Vanessa Tadros farewelled at emotional funeral after Sydney mum’s death in Sea World disaster

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Church bells tolled amid tears and anguish at the funeral of Sydney mother Vanessa Tadros, killed in a helicopter crash on the Gold Coast.

Family and friends held a funeral service at Saint John the Beloved in Mount Druitt to farewell Tadros, 36.

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She was one of four people killed when two helicopters collided and the chopper she was in crashed into a sandbar near Sea World on January 2.

Tadros’s 10-year-old son Nicholas, who was in one of the helicopters with his mother, woke from a coma on Sunday but remains in a critical condition.

Husband Simon’s eulogy was punctuated by silences as he held back tears in unison with hundreds of mourners at the Maronite Catholic church in Western Sydney.

Nicholas Tadros, aged 10, and his mother Vanessa Tadros were in a helicopter that collided with another helicopter. Credit: 7NEWS

“Vanessa was a special person. Her smile was infectious … she had a pure heart … every day we grew strong together. She was our protector,” he told the congregation.

“To my beautiful wife, I will always love you no matter what challenges face us. I know you’ll always be with me. Rest in peace, beautiful.”

But amid the anguish of farewelling his wife of 12 years, Tadros found space for lightness.

“If you knew my wife, she’d call me rude if I didn’t thank everybody, so thank you for coming.”

Simon Tadros, husband of helicopter crash victim Vanessa Tadros, is consoled during the service. Credit: Bianca De Marchi/AAP
Rita Jaja (centre), mother of Helicopter crash victim Vanessa Tadros, needed to be supported. Credit: Bianca De Marchi/AAP

Simon Tadros will travel to the Gold Coast on Monday afternoon to be with his son as he continues his slow recovery.

Pierre, a congregant in his 50s, told AAP that Tadros embodied the ideal of a loving family.

“We feel so much pain. Vanessa was so pure-hearted – simply the best and kindest,” he said

“Her mum is such a lovely lady who is so broken-hearted.”

Simon, Vanessa and Nicholas Tadros. Credit: Facebook

The service was conducted in Arabic and English by Coptic Orthodox and Lebanese Maronite priests.

Among those who came to pay their respect was Ranya, a woman in her 40s who grew up with the Tadros family.

“The whole family is humble and they have been such good support to each other amid this terrible tragedy,” she told AAP.

Vanessa Tadros has been farewelled at an emotional service. Credit: Bianca De Marchi/AAP

British couple Ron and Diane Hughes and pilot Ashley Jenkinson were also killed in the crash.

Jenkinson’s funeral was held on the Gold Coast on Friday.

Air Transport Safety Bureau investigators are not expected to complete their probe into the accident until September, 2024.

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