Family farewell David Petersen, who was shot by a policemen at Quakers Hill, at a funeral in Sydney’s west on Wednesday. Photo: Edwina Pickles Relatives and friends perform the haka outside David Petersen’s funeral on Wednesday. Photo: Edwina Pickles
David Petersen was a devoted father, great brother and a man’s man who never failed to make his family laugh.
But underneath it all, Mr Petersen struggled to find peace.
A week after Mr Petersen walked into Quakers Hill Police Station with a knife and was shot dead by police, his family have farewelled the New Zealand-born father-of-four.
His children remembered their father as a best friend who taught them how to swim, ride a bike and to love unconditionally.
“You only ever loved me and I am eternally grateful for everything,” Mr Petersen’s eldest daughter told the funeral service in Minchinbury on Wednesday.
“I pray to God that you are at peace.”
On Tuesday, January 19, Mr Petersen’s children received the news that their father had been shot dead in the foyer of the police station.
Mr Petersen, known affectionately as “Uncle Dave”, parked his car outside the Lalor Road station before he walked inside with a large knife and got into a confrontation with police.
He was shot once by a sergeant with 24 years’ experience in the force.
CPR attempts were made on the 45-year-old scaffolder, who lived on nearby Highfield Road, but he died soon after.
A friend of Mr Petersen’s partner, Lisa, told the service, which spilled out of the chapel doors, that David’s painful struggle was finally over.
“… and he may finally find the peace he fought so hard to find,” she said.
His brother, Alex Petersen, said he wished his sibling could see all the people who loved him.
He described him as a great brother, provider to his family and a “man’s man”.
His sister, Tina, wrote in a letter read out to the service that Mr Petersen always made her laugh.
“Now all I do is fight back tears,” she said.
“I never did tell you how much I love you and that’s because I thought we would grow old together.”
Friends and relatives performed a moving haka outside the Pine Grove Memorial Park chapel before the coffin was placed into the hearse.
Minister Ken Fischer said Mr Petersen’s family knew the events on January 19 were completely out of character for him.
He said the past few months had been particularly tough for Mr Petersen, as he battled various health issues, and his family.
“He longed for peace and a way out of his troubles,” he said.
The Homicide Squad is carrying out a critical incident investigation into the shooting.
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