The daughter of much-loved TV presenter Erin Jayne Plummer has delivered a heartbreaking tribute at her mother’s funeral today.
Erin, 42, who was best known for her regular appearances on morning television, left behind a large family including her husband and three daughters but touched the lives of countless others.
On Thursday, those who knew her gathered at the Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and the Dee Why RSL on Sydney’s northern beaches where Erin lived with her family.
A livestream of the service was broadcast to the RSL to accommodate those unable to attend the funeral in person.
A number of Erin’s immediate family members spoke of the bubbly, loud, enthusiastic, loving person she was — someone who dedicated her life to making others happy and who never entered a room without making it brighter.
Her daughters stole the show.
Erin’s daughters delivers heartbreaking tributes
The ceremony for Erin began with her middle daughter performing a touching rendition of landslide by Fleetwood Mac. At the end of the service she struggled through tears to complete a rendition of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.
An intricately decorated coffin with flowers sat next to a large portrait of Erin’s smiling face.
Erin’s oldest daughter told mourners that she was still coming to grips with her mother’s death.
“Each day that passes I still don’t believe that she’s gone,” the 15-year-old said.
“That a family of three girls will grow up without our mum. This is the thought I can’t seem to get over.
“Mum was loved by everyone. She was selfless and gave her everything to take my sisters and I to 40 activities each week.
“She brought so much light to the world that we didn’t realize her heart was in so much pain.”
The teenager spoke about the loss of not having her mum to walk her down the aisle or meet her future children.
“Mum, I hope heaven treats you better than we ever could,” she said. “She’s not ours anymore but we are hers from her forever.”
Erin’s youngest daughter spoke later about her mum’s beautiful eyes and the things she loved doing with her mum most.
“My mom was the best person ever. I will always love you dearly mum,” she said.
“I can’t say much because she was so awesome and amazing. You were the key of the whole galaxy and world and all of the country to me.
“My favorite three things I liked doing with mum was going on a morning walk, having lots of hugs and kisses and cooking because once we were cooking and I spilled flour all over the table and I didn’t get in trouble.
“Me and my mum are such a great team. Her beautiful eyes of her shimmering in the sun was always so cool.
“I will never ever forget about my mom. I love her so much that I am even crying at my school.”
Mum reveals Erin’s sweet moment with young Prince Harry
Erin’s mother spoke to mourners about her daughter’s sparkling personality and the way she loved her daughters with “every fiber of her being and every beat of her heart”.
But she said she reached out to everybody, whether she knew them or not, and had a way of connecting with perfect strangers.
“From down-and-out people to Prince Harry, who was delightfully entertained by our Erin when she was 17.”
Erin’s mum said that a young Prince Harry was visiting Sydney from the UK when he stumbled upon the teen in Circular Quay. Erin instantly began performing magic tricks for the young royal.
“Harry was captivated,” Erin’s mother said, before adding, “much to the dismay of his minders.”
“When Erin walked into a room it was as if 20 more light bulbs were switched on,” she said.
“To our precious darling daughter Erin… thank you for your unconditional love for us and for everything you have done for us.
“You gave it your best. Can’t ask for more than that. Until we meet again… on this side or the other side of the vale, we love you with all our heart and soul.”
Erin’s father said his daughter’s “star began to shine” from a very young age.
He ran through the long list of skills and talents Erin had, in sports and elsewhere, that kept the family busy for decades.
Her dad said she was a bundle of energy that never stopped.
“I’ll miss her running in and out of home,” he said.
“She’d run in the door, you listened, she talked. Ella she’d grab a pickled onion out of the fridge every day, and say, ‘see ya, dad’.
“They used to say she could talk under water with a mouth full of marbles.
“Erin was loud. Look at all the photos and try to find one where her mouth was closed.
It was a familiar theme — Erin’s cousin described her as a “pocket rocket with no off switch”.
Erin’s husband Alan told those gathered that his daughters will carry out their mother’s legacy.
He said he will “never forget our first meeting” — one he said happened when Erin deliberately bumped into him in a crowd and played it off as an accident.
“To me and the girls you weren’t just a TV presenter, you were the best TV presenter,” he said. “I’ll never forget your selfless devotion to our three angels. Since you’ve left us there are some things I want you to know.
“I want you to know we’ve had the mattresses laid out together and we’ve all been sleeping together.
“I wanted you to know how I see your legacy living on forever through our three angels.
“I hope you’re in heaven forever, eating your red frogs.”
‘Lost a little bit of sparkle’
The ceremony followed a less formal mourning as friends and family gathered at Freshwater Beach after Erin’s death in late May.
Dozens of people were seen standing together on the sand as the sun rose, with attendees encouraged to bring “red frogs and a cup of cheap coffee from the BP” — both things she loved.
The Freshwater Surf Club Chaplain was also in attendance to offer support and comfort to “anyone who needs it”.
Erin, who was known for her advertorials on TVSN, also appeared regularly on both Today Extra and Studio 10.
Studio 10 hosts Sarah Harris and Angela Bishop announced their fellow presenter’s death in heartbreaking tributes that were played in part at her funeral.
She was described as a “gorgeous human inside and out” by Harris, who told viewers that the program had “lost a little bit of sparkle” in the wake of her death.
“Over the weekend, Studio 10 lost a little bit of sparkle with our friend and advertorial host Erin Jayne passing away suddenly,” Harris said.
“For two decades, Erin Jayne has been a friendly and familiar face on Australian television, for a lot of that she’s been brightening up our mornings with her bubbly personality and megawatt smile.
“Erin was just a gorgeous human inside and out and if it wasn’t for TV, Erin Jayne perhaps might have had a sporting career.
“She represented Australia in synchronized swimming and even surf life saving.
“There is no question Erin Jayne was a high achiever and certainly a gold medal mum to her three young girls. We’ll miss your sunshine around the studio Erin Jayne, and all of us here are sending lots of love and strength to her family de ella. ”
‘Much love to her husband and children’
Erin had a degree in journalism and previously worked as an editor at Horwitz magazines. During the 2000 Olympics she was the Press Information Specialist for the Sydney Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games at the Aquatic Centre.
As an athlete she represented Australia in surf life saving and synchronized swimming.
Today Extra hosts David Campbell and Sylvia Jeffreys also paid tribute to their colleague.
“For those of you who have been watching our show for many years, you would recognize longtime advertorial presenter Erin Jayne Plummer,” Campbell said.
“Sadly, we heard the news yesterday that Erin Jayne had passed away, and she was just a beautiful person and a friend to many of our colleagues here at Today Extra. We just want to send our thoughts of her to her family and friends of her and show them some love and support at this really, really sad time. ”
A visibly emotional Jeffreys added, “Much love to her husband and children, and may she now rest in peace.”
Friends have been paying tribute to Plummer on Facebook, sharing photos and precious memories.
“This group has been created to share our beautiful memories of an angel lost too soon. Our hearts have all been touched by Erin Jayne’s relentless passion and energy, so feel posted free to post photos, share stories or simply be connected,” the page’s organizer.