Vale Peter 'Pedro' Streeton

By: Greg Bush


Friends of the late Peter Streeton, known as Pedro, who passed away on July 14, are organising a fund raiser for his wife Kerry.

Vale Peter 'Pedro' Streeton
Vale Peter 'Pedro' Streeton
On July 14 this year, Peter ‘Pedro’ Streeton was unloading his truck. He walked to the side tool box and, in an instant, suffered a fatal heart attack. He was 49.

Tragic as this was, what was so unfair is the fact that he had not long returned to work after paying large medical bills to battle his stomach cancer into remission.

Like many of his generation in the industry, Pedro learned the game at (more accurately, on) his father Don’s knee, and spent 30 odd years doing ‘just what he loved doing’.

Always an employed driver, and the vast majority of that on the ‘old’ Hume and the coast road, he drove for Scorsby’s, ran express for Easter’s, spent almost a decade with the ‘Light Brigade’ [QFM], but only wanted to drive the blue Western Star. He hated the maroon ones.

Pedro worked on the ‘KISS’ principle whenever he applied for a new job. He would ask the standard three questions: "What horsepower is it?" "What fuel pressure are you running?" and "What’s her top speed?" If the answers weren’t satisfactory, Pedro would offer, "I can fix that!"

Known by all that encountered him as a ‘good operator’, Pedro never got out of line, never overtook where he shouldn’t have and never put another driver under duress. All in all, he was one of those drivers that other drivers just wanted to emulate.

Over three decades in this game you may make many acquaintances, but you make a few mates and they are the ones that became family to Pedro. And Pedro was family to them, to the point where his wife Kerry is regarded as much family as he was.

It is this ‘family’ who decided they needed to see that Kerry was ‘done right by’.
As is often the case, many entitlements in the trucking industry are included in
the kilometre rate.

Out of respect to Pedro, ‘family’ members Pual (sic) and Karenne, Gary and Janine and Greg (‘Haircutt’), have organised a fundraiser with a difference for Kerry.

On Saturday, October 3, they have organised a celebration of Pedro’s life and the times they all shared with him.

To be held on the property of friends at 336 Edelsten Road, Jimboomba, Queensland, the occasion will begin around 3pm and go until it is finished. It will include live bands, a steak and sausage sizzle, raffles and an auction of donated goods, included items from Gilbert and Roach, Mercedes-Benz Commercial Thornton, One Steel, Newcastle Mazda, Cardiff Toyota and other donors. Any other donations of ‘auctionable’ items, raffle prizes or cash to aid this benefit would be greatly appreciated.

Entry will be by way of a ‘paper’ donation and will put you in the running for one of the lucky door’ prizes.

Any donors of auction items or cash donations please contact Karenne on 0428 205 983 or email dctnsw@bigpond.com.

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