A week after their mother was killed in the Mandurah boat crash tragedy, West Coast Eagle Rhett Bazzo and his sister Kameron have penned an emotional tribute for Kylie Bazzo — asking her to give their late father “a big hug for us”.
Published in Saturday’s The West Australian, the children described the 52-year-old as “selfless, loving and devoted”, writing that she had been ”reunited with our Dad, her eternal soulmate”.
“You were our best friend, you made the good times better and the hard times bearable,” the pair wrote.
“You sacrificed everything to ensure we had the best life possible and your strength and courage to raise us alone will be used as inspiration to guide us through the days without you.”
“We are so lucky to call you our Mum and promise to do everything we can to make you proud.
“Give dad a big hug for us. Luv always, Kam and Rhett.”
The touching notice comes after Rhett Bazzo, who played nine games in his maiden season for the Eagles, took to social media on Wednesday to pay tribute to his mother.
The 19-year-old’s Instagram post was met with a wave of support.
“Words cannot explain the feeling of not having you around anymore. Forever grateful for the unconditional love you’ve always shown us. Thank you for choosing me. You’re now reunited with your eternal soulmate RIP Mum,” he wrote.
The Eagles say they are doing everything they can to support the teen — whose father Steve Bazzo died of cancer in 2015.
“We will give him (Rhett Bazzo) as much time as he needs with his family and football is not the priority right now for him,” West Coast Eagles coach Adam Simpson said on Wednesday.
Cutting a holiday short from Canada after her mother’s death, Kameron also took to social media last week.
“Two beautiful soulmates reunited forever. Rest in paradise out beautiful Mum, she said, accompanying the words with a collection of photographs,” she wrote.
Ms Bazzo was knocked into the water when the boat she was in collided with a pylon around 10pm on January 21, with Peel Water Police officers recovering the body of Ms Bazzo near Creery Island at around 7pm on Sunday.
Ms Bazzo was onboard the vessel with friends Deborah and John Burdon and another man when their boat trip went horribly wrong.
Mrs Burdon — also a mother of two — was pulled out of the water by police later that night, but tragically could not be revived. Her 47-year-old husband, Mr Burdon, who is believed to have been the skipper at the time, was injured and taken to hospital.
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