A YOUNG Katherine man who was tragically killed when the motorbike he was riding smashed into a car on Florina Road on Wednesday will be missed sadly by his family and friends, his fiancee, their 10-month-old baby son, and the entire community of Katherine.
Born and bred Katherinite Mitch Jones will be remembered as a “cheeky little thing with an infectious smile”, his mother, Sue Jones said.
“He loved life, and he loved his family and his son. He was so full of energy, nothing was too hard for him,” she said.
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“He was scared of nothing, he made people laugh and his cheeky smile was to die for.
“He was such a lovable kid - if I was sick he’d look after me, but he never wanted anyone to see that he was a softy at heart.
“He called me Mother Duck.”
Sue, her husband Randall and Mitch’s brother Garth are reeling to come to terms with the loss of the 25-year-old.
“He’d always give anything a go; he’d always give 110 per cent,” his dad said.
“He always wanted to do things better and faster than others and he loved his fishing and his sport, rodeos, pig catching.
“He could do anything. He loved to work machinery and drive excavators, trucks and loaders.
“When I last spoke to him he said ‘Dad, I’ll cook tea on the wood stove for you’ - that was the last thing he said to me.
“He was a fun-loving boy who lived life to the fullest.”
And Garth said he would always remember his brother for his ‘go hard or go home’ attitude.
“He was tough as nails.
“He went to work with broken ribs and he’d always be the first to arrive at a party and the last to leave.
“We did everything together, he was always there .”
The 31-year-old said the brothers had planned to go to Bali together in a few weeks.
“I wish we would have done it earlier.”
Mum Sue said the family had been overwhelmed by the support shown by people from the Katherine community and all over Australia.
“He had so much to give. The kid’s touched so many hearts.
“And he wanted so much for his son.
“He always wanted to make sure Jake would grow up with everything he needs.
“We’re now going to make sure he does.
“Mitchy has left a big piece of himself in Jake and we are grateful for that.”
The funeral will be held at St Paul’s Church - with a date still to be confirmed - and a commemorative plaque will be set up near the Phoenix Park turn off on Florina Road, 10km outside of Katherine, where the young man lost his life when his Honda CBR 600RR motorbike collided into the rear driver’s side of a ute.
“Our Mitchy boy was well and truly loved in this town,” his mum said in tears.
“Besides his family, his mates meant everything to him.
“Everyone’s just shattered.
“And we’ll all miss his cheeky smile.”