It’s become somewhat of a modern tradition to pay tribute to our dads on Father’s Day, by sharing pictures that capture fond memories over the years.
But the day can be bittersweet for those who have lost someone close, like the father of slain Queensland woman Toyah Cordingley.
The grieving dad has marked Father’s Day by sharing touching photos of himself and his daughter on social media, capturing precious moments between the pair.
Mr Cordingley wrote a heartfelt Facebook post on Sunday, dedicated to honouring his late daughter, whom he found dead on Wangetti Beach, 40km north of Cairns, last year.
Toyah, aged 24 at the time, was reported missing on October 21 after taking her dog for a walk. She was discovered lifeless the following morning.
“This Father’s Day I choose to remember the wonderful Father’s Days of past,” Mr Cordingley wrote on his first Father’s Day without his daughter.
“I will not be sad, I will be thankful for the beautiful times we had. I Love you Toyah. <3 Daddio,” he added.
Accompanying the grieving dad’s touching message were candid pictures of Toyah as a child and adult.
One photo shows her smiling as a toddler while sitting on her dad’s lap, another captures the moment the cheeky little girl poured a bucket of water over her old man’s head.
Final pictures show a content Toyah in more recent years, before her young life was cut short.
Mr Cordingley has continued to be closely involved in the ongoing investigation into his daughter’s death, and shares frequent updates and tributes to the social media page.
In June, he shared touching photos of the pair dressed in costume to attend the movies.
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