‘He lived for his kids’

Truck driver charged af­ter fa­tal crash

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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

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