Funeral for father of five girls

DEVOTED AND LOVING FATHER: Shane Lovell Burbery's van was found part way down a bluff.
DEVOTED AND LOVING FATHER: Shane Lovell Burbery's van was found part way down a bluff.

The father of five girls died when his van careered off the road and plunged down a steep bank.

Police were contacted after Shane Lovell Burbery, 38, went missing during a delivery run in North Canterbury early Monday morning.

A truck driver came across skid marks leading off State Highway 7 and found the van about 30 metres down a bluff between Culverden and Hanmer Springs, about 6.50am.

Senior Constable Darrin Low said it appeared the part-time delivery driver had lost control on a right-hand bend, about 2 kilometres south of Marble Point.

The crash may have happened three or four hours before it was discovered, Low said.

Burbery's grieving family yesterday paid tribute to a "devoted and loving" father who was "a character to say the least".

He was engaged to his partner, Carissa. The couple lived together in Rangiora.

Burbery grew up in Kaiapoi and loved fishing and tinkering with motorbikes and cars.

He occasionally helped a friend out by delivering milk, newspapers and other items on a route between Christchurch and Hanmer.

On the day of the crash, Burbery left home about midnight, family said. He was due home about 3.30am.

Daniel Burbery, 39, learned late on Monday morning that his younger brother was dead.

"It's obviously not the phone call you ever want to get," he said.

"He [Shane] always had a smile on his face and always had something to say.

"He's going to be hugely missed by his family . . . and friends."

Serious crash investigators are working to establish what caused the crash.

Burbery's death has been referred to the coroner. His funeral will be held at the Southbrook Community Club at 1pm tomorrow.

The Press