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Dad lives on at Anzac

A truck entered into Lights on the Hill with friend Stephen Gregson, Vicki’s late husband Wayne Havis and her dad Alfred Marsh.
A truck entered into Lights on the Hill with friend Stephen Gregson, Vicki’s late husband Wayne Havis and her dad Alfred Marsh. Contributed

ANZAC Day is a special day for ex-truckie Vicky Havis.

Like many in the transport industry she will be proudly attending a dawn service in her home town in Victoria.

Ms Havis said attending the dawn service was the best way to pay her respects to her father, who served in tours of Borneo and in the Vietnam War and others who had served or were still serving.

"I still march proudly for him and the ones still serving," she said.

Ms Havis drove trucks up until six years ago when, in 2008, she lost her husband in a tragic truck smash.

That same year, just months later, her father passed away aged 83, three days before Anzac Day.

"That's why it affects me so much," she said of the day to remember service men and women.

Ms Havis said her father Alfred Marsh was one of the last remaining 75 squadron members when he died in a nursing home.

She proudly displays a tattoo of him on her arm in his memory. 

TRIBUTE: Vicki Havis’ tattoo in memory of her father.
TRIBUTE: Vicki Havis’ tattoo in memory of her father.

 

After serving in the air force, Alfred later enlisted in the bomb disposal unit "because he was sick of them trying to shoot him out of the air".

After the war Marsh, drove for Brambles and Esso before TNT doing car carrying work.

He stopped driving only when the doctor told him he had to stop, after a triple bypass. "His life was transport. I used to love going with him on school holidays," she said of her dad driving trucks.

Ms Havis used to attend every Anzac Day service with her dad when she was still a girl.

 

Vicki Havis and Wayne Judas.
Vicki Havis and Wayne Judas.

 

One day she'll get back into driving trucks, she told Big Rigs.

Since her husband's death at Boggabilla she hasn't been able go near a Kenworth cab-over - the truck he was driving in the crash. Ms Havis, who now lives in Victoria, had lived in Laidley with her husband.

Now she's starting to get back into the transport industry, washing trucks.

She's moved a couple round the yard, but reckons one day she will get the courage to jump into the Kenworth.

Big Rigs

Topics:  anzac day


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