The father-in-law of a man killed in NSW floodwaters last week has spoken out about how the man's 19-month-old son still waits for his father to come home.
“My gorgeous grandson keeps asking for his dad,” Simon Moujalli wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for Ghosn Ghosn’s widow and toddler, “and waits for him to have breakfast with him as he always did, and sing and dance together before he headed off to work.”
Mr Ghosn and fellow Sydney father Bob Chahine died when their ute was swept off a flooded causeway in the Southern Tablelands on Monday night. It’s believed both men were riding in the back tray. Two men in the vehicle’s cab managed to escape and swim to safety before raising the alarm.
A large-scale search was launched for the pair at Bevendale, about 50 kilometres east of Boorowa. Two bodies have since been found. While they are yet to be formally identified, NSW police say they believe they belong to the two missing men.
“There are no words to describe the hell my daughter Sarah is living at the moment,” Mr Ghosn’s father-in-law wrote online, “having lost her soul mate, her true love, the father of their little toddler and her whole world. My daughter’s heart is crushed.”
Family ask for help to support widow
Mr Moujalli went on to explain that he was “asking for help” for his daughter and beautiful grandson, Isaiah. “My son-in-law, God rest his soul, will never see his little boy grow up and my daughter Sarah is left broken and a widow at such a young age.”
He added that he was setting up the GoFundMe page to “help Sarah with the long road ahead of her. To help ease the financial burden of raising a child as a single mother and help with bills until she is able to move on,” he said, “and to give her time to mend her broken heart".
Since Mr Moujalli launched the fundraiser, more than $22,400 has been raised towards the $30,000 target.
“I am trying to be the pillar of strength but when I see my daughter Sarah breaking down and in so much pain it kills me,” he added. “I feel helpless and battered. I just want to hug my daughter and tell her everything will be better. No parent should ever have to go through the torture of seeing their child left devastated after such a tragic loss.”
Mr and Mrs Ghosn had just celebrated their four-year anniversary in August and son’s christening in September.
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