‘He lived for his kids’
Truck driver charged after fatal crash
GOLD Coast father Geoff Candlin – killed in a car crash near Alligator Creek on Tuesday – will be forever cherished as a hands-on Dad who spent every spare moment doting on his kids.
The 42-year-old was killed when the van he was driving and a truck collided – just four days before the birthday barbecue his Gold Coast family was planning for Saturday.
His twin daughters, Caitlin and Siobhan, 13, and eldest daughter Tianna, 16, yesterday recounted memories of their Dad.
‘‘ Everything we did, he was there,’’ Siobhan said.
‘‘ He just loved to do things with us.’’
Geoff moved to the Gold Coast from Sydney with the twins about three years ago, and promptly j oined t he Burleigh Heads Soccer Club and Nobby Beach Surf Life Saving Club.
‘‘ We’d go to the beach, he would play soccer with us,’’ Caitlin said.
‘‘ On Monday he came in to say he was leaving.’’
‘‘ I said ‘ see you on Friday’ . . . gave him a hug and went back to sleep. ‘‘ We had a lot planned.’’ Caitlin said that while her Dad refused to ride on roller-coasters, he loved climbing bridges.
‘‘ That’s one of the best memories, climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Story Bridge together.’’
Tianna, who lives with her mother in Sydney, flew to the Gold Coast to support her sisters yesterday.
She said she would remember the ‘‘ silly, simple times playing hide and seek’’ as a child with her father and a family holiday to Daydream Island last year.
Geoff’s mum Glenys said her son was a sporty and academic child, who always set his sights high.
‘‘ He was somebody who planned his whole life out, he was a step ahead,’’ she said.
Geoff was described as a people person.
He worked in retail, managing chain stores including Big W, The Reject Shop and Toys R Us, before the hours began impinging on his family life.
He took a job with Solar Shop Australia about two years ago, and while he often travelled throughout the State five days a week, he always returned to his girls on the Gold Coast at weekends.
‘‘ He enjoyed meeting people, and working more or less for himself was more fulfilling,’’ his Dad Denis said.
‘‘ He liked being out and about rather than shut in an office.
‘‘ He was such a proud father, he was involved with everything the girls were doing,’’ sister Michelle added.
A memorial service will be held for Geoff early next week.
Meanwhile the truck driver, a 52-yearold Mackay man, was charged late Tuesday after he failed to stop at the scene.
He was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and with callous disregard.
He is due to appear in Townsville Magistrates Court on April 19.
OUR DAD: Tianna, 16, and twins Caitlin and Siobhan, 13, hold a photo of their father