Cole Miller's funeral service will be held in St Stephen's Cathedral next Thursday
Cole Miller's funeral service will be held in St Stephen's Cathedral next Thursday Photo: Facebook

Cole Miller to be mourned at Brisbane cathedral funeral

BRISBANE'S St Stephen's Cathedral is expected to be overflowing with mourners for the funeral of teenage assault victim Cole Miller.

The 18-year-old will be farewelled in a service at 10am next Wednesday, January 13.

Busloads of mourners, including young members of the water polo and surf life saving communities, are expected to make the trip to Brisbane, where a wake is planned for Brisbane City Hall.

Mooloolaba Surf Club president Dave Jewry said the club planned to have a large contingent at Cole's funeral but plans were still being finalised.

"We will be represented in force," he said.

"We will be looking at providing transport down because a lot of the young blokes who grew up with Cole will want to go."

A long-time friend of the Miller family, Mr Jewry said the club had been "shattered" by Cole's death after an alleged coward punch attack in Fortitude Valley.

 "I haven't seen Cole personally for five or six years but Steve's company built my house and I remember Cole coming in and sitting in the cardboard boxes while Steve and I discussed plans," he said.

"That was 12 years ago.

"So I've known the family personally and through the club for many years."

Mooloolaba Surf Club would throw its support behind anti-violence campaigns to honour Cole, he said.

"I think the biggest thing to come out of Cole's death - the one positive thing - is that people are getting behind the campaign against this one-punch stupidity.

"That could be the greatest good to come out of it.

"At some point we have to change the culture and we, as a club, want to do something constructive to help make that happen."

Water polo teams across Australia have announced they will play without number 10 caps this weekend as a mark of respect to Cole.

Scheduled matches for the 18-year-old's Brisbane Barracudas club, along with the Queensland Breakers, have also been postponed.

Water Polo Australia CEO Chris Harrison announced other clubs across the country would also observe a minute's silence before their matches.

"There is not one person in the water polo community who hasn't been hit hard by the tragic news of Cole's senseless death," Mr Harrison said.

"This weekend's one minute's silence and removal of the No.10 caps, Cole's cap, are just small ways for the NWPL to further demonstrate their support for the Millers and the Barracudas."

Cole's older brother Billy, who represented Australia in water polo at the 2012 London Olympics, joined friends and family at a memorial service on Wednesday at the Fortitude Valley site where he was attacked.

A makeshift shrine to the teenager has been established there following his death.

Armstrong Renata and Daniel Maxwell have both been charged with unlawful striking causing death, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.  


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