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Rich life spent behind the wheel

LIFE IN THE INDUSTRY: Trevor driving his son Warren’s Ford Louisville.
LIFE IN THE INDUSTRY: Trevor driving his son Warren’s Ford Louisville.

TREVOR Dowe passed away on April 12 this year after a wonderful life in the transport industry.

He is survived by wife Margaret and sons Ian, Warren, Darryl, Troy and daughter Karen.

Trevor was born on October 31, 1944, and was 67 when he died of a leukemia-related illness.

"He was in trucks all his life and was driving trucks right up until the last day," son Troy said.

"Dad started off working for Kraft at Quinalow driving the milk trucks. Then he went to Tracey's Transport in Toowoomba.

"He then went to Saal's Transport and bought the business off them and started Dowe's Transport in 1985.

"We lived at Mt Tyson and there were four of us driving - Mum, Dad, Warren and myself.

"The four of us used to have a truck each.

"Dad and I did two-up to Sydney, Cairns, Mt Isa and Melbourne doing interstate.

"Warren and I took over the business and he stayed with us

"Warren bought two trucks and Dad finished up with Warren carting steel to Toowoomba, Warwick, Brisbane and Chinchilla.

"He was driving right up until the day Mum got a call saying for him to go straight up to the hospital.

"He got out of the truck and went straight up there."

Trevor was talented in a variety of fields and had great friends in the country music industry

"He was a lover of Fords, football and he was an Australian and Queensland judo champion," Troy said.

"There were three country music singers that stood by Dad. Every day Travis Sinclair, Jeff Brown and Dean Perrett used to ring him.

"Dad used to like listening to Slim Dusty and Travis."

Margaret said her husband loved trucks from when he was a young man.

"He was 15 and used to drive without a licence. He got his licence at Peranga Police Station and they said, 'We know you can drive. We've seen you driving past'," she recalls

Known by many in the transport industry, Trevor also had a favourite spot for dinner.

"He used to stop at Rusty's Roadhouse, halfway between Toowoomba and Brisbane, for his tea. That was when we were living at Mt Tyson," Margaret said.

The family wanted to thank family friend Rick Laurie along with Kathy and Gary White, from Lights on the Hill, for their support.

"Dad enjoyed doing Lights on the Hill every year," Troy said.

Troy also thanked Keegan Mulligan of Toowoomba Truck Sales who loaned the family some trucks for the funeral

Topics:  leukemia, obituary, trevor dowe


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