beer was on sale" and then infuriate his mates by "refusing to refrigerate them".
They both got jobs at McDonald's where Gavin said it took the manager "about three shifts to work out Coen and I couldn't work together".
"We spent more time trying to work out how to get out of work, than we did actually working," he said.
Gavin said they would often spend time trying to think of ways to entertain each other or "throw eggs" at the KFC across the road "to get a reaction".
He said in addition to Coen's well-known musical abilities he was also a gifted skateboarder who secretly loved his mates coming to watch his gigs.
Coen's younger sister Keely Cashin choked back tears as she described the incredible bond he shared with their parents and how she had lost the "best big brother" she could have imagined.
His heartbroken father stoically spoke of his love for his son, who shared his love of music and would often play drums for his dad's gigs.
Earlier he took to social media to post: "Today I set my baby boy free. I love you Coen, there will never be another gift and talent like you."
Yesterday, at a private viewing, he pinned a small cymbal badge to Coen's shirt that he got him when he was just four years old.
"It will live forever with him," he said on Facebook.