A son’s tribute to his 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.”
Wild weather ripped through Sydney’s northern beaches on Sunday afternoon, killing Susan Cobham, 68, and rushing two others to hospital.
Ms Cobham, a beloved grandmother and popular yoga teacher, was celebrating her neighborhood Christmas gathering near the Narrabeen Surf Life Saving Club when a large storm struck, forcing her to return home.
She was returning to her car when lightning struck a large pine tree, which fell, crushing Ms Cobham and injuring two others.
Ms Cobham died at the scene, while her 71-year-old friend and a 19-year-old girl with spinal injuries are both in critical condition at Royal North Shore Hospital.
Her 69th birthday was just around the corner.
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 but immigrated 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 but fit and healthy, and she loved walking, biking, and kayaking 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 far too soon by this freak accident; she was active in a number of community groups on the northern beaches and will be greatly missed.’
Mr Porter’s family expressed gratitude to bystanders and emergency personnel who came to his mother’s aid, as well as those who have rallied around them as they cope with the tragedy.
‘We would like to thank all those who were first on the scene, including Lifesavers, Ambulance, and police officers, as well as the community, family, and friends who have all 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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