A bride who tragically died in a golf buggy accident on her honeymoon has been remembered for her ‘caring, loyal, kind-hearted spirit’ and ‘unconditional love’ towards all who knew her.
Hundreds of mourners, donned in black, packed into St Mary’s & St Merkorious Coptic Orthodox in Rhodes, in Sydney’s north-west, at 9 am on Saturday to say their goodbyes to Marina Morgan, 29.
Just three weeks ago, her friends and family piled into the same church to watch her marry the love of her life, Robbie, 30, before her life was cut short ten days later when the couple’s buggy flipped over on Hamilton Island.
Devastated loved ones embraced Mr Morgan as he broke down in tears outside the church as Ms Morgan’s white coffin, adorned with white flowers, arrived in the hearse.
A bride who tragically died in a golf buggy accident on her honeymoon has been remembered for her ‘caring, loyal, kind-hearted spirit’ and ‘unconditional love’ towards all who knew her (pictured, Mr Morgan embracing mourners at the cemetery)
Mourners gather around the coffin after it was taken to the cemetery on Saturday
Mourners console each other as the coffin is lowered into the ground at the cemetery
Mr Morgan and the mourners stand at the gravesite as the coffin is lowered into the ground
Mourners pay their final respects before the coffin is lowered into the ground at the cemetery on Saturday
Ms Morgan, 29, married the love of her life Robbie, 30, in a large church ceremony in Sydney on June 11, with the couple then heading north to Queensland’s Hamilton island for a sun-soaked holiday
Several men, including her husband, carried her coffin into the building and onto the altar, where a photo of her taken on her wedding day was placed on top of the casket.
After traditional prayers were read, her brother Mark Hanna told the crowd how he would forever miss his ‘kind-hearted sister’.
‘There are no words that come close to the ache that we feel in our hearts today,’ he said, fighting back the tears, ‘It looks like the heavens are weeping as well.
‘Marina was a sweet, young, independent woman who was loved by everyone who knew her.
‘She was beautiful inside and out, loved to laugh, and always had a positive outlook on life.
Mr Hanna described his younger sister as ‘talented, gentle, and kind’ and said the pair shared a strong bond and appreciation of each other.
‘I’ve lost someone with whom I shared so many things,’ he said.
‘I feel as though I have lost a part of myself. Leaving a wound that stretches from my rib cage to the bottom of my gut.’
Mr Hanna said his sister was a loyal friend and great sister and was always someone people could go to for advice.
He said it was not often people came across someone ‘so special’ that they would stay with you forever.
‘I will mourn all the times I will not be able to tell Marina that I love her, and I will mourn all the times I will not play the beaming big brother.
Hundreds of mourners have gathered at a church in Rhodes to farewell a bride who tragically died in a golf buggy crash on her honeymoon
Marina Morgan’s devastated loved ones packed into St Mary & St Merkorious Coptic Orthodox Church in Rhodes, in Sydney’s north-west, on Saturday to say their final goodbyes
Just three weeks ago, family and friends were at the same church watching her marry the love of her life Robbie Morgan, 30
Distraught family and friends attended the funeral in Rhodes, north-west Sydney, on Saturday
Devastated loved ones embraced Mr Morgan as he broke down in tears outside the church as Ms Morgan’s white coffin, adorned with white flowers, arrived in the hearse
Devastated friends and family step into the church to pay their final respects
Mourners stayed dry under umbrellas as they gathered to bid their final farewell to Ms Morgan
‘But I promise you all here today that I will not let this scar be the death of me.’
A childhood friend said Marina had a ‘contagious laugh’ that could always ‘be heard from the other side of the playground’.
‘How lucky are we to have shared laughs with Marina. Her comedic relief and bright, contagious humour,’ she said.
‘When I think of you Marina, I think of how you were always true to yourself. You knew who you were, and you would never change that for others.
In a bespoke poem, her cousin Miriam vowed to live her life ‘fearlessly’ the way that Ms Morgan ‘dared’.
She said she spent the night ‘snuggling’ with Ms Morgan before her wedding, and the bride told her how ‘fulfilled’ her life was.
‘A daughter, a friend, a family member and a wife. Marina did truly fulfill her biggest goal in life,’ she said.
‘To marry her soulmate Robbie and be a bride, while filling her family with pride.
‘The night before her wedding, we snuggled together, and she told me how fulfilled she was and how life just couldn’t get any better.’
After traditional prayers were read, her brother Mark Hanna told the crowd how he would forever miss his ‘kind hearted sister’
Mourners carry the coffin into the church in Rhodes, north-west Sydney, on Saturday
Several men, including her husband, carried her coffin into the building and onto the altar, where a photo of her taken on her wedding day was placed on top of the casket (pictured, mourners outside the church)
The poignant lines brought Mr Morgan to tears as he sat in the front pew alongside relatives, who rubbed his back in comfort.
While the widower did not get up to speak, the priest told the church how Mr Morgan had recalled the couple’s last few days together in Queensland.
The priest said the day before she died, Mr Morgan noticed his wife was particularly radiant and glowing with joy in a way he had never before seen.
‘It was because the god had entered her heart and told her she would be joining him in heaven soon,’ the priest said.
‘Please see this as a celebration. She is in a better place now alongside god and his angels.’
Emotional scenes brewed outside the parish on Cavell Avenue as Mrs Morgan’s casket was placed into the back of the hearse, before it was driven to Rookwood Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest.
Ms Morgan, 29, married the love of her life Robbie, 30, in a large church ceremony in Sydney on June 11, with the couple then heading north to Queensland’s Hamilton island for a sun-soaked holiday.
But just ten days after exchanging vows, a buggy driven by the groom flipped over, killing Ms Morgan.
Ms Morgan, who was not wearing a seatbelt, fell out of the vehicle and onto the road.
In a post online, Mr Morgan said he was ‘heartbroken’ and ‘the world would never be the same’ after his wife’s death
Footage obtained by Daily Mail Australia has offered a glimpse into the last days Marina Morgan, 29, spent with her husband Robbie (pictured together) on their honeymoon in Hamilton Island
Photos of the ill-fated trip posted online show Mrs Morgan lazing by the resort pool
Bystanders including an off-duty firefighter, dentist and doctor, tried for 35 minutes to save her life – but the young woman was in cardiac arrest.
A helicopter was originally called from nearby Townsville to take her to hospital, but was stood down when experts realised the severity of her injuries.
Police said alcohol was not a factor. The investigation is ongoing.
In a tragic video posted on Instagram before her death, Mr Morgan is seen driving the buggy to the couple’s lavish oceanside resort as his wife films the scenery from the passenger’s seat.
‘Good morning alright,’ the caption reads, before the camera pans across the holiday isle’s stunning layered pools lining the rooms, overlooking the beach.
Another clip shows the couple walking across the tarmac as they excitedly board their Qantas plane to Queensland and the interior of their plush resort room once they had arrived.
Mr Morgan previously broke his silence to Daily Mail Australia, announcing that he would be starting a charity in Ms Morgan’s honour, in a final act of love.
The happy couple pose for a photo on their honeymoon in Queensland’s Whitsundays
The newly weds enjoyed a helicopter tour together as one of their recreational activities on the holiday island
The loved-up couple smiled as they posed for a selfie as they enjoyed holiday up north
‘She was always our angel, now she is with God in the kingdom of heaven,’ he said.
‘We will all miss her forever.’
He said he will name the charity after her – the Marina Morgan Foundation.
The nature of the foundation’s charitable mission remains unclear, but Mr Morgan pledged to reveal more after his wife’s funeral.
The couple initially planned to get married on July 24, 2021, but lockdowns and venue capacity limits during the pandemic forced the couple to change the date to June 11, 2022 – also pushing back the date of their honeymoon to Hamilton Island.
Unbeknown to them, the change of plans was a life or death decision.
On July 24 last year – the day they were supposed to get married – a friend wrote a comment on Mr Morgan’s Facebook page: ‘Thinking of you and Marina today. It should have been your very special day.’
The pair finally got married at Mrs Morgan’s family’s church on June 11 – 10 days before the tragedy.