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Carl Webb remembered his big heart and courage by loved ones as the former NRL star was laid to rest in Queensland: ‘All men die but not all men can truly live’


The local football team formed a guard of honour, his best mate gave a speech for the ages and the people of Dalby turned out to say goodbye to their favorite son Carl Webb who tragically lost his battle with MND.

The 42-year-old was laid to rest after a four-year battle with motor neurone disease that left him confined to a wheelchair and unable to perform basic functions.

It was an awful and undignified way for the former Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys and Parramatta Eels NRL star, who was known for his aggression – especially when representing his beloved Queensland Maroons.

A promising Golden Gloves boxing champion who would reach the pinnacle of rugby league, the small Queensland town where Webb was born and raised has ensured his legacy will never be forgotten.

Former Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys, Parramatta Eels and Queensland and Australian international Carl Webb has been laid to rest after losing his battle with MND.

Former Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys, Parramatta Eels and Queensland and Australian international Carl Webb has been laid to rest after losing his battle with MND.

Rugby league club Dalby Diehards formed a guard of honor for Webb as the service expanded his hometown church.

Rugby league club Dalby Diehards formed a guard of honor for Webb as the service expanded his hometown church.

Rugby league club Dalby Diehards formed a guard of honor for Webb as the service expanded his hometown church.

Pallbearers will take Webb to his final resting place after a moving and moving funeral service

Pallbearers will take Webb to his final resting place after a moving and moving funeral service

Pallbearers will take Webb to his final resting place after a moving and moving funeral service

The local football team, Dalby Diehards, formed a guard of honor as Webb was escorted by pallbearers to his final resting place.

Local residents, friends and family from far and wide filled the chair and overflowed outside as Israel Kamakawiwo’le’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow played over the loudspeaker.

The service began with a moving Welcome to Country delivered by Toby Adams.

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«Be thankful and be thankful for this country and the ancestors of this country, not only for having us here today, but most importantly for taking care of Carl’s body as he made it safely to Sky Country,» he said.

Webb’s uncle Ken Riddifold was the first of the speakers and shared stories of his nephew’s competitive nature that arose from a very early age.

«In first grade he was so determined to win the foot race, he leaned so far forward to cross the finish line that he fell over … he won the race,» he said.

«He was diagnosed with MND at the age of 39 because he realized that many others were affected like him,» he said.

«He felt the need to start a foundation to raise awareness and funding, to hold various functions and events.»

Carl Webb's best friend Damon Keating said his friend was always big on living life to the fullest

Carl Webb's best friend Damon Keating said his friend was always big on living life to the fullest

Carl Webb’s best friend Damon Keating said his friend was always big on living life to the fullest

Keating said Webb never once complained about having MND until the very end

Keating said Webb never once complained about having MND until the very end

Keating said Webb never once complained about having MND until the very end

Webb’s best friend Damon Keating was with the former NRL star until the very end and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room after his speech.

«Carlo’s two passions in his early 20s were fun and enjoyable,» he said.

“I remember in the 2004 off-season I had just come back from England. Carl enjoyed spoils in the Broncos 2000 premiership team and his 2001 Origin debut.

“He was out of shape and didn’t go to first class, it was because of the extra effort he put into his other passion called having fun.

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«There is no truer statement than only the good die young. All men die, but not all can truly live,» he added.

“Carl loved the quote ‘life’s too busy’ and I never once heard him complain in the five years after his diagnosis.

Webb’s partner and mother of his third child collapsed trying to read her eulogy, with a friend taking over.

«We have taught each other patience, acceptance and strength, and in our short time together we have overcome and dealt with more than most people do in a lifetime,» her eulogy read.

“Even though I never wanted to let you go, I would do it all over again in an instant.

Webb at his best on the rampage in Queensland was not only known for his blistering ride but also for his trademark

Webb at his best on the rampage in Queensland was not only known for his blistering ride but also for his trademark

Webb at his best on the rampage in Queensland was not only known for his blistering ride but also for his trademark

Webb helped Johnathan Thurston bring credibility to the North Queensland Cowboys after years of poor results

Webb helped Johnathan Thurston bring credibility to the North Queensland Cowboys after years of poor results

Webb helped Johnathan Thurston bring credibility to the North Queensland Cowboys after years of poor results

Webb was backed by some of the biggest names in the league, including Shane Webke and Gorden Tallis

Webb was backed by some of the biggest names in the league, including Shane Webke and Gorden Tallis

Webb was backed by some of the biggest names in the league, including Shane Webke and Gorden Tallis

Tributes were also read from Webb’s daughters.

Hunter Webb said when she thought of her father, she remembered how strong he was.

«Not because of the legs you played or the boxing, but because of the courage you had to fight a terrible disease,» she said.

“I remember that every night before you went to bed you would tell us a story about us when we were toddlers, and that even though you had this disease, you were the same man inside.

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“As you grew weaker and older, this didn’t change. Dad taught me that the human spirit doesn’t die when it’s struck by an incurable disease or a deadly virus, but only when it’s forgotten.

“So I ask that my dad not be forgotten, but remembered.

Brooklyn Webb said her father was the strongest man she knew.

«I saw him fall and he didn’t seem bothered at all and he didn’t even cry,» she said.

«I still see my father in the sunset, in the strong wind and rain, and I always know that he will be with me, forever watching over me and helping me every step of the way.»

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