A convoy of trucks with their lights on for David Holmes.
A convoy of trucks with their lights on for David Holmes. Irish Bower

Lights on for David Holmes

THERE was an incredible amount of support for the "Light up Tassie" day, where all drivers were respectfully asked to drive with their lights on in honour of David Holmes on Thursday April 14.

The idea was originally thought up by Adrian Dolbey, a mate from the Sassafras Cricket Club, who requested on the Tassie Truckers-Drivers and Families Facebook page, that people should drive with their lights on out of respect for his friend David Holmes.

Arron Cole then took up the idea and promoted it on his own page, which was shared 540 times including on Amanda Armstrong's popular web page, Tassie Truckers-Drivers and Families, and from here the idea took off almost taking on a life of its own.

A page one article in The Advocate on Arron and his efforts to promote the idea, published on April 13 followed and as a result there was an awesome response.

Trucks of all sizes from small rigids to semi-trailers carrying general freight down the highway to log trucks, trucks out in the bush, and even fork lifts, cars and utilities literally lit up Tasmania's depots and highways from early dawn through to nightfall.

"I created a post about it and it just went absolutely crazy, I didn't expect any of this," Mr Cole said.

Adrian Dolbey reflected on David Holmes that "he was the type of guy who always had time to stop and say G'day, have a chat and catch up with what you were up to."

Arron Cole said leaving lights on is recognised by truck drivers as a sign of respect for your fellow driver.

"It's probably not done often enough to be honest, I think it should be done a whole lot more," he said

"I think this overwhelming response just shows how well liked he was.

"It's really humbling to think this one simple gesture has taken off and gone so well."

Incidentally Amanda Armstrong has collected an enormous album of photos of the event, which are available on her website.

We would like to join Adrian Dolbey, Arron Cole, Amanda Armstrong, Tony Whitehouse and all members of the Tassie Truckies Memorial Wall Committee, all of the late David Holmes' workmates at DeBruyn's, the good folk at Epping Forest and all of his many friends on and off the road, in expressing our sincere condolences to Terri Anne, Sharni and Kayden and all of his family, on this tragic recent passing of this well-known and respected DeBruyn's driver who was killed in a truck crash at Bagdad on April 7.

His well-attended funeral was held at the Pinegrove Funeral Centre in Devonport at 10am on Saturday April 16.

Eighteen or so trucks turned up, with his coffin being carried in state on the leading truck of the contingent from DeBruyn's, which proceeded in procession from the funeral chapel to Mersey Gardens Chapel at Stony Rise Rd, Spreyton.

In lieu of flowers the family requested that a donation be given to the Tassie Truckers Memorial Wall.

A quiet and gentle man, David will be remembered and respected by all as a good friend and a totally professional driver.

He will indeed be missed by all who knew him, on and off the road.

Big Rigs

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