Buz­zard fam­ily share mem­o­ries

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

The sis­ter of Lee Buz­zard, who died on a Pil­bara mine site last month, has de­scribed her brother as a gen­tle soul made in the mould of his fa­ther, in a touching trib­ute fol­low­ing his funeral.

Mr Buz­zard, a Rio Tinto diesel fit­ter, was killed in the early hours of June 19 while work­ing at the Chan­nar mine near Parabur­doo.

Brooke Buz­zard said she had read some heart­felt mes­sages in the weeks fol­low­ing his death and now wanted to share her mem­o­ries of a big brother who had been a fine role model for his sib­lings.

“As Lee’s sis­ter I was able to iden­tify qual­i­ties in Lee that were clearly a re­flec­tion of my fa­ther’s — kind and gen­tle in na­ture, goal-ori­en­tated, fo­cused, hon­est, and gen­uine,” she said.

“I have wit­nessed first-hand that our dad was an ex­tremely pos­i­tive in­flu­ence in Lee’s life, and in many ways it is Dad’s per­son­al­ity that has sculp­tured Lee’s per­son­al­ity and looks and helped Lee to be­come the ter­rific young man he was.

“As a young adult, Lee told our dad that his fond­est child­hood mem­o­ries were play­ing board games with him and his step­mother, Sandie Buz­zard, on the school hol­i­days.”

Ms Buz­zard said her brother’s funeral on July 1 had been the most chal­leng­ing day the fam­ily had faced.

“As Lee’s sib­lings we all agree that while an un­for­tu­nate tragedy has robbed us of the op­por­tu­nity to spend valu­able time with our big brother, it may not steal our trea­sured mem­o­ries of him,” she said. “Those we will keep locked away in our hearts for­ever.

“Lee did not have a bad bone in his body, and it is for that rea­son that our mem­o­ries of him will be cher­ished for an eter­nity.”

Fol­low­ing Mr Buz­zard’s death, Rio Tinto launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent.

The death sent shock­waves through nearby Parabur­doo, where the lo­cal Men’s Shed opened its doors for peo­ple to come down and grieve.

A Rio Tinto spokesman said they were not in a po­si­tion to com­ment as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was on­go­ing.

Pic­ture: Brooke Buz­zard

A young Lee Buz­zard with his fa­ther Mark.

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