Tributes flow for Cape Trib identity
ED Sullivan was a man whose skill as an artist and woodworker were only outshone by his passion for his family and his small Cape Tribulation community.
Family and friends yesterday paid tribute to the 70-yearold who died after his motorbike collided with a car just outside Cow Bay where he has lived for at least the past two decades.
His children Dan, Wendy and Jodie flew from Perth to the Far North yesterday morning and said their father’s death had hit them incredibly hard.
“We had an extremely close relationship with him,” Wendy said. “He was an incredible man. “He was very, very highly and widely respected and his death has affected a lot of people.”
Mr Sullivan used his incredible woodworking talents to build his own home from scratch almost 30 years ago.
Wendy said growing up in Derby in Western Australia her father had always dreamt over building a home in the Daintree and when he found a site in 1988 he made it his own.
“He built it with his bare hands,” she said.
His neighbour of 20 years Daniel Firkins said Mr Sullivan’s death had rocked the small community. “We’re devastated,” he said. “He loved his motorbikes and a lot of people have said he died doing what he loved.”