Hundreds watch livestreamed funeral for shark attack victim

A 23-year-old wildlife worker who was killed in a shark attack earlier this month has been remembered as an outgoing young man with an enthusiasm for life like no other.

Hundreds watch livestreamed funeral for shark attack victim

A 23-year-old wildlife worker who was killed in a shark attack earlier this month has been remembered as an outgoing young man with an enthusiasm for life like no other.

Zach Robba was carrying out his "dream job" when he was fatally mauled by a shark in front of colleagues off the Great Barrier Reef on April 7.

His father Peter recalled how, as a "hyperactive toddler", Zach took an interest in everything related to the outdoors.

"From a young age he had an intense fascination with the natural world. He was always outside running around, climbing trees, collecting insects, picking up lizards and looking for frogs," he said.

"He always had a love with the water. He loved going to the beach, in fact, the first trip was before he could walk."

Peter said Zach's love of animals and the environment continued to grow as he got older, which led him to his first volunteering job with National Parks of Manly and ultimately his job as a Queensland Park and Wildlife ranger.

"People seem to remember that because of his enthusiasm for life, and his ability to enjoy the real simple things," he said.

"He actually kept a diary, which we since found out about, about little simple things like having a beer with his mates on Moreton Island as the sunset, or releasing crabs from a pot."

James, a close family friend, said Zach's spirit was guiding many of the decisions being made amid these challenging times.

"Even the way we we live our lives has changed, his influence, his passion, his ability to brighten the day and keep us all smiling will continue to shape the lives we lead, and the decisions we make," he said.

"I think he'd be bloody shocked to think that a lot of people will be applying a 'what would Zach do' mentality in situations we find ourselves in.

"If Zach has told me anything, it is that there should always be cheerfulness in adversity."

James said the last time his friends saw him he was on the job, "taking a smoko break" at Moreton Island.

"His passion, his enthusiasm and his love for the role and the environment he looked after was as clear as the water that day. He was well and truly in his element," James recalled.

"The word unique has been thrown around a lot when remembering Zach, and there's no word to better describe him."

Due to current coronavirus restrictions only ten people could physically attend Mr Robba's funeral at Iona college in Brisbane, but the celebration was livestreamed to hundreds.

"Zach is a unique person and in these unique times we need to find unique times to gather," the reverend said.

At its peak, 500 people were watching the proceedings.

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