The TV star said goodbye to his three daughters

The daughter of much-loved TV presenter Erin Jayne Plummer paid a heartbreaking tribute at her mother’s funeral today.

Erin, 42, who was best known for her regular morning TV appearances, left behind a large family including her husband and three daughters, but touched the lives of countless others.

On Thursday, those who knew her gathered at the Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and the Dee Why RSL on Sydney’s northern beaches where Erin lived with her family.

A live stream from the service was broadcast to the RSL to accommodate those unable to attend the funeral in person.

A number of Erin’s immediate family members have spoken of the bubbly, loud, enthusiastic and loving person that she was – someone who dedicated her life to making others happy and who never walked into a room without making it brighter.

Her daughters stole the show.

Erin’s daughters pay heartbreaking tributes

The ceremony for Erin began with her second daughter performing a touching rendition of Landslide by Fleetwood Mac. At the end of the service, she struggled through tears to complete a rendition of Alleluia by Leonard Cohen.

An elaborately decorated casket with flowers sat next to a large portrait of Erin’s smiling face.

Erin’s eldest daughter has told mourners that she is still grappling with her mother’s death.

“With each passing day, I still don’t believe she’s gone,” the 15-year-old said.

“That a family of three girls will grow up without our mom. That’s the thought I can’t get over.

“Mom was loved by everyone. She was selfless and gave everything to take my sisters and I to 40 activities each week.

“She brought so much light to the world that we didn’t realize her heart was hurting so much.”

The teenager opened up about the loss of not having her mother to walk her down the aisle or meet her future children.

“Mom, I hope heaven treats you better than we ever could,” she said. “She is no longer ours but we are hers forever.”

Erin’s youngest daughter later spoke about her mother’s beautiful eyes and the things she loved doing with her mother the most.

“My mom was the best person ever. I will always love you dear mom,” she said.

“I can’t say much because she was so awesome and amazing. You were the key to the whole galaxy and the world and the whole country to me.

“My three favorite things I loved to do with mum were to take a morning walk, to have lots of hugs and kisses and to cook because once we were cooking I spilled some flour on the table and I had no trouble.

“My mom and I are such a great team. Her beautiful eyes twinkling in the sun were always so cool.

“I will never forget my mother. I love her so much that I even cry at my school.

Mum reveals Erin’s sweet moment with young Prince Harry

Erin’s mother spoke to mourners about her daughter’s bubbly personality and how she loved her daughters with “every fiber of her being and every beat of her heart”.

But she said she reaches out to everyone, whether she knows them or not, and has a way of connecting with complete strangers.

“From depressed people to Prince Harry, who was delightfully entertained by our Erin when she was 17.”

Erin’s mother said a young Prince Harry was visiting Sydney from the UK when he came across the teenager at Circular Quay. Erin immediately started performing magic tricks for the young royal.

“Harry was captivated,” Erin’s mother said, before adding, “much to the dismay of his assistants.”

“When Erin walked into a room, it was like 20 more light bulbs were on,” she said.

“To our precious darling daughter Erin…thank you for your unconditional love for us and for all you have done for us.

“You gave your best. I can’t ask for more than that. Until we meet again… on this side or the other side of the valley, we love you with all our heart and with all our soul.

Erin’s father said his daughter’s “star started to shine” from a young age.

He went through Erin’s long list of skills and talents, in sports and beyond, that kept the family busy for decades.

Her father said she was a bundle of energy that never stopped.

“I will miss her running in and out of the house,” he said.

“She would run out the door, you would listen, she would talk. She would take a pickled onion out of the fridge every day and say “see you soon, Dad”.

“They said she could talk underwater with a mouth full of marbles.

“Erin was loud. Look at all the photos and try to find one where his mouth was closed.

It was a familiar theme – Erin’s cousin described it as a “pocket rocket with no switch”.

Erin’s husband, Alan, told those gathered that his daughters would carry on their mother’s legacy.

He said he’ll “never forget our first meeting” – the one he says happened when Erin deliberately bumped into him in a crowd and dismissed it as an accident.

“For me and the girls, you weren’t just a TV presenter, you were the best TV presenter,” he said. “I will never forget your selfless devotion to our three angels. Since you left us, there are some things I want you to know.

“I want you to know that we arranged the mattresses together and we all slept together.

“I wanted you to know how I see your legacy living forever through our three angels.

“Hope you’re in heaven forever, eating your red frogs.”

“Lost a little sparkle”

The ceremony followed a less formal mourning as friends and family gather at Freshwater Beach after Erin’s death at the end of May.

Dozens of people were seen standing together on the sand as the sun rose, with attendees encouraged to bring ‘red frogs and a cup of cheap BP coffee’ – two things she liked.

The Freshwater Surf Club chaplain was also on hand to offer support and comfort to “anyone in need”.

Erin, who was known for her infomercials on TVSN, also appeared regularly on Today Extra and Studio 10.

Workshop 10 hosts Sarah Harris and Angela Bishop announced the death of their fellow presenter in heartbreaking tributes that were played in part at his funeral.

She was described as a “beautiful human inside and out” by Harris, who told viewers the show had “lost a bit of a shine” following her death.

“During the weekend, Workshop 10 lost some shine with our friend and infomercial host Erin Jayne passing away suddenly,” Harris said.

“For two decades Erin Jayne has been a friendly and familiar face on Australian television, for much of that she has brightened up our mornings with her bubbly personality and megawatt smile.

“Erin was just a beautiful human being inside and out and if not for television, Erin Jayne might have had a sporting career.

“She has represented Australia in synchronized swimming and even surf lifesaving.

“There is no doubt that Erin Jayne was a high achiever and certainly a gold medal winning mother to her three young daughters. Your sunshine around the Erin Jayne studio will be missed, and all of us here send lots of love and strength to his family.

“Lots of love to her husband and children”

Erin had a degree in journalism and previously worked as an editor for Horwitz magazines. During the 2000 Olympics, she was a press information specialist for the Sydney Olympics Organizing Committee at the Aquatics Centre.

As an athlete, she represented Australia in surf lifesaving and synchronized swimming.

extra today hosts David Campbell and Sylvia Jeffreys also paid tribute to their colleague.

“For those of you who have watched our show for many years, you would recognize longtime advertising anchor Erin Jayne Plummer,” Campbell said.

“Sadly we heard the news yesterday that Erin Jayne had passed away, and she was just a beautiful person and a friend to many of our colleagues here at extra today. We just want to send our thoughts to his family and friends and show them some love and support at this really, really sad time.

A visibly moved Jeffreys added, “Much love to her husband and children, and may she now rest in peace.”

Friends paid tribute to Plummer on Facebook, sharing photos and fond memories.

“This group was created to share our beautiful memories of an angel lost too soon. Our hearts have all been touched by Erin Jayne’s unrelenting passion and energy, so please post photos, share stories or just to be connected,” the page organizer said.

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