Kenworth memorial: Mates tribute for fallen truckie

By: Cobey Bartels


Adrian Ryan, known by friends and family as Ado, was tragically killed in a head on truck crash on Picton Road in March this year, just shy of his 33rd birthday.

Kenworth memorial: Mates tribute for fallen truckie
Friends and family take a moment to remember Adrian ‘Aldo’ Ryan: (L to R) Alan Ryan, Meagan West, Jonno Kimber, Adam Craig, Luke Farrell, Steve Watling, Will Bush, Wade Souter, Carl Bush

 

Two of Adrian’s mates and co-workers from Fife & Co Heavy Haulage stepped up to build him a one-of-a-kind custom Kenworth memorial on Picton Road, a touching tribute for a truckie taken too soon.

An admiring mate of Adrian’s, Will Bush, designed the monument with help from Luke Farrell, while other friends and family began getting the parts together they needed.

It took a month to make the Kenworth monument, with help from Goulburn Engineering and Studio 4 Signs and Design, and it was setup on Sunday August 13.

"He was an all-round good bloke," Will said when asked how the idea for the tribute came about.

"When you’re on the road and you see a memorial, you think ‘gee this is nice, a lot of people loved this bloke,’ and that’s what we wanted.

"He was Kenworth mad, he loved them and he didn’t want to drive anything else.

"We wanted to give him that tribute, we didn’t want him to just be another scratch on paper that got killed on the road," he said.

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