THE heartbroken husband of a Griffith nurse tragically killed in a car accident last week has thanked the community for its outpouring of love and support.
Stanley Chisale’s wife Siphathisiwe “Pat” Ncube died on Monday, February 11 when the car she was driving hit a tree at Kamarah.
Her five-year-old son Jordan Chisale and 24-year-old friend Thelma Thindwa from Griffith were passengers in the car and had to be airlifted to Canberra Hospital.
Jordan has been released and is now with his father in Griffith, but Ms Thindwa is still recovering from her injuries in hospital.
Mr Chisale was due to return home to Griffith for good on Sunday after spending the last three years with his elderly mother in Zimbabwe following the death of his father.
He described his beautiful wife as “loving and caring” and said the support he, his son and Pat’s brother Bobby had been shown since her passing was “overwhelming”.
“I’d like to extend our sincerest gratitude for the support we have received,” he said.
“It has been very difficult for me. I last spoke to Pat on the Thursday before the accident and she was telling me I had to get things ready to come home.
“I lost my dad in 2010 so I had to go back to Zimbabwe, my mother is elderly. This is our home now. There is no question about it.”
Close friend Saved Sibanda helped set up the Siphatisiwe Ncube Funeral Fund last Friday at the Westpac Bank in Griffith. The total raised so far is $14,600.
“It was a surprise to me just how generous people are in this town,” Mr Sibanda said.
“You get to know the other aspect of people when something like this happens. This money will go a long way to helping. Besides the funeral it will help Stanley and Jordan.”
Ms Ncube’s family in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, have also contacted The Area News to deliver a message of heartfelt thanks.
“On behalf of our entire family we extend gratitude to the community at large of Griffith during the passing of our beloved daughter and sister Siphathisiwe ‘Pat’ Ncube,” Cousin Tasha Ncube said.
“A special thank you to Mr and Mrs Saved Sibanda for taking in Jordan and Bobby.
“We would also like to thank Mrs Buhle Sigola and the Zimbabwe Nurses Association. We also greatly thank every member of the local community and Australia-wide who contributed to the funds towards her burial.
“We are proud to know that she touched so many lives in her walk on earth. May God richly bless each and every one who assisted in any way.”
A funeral will be held for Pat Ncube on Monday, February 25 at 1pm at the Grace Christian Fellowship and afterwards at the Griffith Cemetery. Everyone is welcome to attend.