‘Great man’ will be missed

Fam­ily and friends mourn the death of lov­ing fa­ther, Alan Gary Purdy

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page -

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.

PHOTO: MAX FLEET BUN060814ACC2

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.

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