After losing his eldest son, Samuel Symons, to an aggressive brain tumour earlier this month, Red Symons has paid a tearful tribute to his “beautiful son” on 3AW this morning.
“Samuel, I have always loved you, I will always love you, I shall always have you,” Symons shared with listeners – who he also thanked later in the program for their “overwhelming support”.
The radio personality and his wife Elly learnt of their son’s diagnosis when Samuel was just four.
“He was remarkable in his own way in that at four years old, you sort of come to terms with the fact that he’s not going to be here,” Symons said this morning.
“Twenty years later, he’s got a master’s degree. He was the most qualified person in the family.”
He went on to describe a conversation about death he had with Samuel just weeks before his passing.
“I asked him, ‘how do you feel about death?’,” Symons said.
“He said ‘I don’t worry about death because it’s been part of my life’.”
On 3AW earlier this month, the radio show on which Red Symons is a regular, Neil Mitchell read out a statement from the Symons family.
“It is with the deepest sadness Red announces the passing of his beautiful son, Samuel Symons,” it read.
“Samuel passed peacefully overnight surrounded by his family. We ask that you please respect the privacy of Red and his family at this very sad and difficult time.”
While Symons was private about his son’s experience with cancer for many years, he appeared on Australian Story in February 2010 to tell Samuel’s story.