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Family says goodbye to baby boy

By Daily Herald - | Jan 4, 2012
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Family, friends, and well wishers release balloons at the graveside service for 18-month-old Colum Pack at the American Fork Cemetery Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. MARK JOHNSTON/Daily Herald

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Kevin Davis, uncle of Colum Pack, kneels at the grave of his nephew as family, friends and a community gathered to say goodbye to the 18-month-old boy during a service at the American Fork Cemetery Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. MARK JOHNSTON/Daily Herald

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Pallbearers carry the casket of Colum Pack to a gravesite during a service at the American Fork Cemetery Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. MARK JOHNSTON/Daily Herald

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Toys rest at the gravesite of Colum Pack, placed during a service at the American Fork Cemetery Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. MARK JOHNSTON/Daily Herald

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Family, friends, and well wishers gather at the graveside service for 18-month-old Colum Pack at the American Fork Cemetery Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. MARK JOHNSTON/Daily Herald

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Family, friends, and well wishers release balloons at the graveside service for 18-month-old Colum Pack at the American Fork Cemetery Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. MARK JOHNSTON/Daily Herald

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Kaye Jacob, standing with her husband Jerry Jacob, grieves at the graveside service for their grandson Colum Pack at the American Fork Cemetery Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. Kaye Jacob held two cell phones linking the service to the boy's parents Kelly and Ryan Pack who are still recovering in hospital. MARK JOHNSTON/Daily Herald

A crowd of white balloons floated into clear blue sky from the American Fork Cemetery as family, friends and well-wishers said farewell to 18-month-old Colum Jacob Pack during a graveside service on Tuesday.

Family members had risen early that morning to fill the balloons and place notes regarding their lost relative inside each one. After a prayer dedicating the grave, the crowd released them into the sky to end the service.

“It was really good closure for us … symbolic of him going to heaven,” Jerry Jacob, Colum Pack’s grandfather, said.

As Jacob’s wife, Kaye Jacob, spoke at the gravesite she held two cell phones linking the service to their daughter Kelly Pack and son-in-law Ryan Pack. Both are at University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, still recovering from injuries suffered in the Christmas Eve car accident that killed Colum and injured his 3-year-old brother Finn, who has been released from the hospital. Colum Pack died on Christmas Day.

A memorial service was held at the hospital on Monday.

“The nurses were absolute angels for us. They can’t be thanked enough,” Jerry Jacob said.

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