Father and son shared tractor passion
'Two peas in a pod' rest side by sideNICCI MCDOUGALL
They both loved John Deere tractors, they died driving tractors and now they're resting side by side in John Deere-coloured coffins.
Gore agricultural contractor George Williams, 62, died last Monday when the tractor he was driving fell down a bench in the hill, hitting rocks, before falling about 300 metres to a gully at the bottom of the hill.
Mr Williams was thrown from the tractor and was found about five metres from the machine.
His son Hayden, 18, died when the tractor he was driving and a truck collided near Lumsden on February 5, 2005.
Their grieving family, sitting around a picnic table overlooking the family farm, Hillview, near Gore, said yesterday the pair were like "two peas in a pod" sharing a passion for farming and John Deere tractors.
Father and son are buried side by side in John Deere green-coloured coffins at the Charlton Park Cemetery in Gore.
Mr Williams, with his bag of black ball lollies and large grin, was always the picture of happiness on the farm, they said.
He had a love of life, farming, his family and sea fishing and would be greatly missed by his family, including wife of 32 years Thelma, children Cathryn and Bevan and grandson Zane, 7, his family said.
The family painted the picture of a gentle, loving and kind man who lived for his work and his family and never said a bad word about anyone.
"He was just the best," Mrs Williams said.
Mr and Mrs Williams raised their family in Athol after Mr Williams was employed as manager at Eyre Creek Station.
The family later moved to a 17-hectare farm outside Gore and Mr Williams had been working for Chisolm McHaffie contracting for the past six years.
Mr Williams had loved sea fishing with his friends, golf, and was a life member of the Garston Sheep Dog Trial Club.
Hayden loved farming and was about to start a diesel mechanic's apprenticeship when he died.
Cathryn Williams said since Hayden had died the family had learnt to never pass up an opportunity to say how they felt.
"Dad knew we loved him. We always told him we did."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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