Truckies honoured at Alexandra truck memorial

By: Tamara Whitsed


The Victorian Truck Drivers’ Memorial invites applications from friends and family wishing to have a name added to the wall.

Truckies honoured at Alexandra truck memorial
The late Bill Mason drove trucks for 54 years. His name was added to the Victorian Truck Drivers’ Memorial at Alexandra last year.

 

Preparations are underway for a moving memorial service at the Victorian Truck Drivers’ Memorial at Alexandra on June 6.

Sandra Mason of Benalla plans to be among the many travelling to Alexandra’s Rotary Park for the service.

"It’s a beautiful setting and Alexandra has embraced it," says Sandra, whose husband Bill Mason was added to the wall last year.

Bill was 72 when he passed away in 2011 after a long battle with cancer. He had driven trucks for 54 years when he retired in 2007.

"It was just magic there that day at the wall," Sandra says, remembering last year’s memorial service.

It has been difficult adjusting to life without Bill, but Sandra says meeting Bette Phillips from Work-Related Grief Support has helped her move forward and increase her network of friends.

"Bill would be glad that I’m out and about with people again," Sandra says.

"He wouldn’t want it any other way. We really talked about things when we knew he wasn’t going to be here. We were lucky that we were able to do that."

The memorial committee is currently seeking applications for inclusion on the wall. Truck drivers who died at work are eligible to apply. Those who died from other causes after working in the industry for many years are also welcome to apply, especially if truck driving contributed to their illness.

Application forms are available from the Truck Drivers’ Memorial website and should be returned by April 6.

For more information visit the website or the Victorian Truck Drivers’ Memorial Facebook page.

Sandra shares her journey in the March issue of Owner//Driver.

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