Obituary: Motat says goodbye
Adrian Young won’t be at work on Friday.
Instead Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology (Motat) will be closed early so staff can attend a memorial service for their colleague.
Adrian, Motat’s graphic designer and photographer, died suddenly of natural causes while at work on July 26. He was 52.
The museum was evacuated and closed for the afternoon out of respect and to allow staff to deal with the shock of his death.
Adrian had worked at Motat for three years having originally begun as a temporary graphic artist in the marketing department.
Motat’s chief executive Michael Frawley says Adrian was a creative individual whose fingerprints are on all the images most people would associate with Motat.
‘‘He’s taken Motat from a monochromatic palette to one of colour and vibrancy.’’
Frawley says Adrian’s colleagues will miss his sense of humour and creative flair.
‘‘Everyone that came in contact with him had the highest regard and respect for him.
‘‘He will live on at Motat because everywhere you look you can see bits of his workmanship.’’
Adrian is survived by his mother Marguerite, brother Warren and nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life will be held on August 5 at 2.30pm at the Motat Aviation Display Hall.
Adrian Young was an avid traveller who loved visiting Thailand.