ABC Goulburn Murray By Rhiannon Tuffield Updated 4 Feb 2019, 5:33pm
The mother of a toddler run over and killed in a rural Victorian
driveway last week has said she would give her life to bring back her
Seth Haddow was struck by a ute, driven by a 29-year-old man, outside his family’s home in Tatura, in the state’s north, last Monday.
Seth Haddow was struck by a ute, driven by a 29-year-old man, outside his family’s home in Tatura, in the state’s north, last Monday. The death of the one-year-old is being treated as a tragic accident.
Heartbroken family and friends gathered for Seth’s funeral, as he was remembered as a beautiful, cheeky boy taken before he had been given the time to live.
More than 100 mourners packed out a tiny funeral home in Shepparton, watching on as videos and photos from a brief life reflected from the wall behind a white coffin lined with blue and white flowers.
His devastated family, too heartbroken to speak, sat quietly in the front row as celebrant and aunt Gloria Whitfield read tributes from Seth’s mother Jayde, father Brendan, and his two older siblings Miah, seven, and Layton, five
“We can only imagine the talent he may have gone on to have; we do not know what impact this child would’ve made on this world,” Ms Whitfield said.
“We have come to celebrate the short life of this unique little man who was very loved, special and unique.”
A tribute from Ms Haddow described Seth as a happy, spirited child who would often rip his nappy off several times a day, causing anguish for his parents.
She said Seth had been a caring brother and lit up every room he walked into.
“The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do is try to find the right words to say goodbye to you, my darling boy,” the tribute read.
“I’m so sorry that your life was so tragically cut short from you. If I could give my own life just to have you home, I would in a heartbeat
“Sethy, I miss you so very much, my heart is so broken, I love you more than anything in this world, you were my best friend.”
His father Brendan described Seth’s birth as the most incredible day of his life, and that the first time he held his son his life changed.
“Watching you grow was such a pleasure — from the first smile to the last laugh,” the tribute read.
“You pooed in the pool every time we went for a swim, [but] everyone absolutely loved everything about you. You were always such a happy little boy, so perfect; I could go on forever and ever.
“I’m so lost for words. I miss you so much, Seth. I am so sorry. Spread your little wings my angel — I am so proud to call you my son.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up in support of the family, so far raising more than $14,000.
Paramedics were called to the family’s Peter Avenue home last Monday, around 6:00pm.
Emergency workers attempted to revive the little boy but he tragically died at the scene.
Police will prepare a report for the coroner.