Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

{Loved to Help People} {Firey Andrew Just}; Family and Friends Mourn Lovable Larrikin

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

{Loved to Help People} {Firey Andrew Just}; Family and Friends Mourn Lovable Larrikin

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Byline: Patrick Williams

ANDREW "Packy" Turnbull died doing what he loved - helping and protecting others.

The retained Kingscliff Fire Brigade firefighter has been remembered by family and friends this weekend as "one in a million" who helped anyone with anything.

Mr Turnbull's older sister, Annette Turnbull Keighran, said her "little, but bigger brother" was a kind-natured person who loved his family and his footy.

"You could always count on him. He would help out anyone with anything," Mrs Turnbull Keighran said.

"He has helped people his whole life. He just always loved helping people any way he could.

Mr Turnbull passed away from a suspected heart attack while battling a grass fire at Fingal on Friday night.

He was 35.

Mr Turnbull leaves behind five children and two step-children.

His youngest, Kiara, is only 12 months old.

"He loved his kids and he did anything for them," Mrs Turnbull Keighran said.

"He was a bit of a larrikin and always the life of the party. He would have a drink at the pub and it wasn't just a handful of people but everyone who knew him."

Mr Turnbull was a retained fire fighter for the Kingscliff Fire Brigade for eight years.

He volunteered with the Banora Point SES for five years prior.

"Helping others was just such a big part of his life. He recently loaned his car to a mate because Andrew only needed his bike to get around town. It was always done out of the kindness of his heart," Mrs Turnbull Keighran said.

Mrs Turnbull Keighran established a Facebook group page in memory of her brother about 11am Saturday.

At time of print last night the group, "In Memory of Andrew Packy Turnbull", had reached more than 250 members.

On the website, one friend wrote "all our prayers goes out to the Turnbull family RIP u (sic) will be missed in a big way throughout the community of the Tweed area."

Another wrote: "My deepest sympathies go to the Turnbull family. I went to school with Packy and I am so grateful I took the time to talk to him at our reunion. I was in awe of the fact he had 7 kids. A wonderful and friendly man has been taken too soon. …

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