news

Tom Meagher's beautiful tribute to his wife Jill, 2 years after her death.

Jill Meagher.

On the second anniversary of Jill Meagher’s death, her husband Tom has written a heartfelt tribute to her on his Facebook page.

In the post, published early Monday morning, Mr Meagher recalls the couple’s last moments together before Jill stepped out of their home on that fateful day — remembering the pink of her skin from the scalding shower and her lilting voice as she walked out of the home.

“When I left the apartment, I don’t remember looking back, all I remember is the sound of your voice singing, and fading slightly with each step I took, until it vanished,” Tom wrote in the post.

“You were a true original Jilly, a free soul, you were unashamedly you,” he wrote.

“I love you even more than you loved life.”

Irish national Jill Meagher, 29, moved with Tom to Australia in 2010 and started a job with the ABC in Melbourne.

She was raped and murdered while walking home from a bar in Brunswick, Melbourne on September 22, 2012.

This is Tom Meagher’s tribute to Jill in full:

Tom Meagher

Another year without you in the world Jill Meagher. I remember our last moments together two years ago this morning. You emerged from the bathroom beaming with Friday enthusiasm, wearing a towel that was wrapped so tightly around your head that it forced your eyes to slant upwards. Your skin was bright pink from your customary scalding-hot shower, and the edges of the towel left a white imprint on your forehead. When I left the apartment, I don’t remember looking back, all I remember is the sound of your voice singing, and fading slightly with each step I took, until it vanished.

Days like this make it all real; how you loved to irritate and surprise me, how much you loved to dance in your PJ’s spilling red wine all over the floor. I still find your to-do lists in old leather compendiums and exam results, notes, sketches, stories and characters in the pockets of old bags. I read your diary, and laugh at how funny you were, even when writing only to yourself. I still keep your clown make-up and your perfume. The bristles of your hairbrush are still blunted by the sheer volume of dark hair wrapped so tightly around it that they’re impossible to remove. I keep the thousands of photos you kept of the family and friends you loved so much. You were a true original Jilly, a free soul, you were unashamedly you. I love you even more than you loved life. xxx

Tom Meagher has previously written about violence against women, as reported in this post.

[post_snippet id=324408]