The friends and family of a ‘perfect’ couple who died in a tragic car accident while celebrating their anniversary have revealed the parents-of-four were on ‘cloud nine’ when they were killed, having just bought their first family home.
James and Sabine Mather, age 36 and 31, had been camping south of Perth with another couple over the October 31 weekend to celebrate their seventh year together.
They left a day before their friends on November 1 to pick their sons Jethro, age seven, and Isaac, age five, from their grandparent’s place when their Skoda Yeti collided with a Toyota LandCruiser at an intersection in Capel just after 1pm.
Mrs Mather’s cousin Fabienne Mckirdy told Daily Mail Australia the adventurous couple had big renovation plans for their new home that would have been shared with Mr Mather’s daughters from his first marriage and their now-orphaned boys.
Pictured: James and Sabine Mather with their sons Jethro, age seven, and Isaac, age five
James and Sabine died when their Skoda Yeti collided with a Toyota LandCruiser at an intersection in Capel just after 1pm on November 1
Pictured: Sabine (top centre) and James (bottom left) with her mother (top left), father (bottom centre) and other family members
‘They just bought a house and so excited about it,’ Ms Mckirdy said.
‘Sabine and James loved swimming and it had a pool – they were on cloud nine when all this happened, and I guess that’s the silver lining.’
Mrs Mather’s parents, who are in their 60s, have been forced to abandon their retirement plans to raise the Jethro and Isaac, while the Mr Mather’s daughters Ella-Jade, 13, and Sofia, 15, will live with their mother full time.
‘The boys were devastated – they still are. They’re so little so I think they don’t really quite get it – sometimes they’re giggling together and then they act weepy, and I think they don’t understand how they’re feeling’ Ms Mckirdy said.
Mr Mather’s best friend Tim Hughes was too devastated to speak for days after hearing the shocking news.
Pictured: James and Sabine Mather with their young children, who are now orphans
James and Sabine Mather were excited to live in their first family home, which had a pool
Mrs Mather’s parents, who are in their 60s, have been forced to abandon their retirement plans to raise the Jethro and Isaac, while the Mr Mather’s daughters Ella-Jade, 13, and Sofia, 15, will live with their mother full time
Mr Hughes recalled playing with his lifelong friend as young children, going to concerts as teenagers and renting houses together for years as adults.
‘When we both got married we were the best man at each other’s weddings,’ he said.
‘We would play pool and darts, and we were scuba diving buddies, our kids would hang out together after school.’
On Thursday, Mr Hughes’ wife Sally said he visited a park in Fremantle where they used to rollerblade together at as young children, and broke down.
‘I was looking forward to a time when both our kids’ were all grown up and could play pool together and we could be old men reflecting on our lives and achievements, and I’m so sad that dream can’t come true,’ he shared.
On Thursday, Mr Hughes’ wife Sally said he visited a park in Fremantle where they used to rollerblade together at as young children, and broke down (pictured)
Mr Hughes (right) recalled playing with his lifelong friend (middle, next to Sabine) as young children, going to concerts as teenagers and renting houses together for years as adults
Mr Hughes (right) was looking forward to growing old with Mr Mather (left) and watching their children grow up
Ms Mckirdy described the couple as generous people and amazing parents.
‘They were the kind of parents who you would watch and think, “I need to remember to do that with my own kids”.’
‘I think they’ve been described as “the perfect couple” by so many people they would go onto a dance floor and start laughing and dancing together – they didn’t care if there was no one else dancing, and he was so chivalrous with her.’
In a statement seen by Daily Mail Australia, the family said the parents ‘lived for their children’.
Ms Mckirdy described the couple (pictured) as generous people and amazing parents
To help Sabine’s parents and Mr Mather’s girls’ mother take care of the children, the family set up a Go Fund Me page
‘Sabine and Jim lived a life that can only be described as ‘full of laughter, of family, of moments, of presence, and adventure.
‘Kids in tow, they would show up for everything no matter the journey.’
To help Sabine’s parents and Mr Mather’s girls’ mother take care of the children, the family set up a Go Fund Me page.
‘The family would like to thank the first responders to the accident. Our thoughts at this time are also with the other couple who were badly injured.’
WA Police said the 77-year-old male driver of the Toyota LandCruiser was taken to Bunbury Regional Hospital by paramedics.
‘His female passenger was flown to Royal Perth Hospital by the RAC Rescue helicopter,’ police said.
Anyone with information about the crash has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers.