Rob­bie ‘an amaz­ing’ dad to three kids

The Advertiser - - NEWS - DIXIE SULDA

ROB­BIE Westover will be re­mem­bered as a fear­less man who lived for his chil­dren.

The 29-year-old Ka­punda man died of head in­juries sus­tained at a quarry just out­side Truro on April 21, the state’s first work­place death for the year.

He is sur­vived by his wife Shan­non and three young chil­dren, Caileb, 11, Abby, 6, and Lach­lan, 4.

Mrs Westover said life with­out her hus­band was an ad­just­ment.

“It’s hard to look much fur­ther than to­mor­row at the minute,” Mrs Westover said.

She said her hus­band was an out­doors man, who spent ev­ery mo­ment he could with his chil­dren.

His death would be par­tic­u­larly hard for their el­dest son, Caileb, she said.

“Rob­bie was an amaz­ing dad, he was his (Caileb’s) best buddy,” Mrs Westover said.

“Rob­bie would go to the skate park with him and show off to all of his friends, and play on the mon­key bars.”

Mr Westover’s sis­ter, Emma De­la­hay, flew from Dar­win as soon as she heard the news of her brother’s death, to be with fam­ily and as­sist with ar­rang­ing this week­end’s fu­neral.

“We have to keep it su­per low key un­for­tu­nately, which is re­ally sad be­cause a lot of peo­ple have to miss out on say­ing good­bye,” Mrs De­la­hay said of the fu­neral.

“And with a com­mu­nity like this, there’s a lot of peo­ple that re­ally are griev­ing his loss and should be able to say good­bye but can’t.”

The fam­ily plans to host a larger cer­e­mony on Mr Westover’s birthday in Oc­to­ber, de­pend­ing on re­stric­tions on so­cial gatherings.

Mrs De­la­hay said her brother could have writ­ten a book on how to be a good fa­ther. “He wasn’t the stan­dard mid­dle-aged, slightly over­weight dad; he was the dad that back­flipped off of the mon­key bars,” she said.

Mrs Westover said her young fam­ily had a long heal­ing process ahead.

“They’ve got a long life now,” she said. “Ev­ery­one gets to go back to their life as nor­mal but we have to miss him ev­ery sin­gle day and the kids have to grow up now with­out a lot.”

Kane Sal­is­bury, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Hal­lett Re­sources, where Mr Westover worked as a loader op­er­a­tor, said the “tragic in­ci­dent” had “shocked and dis­tressed all those who were present, and all staff and man­age­ment”.

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