A 29-year-old navy seaman who died in a horror road crash on Friday has been remembered as a loving father and fiance.
Noah Aritara Tearoiti, known as “Noogz”, was killed when his motorcycle struck a bus in Kensington in Sydney’s east about 3pm on September 29.
Despite the best efforts of paramedics at the scene, Mr Tearoiti was taken to hospital where he later died.
His family and friends have paid tribute to “the most amazing man”.
“Noah was so happy all the time, he had the biggest smile and the best laugh,” his fiancee Tiarna Ivy told 7 News.
“We had big belly laughs every day”.
Ms Ivy gave birth to their baby girl just 10 months ago and the couple were due to get married soon in the Cook Islands, according to 7 News.
Mr Tearoiti’s sister Tia took to Facebook to commemorate the life of “my beautiful and incredible brother”.
“Your girls are safe forever Noogz, I promise,” she said.
“I love you forever.”
Mr Tearoiti was born in Brisbane, living there for the first 18 years of his life before settling in Sydney.
He served more than 10 years in the Royal Australian Navy and was known as a keen footy player, music lover and artist.
His two great loves were his fiancee and their young daughter, according to his friends and family.
“He was the best dad to our daughter,” Ms Ivy told 7.
“He always referred to us as ‘my girls’.”
Jacob Clifton, a close friend of Mr Tearoiti, has started a fundraiser in support of Ms Ivy and their daughter.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the GoFundMe page has raised more than $56,000 in support of the family.
“In a short 29 years Noah’s impact on the world will never be forgotten, his dedication in service to Australia with 10 years served in the Royal Australian Navy,” Mr Clifton wrote in a touching tribute to his friend.
“He touched the hearts of thousands of people scattered all around Australia.”
An Australian Defence Force spokeswoman told The Daily Telegraph that the death of one of their own was “felt deeply by the entire defence community”.
“Defence is focused on providing support to the member’s family and shipmates,” the representative said.