Celebration of life as we farewell two icons

THERE’S a celebration of life on the Gold Coast today as we farewell two major public identities.

The funeral of Gold Coast mother and cancer sufferer Elisha Neave is underway in Ashmore, with hundreds of family, friends and strangers packing The Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in colourful, bright attire.

The beautiful 35-year-old was described as an ‘inspiration’ and an ‘angel’ after losing her battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer last week, leaving behind young son, Jack.


Elisha requested no flowers at her service, rather donations to go to the www.helpelisha.com.au fund set up for her son Jack.

In 2007, Elisha and her sisters, Veronica Neave and Chrissy Keepence tested positive to a gene called BRCA2, indicating a high probability of being diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer in the future.

Veronica and Chrissy chose to have double mastectomies and hysterectomies to avoid cancer, while Elisha chose to wait – as a woman in her 20s she planned to have more children.

Their story featured on Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes last year.

Meanwhile, the greats of Australian television will come together on the Gold Coast this afternoon to celebrate the life of veteran news reader, Ian “Roscoe” Ross.

In a career spanning 50 years, Roscoe was one of the most popular, respected and trusted newsreaders in Australian television history.

He sadly lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in a Gold Coast hospital last week. He was 73.