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Tears flow as a "loved son" is remembered

Pallbearers Billy Miller, Mitchell Miller, Benjamin Miller, Joseph Cook, Harry Cook and Cooper Cook carry Cole Miller’s casket after yesterday’s funeral service.
Pallbearers Billy Miller, Mitchell Miller, Benjamin Miller, Joseph Cook, Harry Cook and Cooper Cook carry Cole Miller’s casket after yesterday’s funeral service. Geoff Egan

WITH tears in his eyes, Steve Miller said goodbye to his youngest son.

More than 1000 people farewelled former Sunshine Coast teen Cole Miller in a funeral service at St Stephen's Cathedral in Brisbane yesterday.

Cole died in hospital after an alleged coward punch attack during a night out in Brisbane earlier this month.

With his sons Billy and Mitchell by his side, Steve described Cole as a loved son who was adored by family and friends.

"I could have written 50 pages a day since 10am on the 4th of January 2016 when our boy Cole was pronounced dead," he said.

"I could have written these 500 pages and still not had enough words about him."

Holding back tears, Cole's father said the Millers continued to struggle to come to terms with the tragic death.

"Mary-Leigh and I, Billy, Kate and Mitchell will never get used to not having Cole around. And we do not wish to get used to not having Cole around. He is with us forever," he said.

"He was our fourth child. It was at the time the perfect family."

Steve said Cole was the "water polo kid" who idolised his brother - Olympian Billy Miller.

Cole spent his childhood as a "professional passenger and sporting spectator" watching his brothers and sister play sport, including water polo that would later become Cole's passion.

His water polo team mates and former Brisbane State High School colleagues formed a guard of honour that his coffin was carried through.

Steve said "Punky", the family's nickname for Cole, was a much-loved youngest child who grew up in a caring family. He said: "I had to share my little boy, my little boy Punky, with five others. He also shared their hearts. He used to get called Punky, an affectionate nickname that stuck to this day."

Cole grew up in Buderim and went to Sunshine Coast Grammar School before moving to Brisbane to follow his water polo dream.

- APN NEWSDESK

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