Trib­ute for fallen driver

Owner Driver - - Owner / Driver - – Cobey Bar­tels

ADRIAN RYAN, known by friends and fam­ily as Ado, was trag­i­cally killed in a head- on truck crash on Pic­ton Road in March this year, just shy of his 33rd birth­day.

Two of Adrian’s mates and co-work­ers from Fife & Co Heavy Haulage stepped up to build him a one- of-a-kind cus­tom Ken­worth me­mo­rial on Pic­ton Road, a touch­ing trib­ute for a truckie taken too soon.

An ad­mir­ing mate of Adrian’s, Will Bush, de­signed the mon­u­ment with help from Luke Far­rell, while other friends and fam­ily be­gan get­ting the parts to­gether they needed.

It took a month to make the Ken­worth mon­u­ment, with help from Goul­burn En­gi­neer­ing and Stu­dio 4 Signs and De­sign, and it was setup on Sun­day Au­gust 13.

“He was an all-round good bloke,” Will said when asked how the idea for the trib­ute came about.

“When you’re on the road and you see a me­mo­rial, you think ‘gee this is nice, a lot of peo­ple loved this bloke,’ and that’s what we wanted.

“He was Ken­worth mad, he loved them and he didn’t want to drive any­thing else.

“We wanted to give him that trib­ute, we didn’t want him to just be another scratch on paper that got killed on the road,” he said.

Friends and fam­ily take a mo­ment to re­mem­ber Adrian “Ado” Ryan: (L to R) Alan Ryan, Mea­gan West, Jonno Kim­ber, Adam Craig, Luke Far­rell, Steve Watling, Will Bush, Wade Souter and Carl Bush

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