Miranda Kerr's emotional tribute to late grandfather: 'Our rock'

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
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Miranda Kerr has bid an emotional farewell to her late grandfather Peter, who she referred to as "our rock".

Peter passed away last week following what is believed to be a battle with cancer.

Miranda Kerr poses in a black patterned dress
Miranda Kerr has bid an emotional farewell to her late grandfather Peter, who she referred to as "our rock". Photo: Getty

"Today we laid my grandfather’s body to rest but his spirit will continue to live through our family and all those he loved," the LA-based model wrote on Instagram.

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"One of my favourite recent memories with my Pa was listening to Glenn Miller, enjoying the sunshine on our backs and smelling the gardenia from our garden that Hart had picked for us.

"It was truly a heavenly moment. One that’s hard to put into words. Quite like my feelings right now. He had defied the odds and lived longer than the doctors had expected."

Miranda Kerr with brother Matt and grandfather Peter
Miranda and her brother Matt both shared their own tributes and photos following the passing of their grandfather. Photo: Instagram/mattykerr26

She continued, "And even though we all knew that his time on this earth was coming to an end it didn’t make his passing any easier. He was our rock, a gentle yet strong man who had tremendous faith and a kind heart.

"I love you Pa... You can rest knowing Nan is surrounded by so much love and support."

Renee Bargh shared her sympathies, commenting: "Thinking of you and your family honey. Grandparents truly are the heart of the family."

Model Jasmine Tookes added: "My prayers and love are with your beautiful family.

Childhood photo of Miranda Kerr and grandfather Peter
Miranda shared her most recent favourite moment with her grandfather, describing it as a "heavenly moment". Photo: Instagram/Miranda Kerr

Kate Bosworth wrote: "Gardenia is the flower I associate with my grandma, sending love to you."

Steve Cordony said: "Sending you all my love and all the sunflowers and gardenias in the world."

Miranda's brother Matt also shared a series of photos of their grandfather with the caption: "RIP Paapy do! We love you. Xx."

The model had spent several months of the past year in the Hunter Valley in order to be closer to her family, as her grandfather's health declined according to the Daily Telegraph.

Peter Kerr with wife Ann
Peter, pictured with wife Ann, passed away last week following what is believed to be a battle with cancer. Photo: Instagram/Miranda Kerr

Peter's wife Ann Kerr had previously told the publication her secret to their more than 60 years of marriage after the pair lost their home to a fire in 2011.

She explained that holding hands, lots of kisses and always telling each other "I love you" was the key to their success.

"When our house burned down, we would go to bed at night not knowing what would happen," she said. "But Peter would pick up my hand and kiss every finger and say, 'we’ve lost everything, but we’ve still got each other'."

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