Tributes flow for man killed in Grandchester car crash
HE MAY have been approaching 90 years of age, but Terry Hughes was still a big part of the family gravel business right up to his sudden passing yesterday.
The great-grandfather was a bit of a Jack-of-all-trades during a long working life in which he started Hughes Gravel, at the Glenore Grove crossroads, more than 60 years ago.
Over the years he had also been an interstate truck driver, tow truck driver, a mechanic and a local cream run driver.
Mr Hughes, 89, was driving towards Ipswich on the Rosewood-Laidley Rd about 9am yesterday when he suddenly veered off the road and into a tree.
He was dead when emergency services arrived, and police will investigate whether a medical condition may have caused the crash.
Mr Hughes' son Neil said his father only stopped driving machinery six months ago and was still passionate about the family business.
"It would have been 10 years since he was the boss here, but if he said something had to happen it would still happen," Neil said.
"He was very switched on and had a terrific memory of the history of this area.
"He used to do the cream run in the days of the horse and sulky, while my mother looked after the mail run.
"He is the last of his siblings to die so he really is the last of that generation."
Hughes Gravel was also the site of a small shopping precinct, incorporating a service station, up until about 1978.
Today, the gravel business services the Lockyer Valley area.
Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss paid tribute to Mr Hughes after hearing of his passing yesterday.
"The Hughes family is an institution at the Glenore Grove crossroads and Terry was a great community member," Mr Rickuss said.
"He worked hard for a long time - well past his retirement age.
"In fact I believe he used to drive a truck with 'Loaded with Experience' written on the side.
"He was a great asset to the local community.
"He did a lot of work with council and the local sporting community and his passing brings great sadness."