THERE will be a special service for Jason Griffiths at the Narooma Kinema this Sunday including the dedication of Cinema 2 in his memory.
The search for Jason, 40, ended tragically when his body was found by police last Wednesday.
He was found outside the Narooma area and police say there were no suspicious circumstances. He was reported missing the previous Sunday sparking a state-wide search.
Jason is the son of John and Janette Griffiths of the Narooma Kinema where he was a fixture operating the cinema on a daily basis.
John said due to tremendous support from staff the Kinema has stayed open as normal.
Jason's memorial service will be held on Thursday at 11am at Castlebrooke Memorial Park at Rouse Hill in Sydney as per his wishes.
"Although Jason was unwell for the last couple of years he gave so much of his time and energy to us and the Kinema to make it what it is today - he was computer whiz, loved his projection room, loved the old style of the cinema and one of his first goals was to fix the beautiful cinema curtain so it would finally operate, and he also installed replicas of the art deco lights,” John and Janette said.
“In 2009 his major project was Cinema 2 - it was a good time and had lots of fun with our young staff - gold leafing, painting and building. Without Jason the Kinema wouldn't be what it is today - we will miss him.”
The community is invited to attend a special ceremony this Sunday at 1pm where the Griffiths family will be proud to dedicate Cinema 2 in his memory.
The ceremony will be a chance to celebrate his life and will continue afterwards at O'Brien’s Hotel.
“We will miss you, my daddy, our son, my brother.”
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking people to make a small donation to Neuroscience Research Australia via the website http://www.neura.edu.au/content/donate and mention “For Jason” in the comments.
Donations will go directly to further research into schizophrenia.
Anyone seeking assistance in times of difficulty can seek help through organisations such as Lifeline on
The new upgraded Beyond Blue support service will operate 24/7 over the Christmas/New Year period to support people who feel they need help coping.
The festive season can be a time of loneliness, financial pressure or family stress for many people.
The support service can be contacted by phone 1300 22 4636 or via the Beyond Blue website at www.beyondblue.org.au where people can email or chat online to trained mental health professionals.