Today was the inquest for Derek Mead, Katherine Hawke’s father. The family have released the following statement:


Statement from the Mead Family regarding farmer and local businessman Derek Mead.

“As a family we have been processing the circumstances surrounding our father’s death for the past seventeen months. This is a time of high emotions and we are aware that the conclusion of the coroner’s inquest may be extremely difficult for us and for those of you who knew our father.

As we move forward, we hold tight to the thought that our father has left behind a wonderful legacy for all of his family and friends to cherish. Reminders of his hard work, relentless passion and joy for life lives on around us through the memories we treasure and the stories we share with family and friends.

We want to express our deepest gratitude for the support and all the kind wishes we have received during this difficult time from so many that Dad touched.

This will be the only statement that we will be releasing and we thank you for continuing to respect our privacy as we, as a family, continue to grieve.”