Prenzlau community mourns road accident victim Bob Young
MEMBERS and friends of Prenzlau Rural Fire Brigade have led tributes to local man and RFB volunteer Bob Young who was killed in a collision while riding his bicycle on Thursday.
Sharan Winslade posted an emotional tribute to Bob on the Brigade's Facebook page saying he would be missed dearly.
"You were our roadside icon, the children sitting patiently in the car looking out the windows, hoping to see you riding your pushbike and all screaming madly as we passed you by," Sharan wrote.
"Travelling will never be the same. Nor the Christmas party's at the shed. Your smiling face and genuine love of our children."
Sharan said the time and dedication Bob gave to the Prenzlau Brigade would be forever remembered.
"May you now ride carefree in the heavens above," she concluded.
The 70-year-old was cycling north was riding a bicycle north along Lowood-Minden Rd in rainy conditions when he and a vehicle also heading north collided.
Mr Young fell from his bike, suffering critical injuries and was transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital where he died on Friday.
The retired accountant moved to the area with his family in 1989.
His daughter Elizabeth Skidmore said he had always loved living in the country after growing up on a banana farm at Murwillumbah.
Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said Mr Young was a respected member of the Lutheran Church.
"He was a private bloke who chose to ride a bike rather than drive a car," Cr Lehmann said.
Ironically Bob had only months earlier handed in his driver's licence preferring to use his bike as his only means of transport.
The events leading up to the collision are being investigated by the Ipswich police Forensic Crash Unit, which will prepare a report for the coroner.
The accident came just 24 hours after a mother and her two sons lost their lives on a Warrego Hwy crash at Glenore Grove.