Kind words flow for Zak
ROCKHAMPTON'S Zachary Seiler was looking forward to a weekend of fast-paced action at the Townsville V8 Supercars with members of his family.
His dad and a brother and sister were set to join him in the northern city, where they would watch the thrills and spills of the Townsville 400 V8 Supercars.
They had such a good time at the race last year they decided they had to return.
But the family's world was turned upside down on Wednesday when “Zak” died in a tragic accident.
The 22-year-old was visiting friends when he fell from the second level of the Riviera Apartments at Townsville.
The death has shocked his family, friends and work colleagues.
Kind words flowed yesterday for the 22-year-old who had so much to offer.
His sister, Tamara, said he had a warm and friendly nature, his boss at All Hours Glass and Aluminium, Russell Mackay, described him as having unlimited potential and his friends set up a Facebook tribute page which had about 200 posts by yesterday afternoon.
Tamara, the eldest of Zak's seven brothers and sisters, said the family was still coming to terms with the loss.
“He loved life and lived it to its fullest during his short time,” Tamara said.
“He was always happy and always smiling.
“His infectious smile will never be forgotten and his memory will always live on.”
She said he was at his most content laughing and joking in the company of family.
Zak had recently returned to Rockhampton after a brief period living in Townsville.
He was close to finishing his apprenticeship as a glazier.
“He had so much potential,” Russell said.
“He was with us for about six months and he was one of the best employees.
“What has happened is a crying shame ... we are absolutely devastated to have someone like this pass away.”
He said he found out about Zak's death as he drove back from completing a job with him in Townsville.
“We worked together on Monday and Tuesday,” Russell said.
“The last thing I said was ‘have a good time'.”