Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Friends Mourn Loss of Good Mate in Truck Smash

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Friends Mourn Loss of Good Mate in Truck Smash

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Mr Simpkin was C[pounds sterling]just starting to get on top of lifeC[yen] in the weeks before the crash that killed him.

Long-term friend Graham Smith said Mr Simpkin had just purchased a house and was enthusiastic about his new job.

C[pounds sterling]He was getting stable, doing good things,C[yen] Mr Smith said.

C[pounds sterling]You could see a calmness.

C[pounds sterling]He had levelled off, he used to be a bit erratic, but he was just starting to get it all together.C[yen]

Mr Smith first met Mr Simpkin when the two were working for the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.

He said although Mr Simpkin knew how to have fun, he displayed a great work ethic.

C[pounds sterling]He was a bit of a larrikin, he liked a beer, a smoke and a yarn,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]He was never serious. …

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