Art lover dad dies in fight ‘over 10 bucks’
GLADSTONE teenager Brianna Pidgeon-Howdle still hasn't come to the reality her father, John Howdle, is dead after a fight with his neighbour in Brisbane on Sunday.
Witnesses says the fight erupted when Mr Howdle asked Brent Seymore, the man now accused of the murder of Brianna's father, to return $10 he had been lent by Mr Howdle's girlfriend.
They heard Mr Howdle yelling for help during the fight; before the 50-year-old fell down a set of stairs and hit his head on a cement path.
He was transported to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a critical condition but died on Monday morning.
Mr Howdle's only child, 18-year-old Brianna, said, "Like us all of us, dad had his struggles, but he always fought through them".
Mr Howdle suffered with depression after losing his father at a young age, a situation Brianna now finds herself in after also losing her mother to cancer last year.
She said her father's death hadn't fully hit her yet and it was just "the other day we were joking on Facebook".
"It won't hit me fully until the funeral, or when I go to call him and he doesn't answer," she said.
"He was the kindest man I've ever met."
Brianna remembers going on adventures with notepads and pencils and drawing whatever they saw.
"We would sit there at the park sketching for ages even if it was our shoes," she said.
"My family didn't have much money when I was younger. However, dad and I would have the best fun on the lowest budget."
Mr Howdle took her to art galleries, museums and the movies.
They would ride the City Cat up and down the Brisbane River and stop for fish and chips.
"He was the wackiest person - in a good way - who loved abstract art, different genres of music and had the most open mind to experiencing new things. He taught me so many things," she said.
Brianna lived with her mother and moved from Brisbane to Biloela in 2007 and then to Gladstone in 2009.
Brianna's mother died from cancer last year while she was still in Year 12.
She stayed in her mother's house, but had to look after herself.
"I was the last dependent child of hers, so I was forced to be independent," she said.
"I'm grateful I had such an independent and strong-willed mother and father that brought me up.
"I was just so focused on finishing school I wasn't going to come that far to quit.
"He always loved me for who I am and was always supporting me even though we lived 600km apart.
"He always managed to make everyone laugh."
Brent Seymore will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on October 26.