Tributes flow for Cape Trib iden­tity

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Grace Ma­son

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.”

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