Son’s memory

Rodney Bridge with daughter Aimee at the cafe named in his son’s honour. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d412949
Rodney Bridge with daughter Aimee at the cafe named in his son’s honour. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d412949

Preston Bridge (16) died after consuming synthetic LSD supplied to him by a friend while celebrating his school ball after-party in February.

After consuming the drug, the Churchlands Senior High School student fell from a balcony in Scarborough.

The tragedy brought heartbreak to Preston’s friends and family, but Rodney said he wanted his son’s legacy to live on.

Rodney, who described Preston as his best mate, said his son loved food and was very artistic, with the family-run business reflecting that.

‘We used images from his scrapbook and transferred them on to the wall so there was part of him in the cafe,’ he said.

‘He would be looking down pretty chuffed, especially because the cafe is named after him.

‘The idea behind the cafe was to bring good food and good coffee at good prices to the area.

‘I had been working on the cafe for more than a year, so before Preston died, but since he passed, I decided to name it after him.

‘Having the cafe gave me and the rest of the family something to focus on.’