‘Great man’ will be missed
Family and friends mourn the death of loving father, Alan Gary Purdy
CORDALBA was the scene of a horrific crash which took the life of a 51-year-old Bundaberg man last week.
Dad-of-four Alan Gary Purdy was killed when his motorbike left Childers Rd and smashed into trees at Cordalba on Wednesday, at about 1.15pm.
He was heading to Bundaberg from Apple Tree Creek when it happened.
Mr Purdy’s devastated family is still trying to get their heads around losing the head of their family, their “hero”.
“I know you’re looking down on me now Dad because I’ve always looked up to you. Rest in Paradise, sir,” son Dylan said.
Dylan, 17, said his dad was his “inspiration, idol and hero”.
“Alan Gary Purdy was, no is, the best man I’ve ever met in this world,” he said.
“He was a great man, usually keeping to himself but always had a smile on his face and always laughing.”
Mr Purdy was an underground coal miner at the North Goonyella Mines, about 160km west of Mackay.
“He was a hard worker, away from home but when he was here, he always made the most of it with us kids and Mum,” Dylan said.
Pictures of Mr Purdy and his fiancée, Karen Stoker, in happier times show a couple who enjoyed motorbike riding and lived for their kids – Summer, 24, Matt, 23, Dylan, 17, and Levi, 12.
“I feel numb and sick. I miss you so much Alan Purdy,” Matt said.
“You are the best dad and taught me everything I know.
“You gave me my love for reading books and taught me what a good relationship is about.
“You loved Mum and us kids every day and were my best friend, the only bloke I really got along with.”
Matt said his “heart is broken”.
“Rest peacefully Dad, I’ll miss you every day,” he said.
Bundaberg police traffic branch officer-in-charge Sergeant Marty Arnold said Mr Purdy was in the company of another rider, who was riding ahead of him.
“We are investigating whether speed was a factor in the crash,” he said.
TRAGIC DEATH: Childers police Senior Constable Grant Klaassen surveys the damaged motorcycle after a crash on the Isis Hwy claimed the life of Alan Purdy.