Frederick and Dee De Niet are surrounded by an adoring family and live a beautiful life amongst the idyllic postcard backdrop of the Barossa Valley, but life has not always been kind to this loving couple.
In 1998, Fred and Dee tragically lost their 23-year-old son in a car accident. This was an unimaginable loss to bear but together alongside their two daughters and son they have endured. Their late son, Ben continues to live on within the names of their doting grandchildren and great grandchildren and the beautiful daughter he left behind.
“To us he is always with us. He might not be here physically, but we feel his presence. His name lives on in our grandchildren and there will always be that sense he’s looking over us,” Dee said.
Since that time they have remained a close-knit family living within 10 minutes of one another. Some years later Fred and Dee’s youngest daughter, Chantal was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32 and continues to remain on hormone treatment. This was another challenging time for the family but Fred and Dee and their children continued to support Chantal and her own young family through her treatment. Their daughter’s cancer diagnosis was an all too familiar experience with Fred having lost a brother to leukaemia and his father to lung cancer.