Brittany was 'just beautiful inside and out'

Brittany's parents Lisa and Peter Goss, of Sidmouth, and sister Taylar Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS
Brittany's parents Lisa and Peter Goss, of Sidmouth, and sister Taylar Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

Brittany Goss ``loved being loved and loved to love back''. 

The 15-year-old Sidmouth schoolgirl was killed in a freak road accident in July on the West Tamar Highway. 

Her parents Peter and Lisa and younger sister Taylar maintain a level of stoicism that's incredible given the tragic circumstances. 

Brittany was struck crossing the road as she got off a bus  just metres from her waiting father. 

Literally hundreds of sympathy cards fill their house. Like the 800 mourners at her funeral, the cards are a testament to area's tight knit community and Brittany's connection to it.  

 ``You don't really know, until something like this happens, just how many people she touched,'' Mr Goss said yesterday.

They recall a story which tells plenty about their daughter.

On one of their many trips to Thailand the family arrives announced at a children's home. 

Its tenants are all children whose mothers, many of them HIV infected, are incarcerated in the prison next door. 

As the young Thais slept Brittany and Taylar  distributed bags of toys brought from home on the children's beds. 

When the young children woke up their ``eyes were as big a plates'' Mr Goss said.

``She' was just beautiful inside and out,'' his wife says.

Brittany had dreams of working on stage.

``She had the ability to do whatever she wanted but in her heart - acting dancing, singing she just had it,' Mrs Goss said. 

``But she was taken just as her life was beginning ... it's shattering. ''

The family says they can't thank enough those who stopped and helped at the scene including an off-duty nurse, with three young children in the car, who tried to resuscitate Brittany for 20 minutes.

Tasmania Police and paramedics - ``what they did was above and beyond''.

``They treated all of us not only with respect but Brittany with dignity as well,'' Mrs Goss said. 


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