People from across the province took time yesterday to remember the life of Nevaeh Denine, who lost her battle with cancer on Monday.
Crowds, believed to be in the thousands, lined the streets of the Goulds on Thursday afternoon, as they paid their final respects for the nine-year-old champion of cancer charities. The community was awash in Nevaeh’s signature colours of purple and yellow as residents stood by those affected by her passing.
On special request, people attended her funeral at St. Kevin’s Parish in all manners of vehicles, including classic cars, transport trucks and trailers.
Homes in the Goulds and and scattered throughout the province were decorated with purple and yellow decorations as a show of support.
Tanya Williams, who lives in the Goulds, created a memorial on the sidewalk across from the funeral service yesterday. She says it’s part of the larger tribute to the little girl who inspired so many.
Williams wiped away tears as she reflected on the impact Nevaeh made with her Lemonade Stands for other children fighting cancer, like her.
She felt compelled to set up a temporary memorial of children’s toys as a tribute to a little one who was taken too soon.
Williams believes Nevaeh’s message will stand the test of time. She says she can feel the love from her community and she knows Nevaeh’s legacy will live on.
Following the funeral, a special motorcade filled the community.
An estimated 240 bikes toured the area, before the group of motorcyclists stopped in front of Nevaeh’s home to share their support for her family.
Governments Illuminate for Nevaeh
Provincial and municipal governments also paid their respects.
The Confederation Building and St. John’s City Hall were bathed in yellow light, in recognition of Nevaeh and the legacy she leaves behind. While the St. John’s Convention Centre alternated between purple and yellow.