True hard working, good bloke killed in farm accident
LINDSAY Thomas Howkins has been remembered as a hardworking battler and all-round top bloke.
His working life began in Emerald as a cabinetmaker with his first business, Lindsay's Kitchens, a success and later expanded into building transportable homes.
He then founded a heavy haulage company before taking a stint in the mines and eventually settled into life as a grazier.
Those who knew him would all agree that Lindsay was a typical Aussie larrikin, with a larger than life personality who was hard not to love.
A hard but fair man with a heart of pure gold, he genuinely cared for his mates and family. He had big dreams, big plans and big accomplishments tied in with many hardships that he never let hold him back.
Lindsay was a lover of Slim Dusty, had a beard that a hipster, biker and swagman would be proud to own, dressed in a questionable sense of fashion but could scrub up alright when the time called and loved nothing more than a few XXXX Gold tins.
Tragedy struck on June 5 when Lindsay, 51, was involved in a fatal accident while working on his property west of Bajool township.
He leaves behind his best friend and partner Vivian, parents Tom and Colleen, brothers Ross and Glen, children Emily Ann and Lindsay Jason, children's mother Maya, worker Alma and many more family and friends far and wide who will miss him dearly.
"Coming to terms with your loss will be testing but I know I have the best guardian angel watching over us," daughter Emily said.
"I love you Dad, rest in peace. And to everybody, please spare a thought or a prayer for us.
"Spare a few minutes to call your loved ones, forgive grievances and hold each other tight. Life is too short."