'His laugh and his smile will never be forgotten'
THE Kurz family are taking comfort in knowing how many people admired Frederick Christopher Kurz and how many people he had influenced in his life, said Frederick's daughter Carla Collins.
"His life may have ended but memories of him will live on for a long time," she said.
Frederick was a Blenners Transport driver and died in a horror crash that involved two Blenners Transport vehicles on the Kennedy Highway on September 13.
Frederick was farewelled on Friday.
"Dad loved life and he definitely lived it," Carla said.
"His laugh and his smile will never be forgotten. His laugh was unique and so infectious. He had an enormous personality and so many people have described him as being larger than life.
"In his younger days he had a passion for motorbikes and was an Australian Enduro Champion, he was also the first Australian Goanna pulling champion.
"He was always very determined and when he put his mind to something he always achieved it.
"Dad loved living on his small cattle property with mum (they started dating at 13 years of age), his dogs and horses."
Carla said she and her brother both had two children each and her father spent every chance he could with them.
"He was constantly getting into mischief with them and would have everyone laughing."
Carla said her father "always felt safe" driving Blenners vehicles and often expressed an appreciation for the transport company that he was never pressured into compromising safety to get a delivery on time.
"We are looking for answers but we have been supported immensely by Blenners Transport and we have trust in their investigations, as well as the NHVR and the team of police forensics to gather the data they need to, to conduct their jobs.
"We understand that this could take some time. Regardless of the outcome of the investigation two men have died and two families are grieving this loss."
Blenners Transport owner Les Blennerhassett said "our business is completely devastated and shell-shocked by this terrible tragedy".
"We are all mourning the loss of two highly valued and much-loved work mates, they are greatly missed," he said.
"Our thoughts remain with their families at this time. We are all feeling the weight of this loss."
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator officers are currently assessing a range of information provided by Blenners Transport in relation to the crash.
The information was requested from Blenners Transport in the days following the crash and the company has been cooperative in responding to these requests.
The NHVR's enquiries relate to Chain of Responsibility requirements under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.
The NHVR's enquiries are in addition to Queensland Police Service Forensic Crash Unit investigations which are continuing.