Son’s tribute to mother Susan Cobham, who was killed by a falling tree on Sydney’s Northern Beaches
Her son described a former AstraZeneca lab technician who died when a tree fell on her during a freak storm as a “gentle and nurturing soul who helped anyone in need.”
When wild weather ripped through Sydney’s northern beaches on Sunday afternoon, Susan Cobham, 68, died and two others were rushed to the hospital.
Ms Cobham, a beloved grandmother and popular yoga teacher, was celebrating her neighborhood Christmas gathering near Narrabeen Surf Life Saving Club when a large storm struck, forcing her to return home.
Ms Cobham was walking back to her car when lightning struck a large pine tree, which then fell, crushing her and injuring two others.
Ms Cobham died at the scene, while a 71-year-old woman and a 19-year-old girl with spinal injuries are both in critical condition at Royal North Shore Hospital.
Her 69th birthday was only a day away.
Ben Porter, her bereft son, has written a heartbreaking tribute to his mother, who was ‘taken too soon.’
Mr Porter told the Daily Mail Australia that his mother was born in Uruguay and moved to Australia when she was in Year 12 more than 50 years ago.
She later relocated to the Northern Beaches, where she remained a popular member of the community for over 35 years.
‘Mum was 68 years old but fit and healthy, and she enjoyed walking, biking, kayaking, and playing with her grandkids, Josh and Milly,’ he said in a statement.
‘She was a gentle and nurturing soul who loved her grandkids, taught and practiced yoga, and gardened.’
‘She was taken from us far too soon by this freak accident; she was active in several community groups on the northern beaches and will be sorely missed.’
Mr Porter’s family expressed gratitude to bystanders and emergency personnel who rushed to his mother’s aid, as well as to those who have rallied around them as they cope with the tragedy.
‘We want to thank all of the first responders who tried to save her, including the Lifesavers, Ambulance, and police officers, as well as the community, family, and friends who have offered their support during this difficult time,’ he said.
Ms. Cobham worked as an analytical chemist and lab technician at AstraZeneca, which later produced the Oxford University Covid vaccine, and as a Shiatsu massage therapist, according to her LinkedIn profile.
She was a teacher as well…
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