Obituary: Mo­tat says good­bye

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ELESHA ED­MONDS

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.

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