One final goodbye to Jerry Collins

By Ripeka Timutimu

Surrounded by family, friends and admirers, Jerry Collins took centre stage one last time.

The room was filled with happiness and love as stories of this man were told.

As rugby stars descended upon Porirua, it was a testament to the character of JC.

The father and sister of Alana Madill also came to pay their respects, with her mother staying in France to be beside Jerry and Alana's daughter, Ayla.

His passing had many rugby players thinking about their own futures.

Those in attendance felt the outpouring of love for Jerry Collins today, a favourite son of Porirua, who will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

Rest easy, Jerry.