Robbie ‘an amazing’ dad to three kids
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”.