A young Australian backpacker shot dead with his girlfriend on a Canadian highway had 'met the love of his life and was at his happiest', his memorial service has heard.
The father of Lucas Fowler, 23, on Friday delivered a moving eulogy as hundreds of mourners gathered to say goodbye to the young man at a church in Sydney's north.
NSW Police Chief Inspector Stephen Fowler refused to mention the horrible fate that had befallen his son and his American girlfriend, Chynna Deese, 24.
Instead, a wry Mr Fowler focused on the young couple's joyful love affair, and spoke admiringly of his son's achievements in life - most of all, Ms Deese.
'(A Canadian ranch owner) said that every now and then she'd look up and see Chynna had walked over to Lucas and given him a hug or just a look,' Mr Fowler said.
'They were full of happiness and joy just being together.'
The front page of the order of service for Lucas Robertson Fowler, who was laid to rest today
A photo of Mr Fowler - the youngest of four siblings - as a toddler was displayed in the booklet
NSW Police chief inspector Stephen Fowler and wife Shanaugh at the memorial service on Friday
A composed and reflective Mr Fowler praised his son, an apprentice mechanic, for turning his dream of travelling around the world into reality.
He met his girlfriend Chynna in Croatia but kept it from his parents for some time - largely because his mother had warned him not to run off with 'foreign girls'.
Tragically, the family never met Chynna in person, but that didn't stop them from bringing her into the clan.
'The day she stole Lucas's heart she became part of her family,' Mr Fowler said. 'We were so happy he had met a life partner'.