News

Recognition for Tim

Childhood friend and long-time mate of the late Tim Whitehead, Simon Plumb, hangs a frame in the new refrigeration unit at Grafton TAFE as Electrical and refrigeration teacher Greg Williams watches on. The new refrigeration unit was named in honour of Tim Whitehead. Photo: JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
Childhood friend and long-time mate of the late Tim Whitehead, Simon Plumb, hangs a frame in the new refrigeration unit at Grafton TAFE as Electrical and refrigeration teacher Greg Williams watches on. The new refrigeration unit was named in honour of Tim Whitehead. Photo: JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner Jojo Newby

THE LIFE of an exceptional young man was remembered and cele- brated yesterday when family, friends and teachers dedicated the new Electrical and Refrigeration building at Grafton TAFE to Tim Whitehead.

Mr Whitehead died suddenly from a viral heart condition in July this year. His lifelong mate Simon Plumb shared memories of his sorely missed friend.

"I remember rifling through his dad's shed looking for parts to build a go-kart," he said.

"Then I remember when we grew up how Tim looked at all his mates who were off to do apprenticeships as the lucky ones.

"Of course Tim had to put his IQ to use and went off to uni, but he felt the void of not using his hands to make a living."

Later in life Mr Whitehead did an apprenticeship at TAFE to become a refrigeration mechanic.

His former employer, Tom Berry from Frigid Air, remembered Mr Whitehead's great spirit, even in trying circumstances.

"He always had a light heart, even when he was working on a roof on a 40-degree day," Mr Berry said. "We can't bring him back and we can't immortalise him but at least he's got some recognition."

Mr Whitehead's mother Janelle said: "He was a great son, partner, brother and uncle."

Topics:  grafton tafe tribute



Joey survives after koala stomped on by cow

Dr Pyne said Fraser was "a battler".

"Mum was literally stomped to death"

Police fear for missing teen

Police have made a public appeal to help locate a missing teen.

Police are appealing for information following the disappearance of a teenager

Next crop of reluctant journos: OPINION

Why don't young people want to become journalists?

Journalism may not be glamorous, but there are stories to be told

Local Partners

Historian to explore social histories of Aboriginal communities

A NORTHERN Rivers historian has been awarded the prestigious $30,000 2016 NSW History Fellowship.


This week's Northern Rivers markets list

Craft, art and fresh produce merge at the local markets.

Where to get your fresh produce and coffee from

GALLERY: Summer meltdown with wrestling show

Apollo, the heavyweight champion of the International Wrestling Australia (IWA Pro Wrestling) which will bring its Summer Melt Down Tour to Evans Head in January 2017.

ORGANISERS have promised body-slamming, bone-crunching entertainment

Ten fantastic things to do on the Northern Rivers

CIRCUS ARTS: Superheroes and Supervillains will battle at out at the end of year show.

Superheroes, carols, dance parties and golf this week

Justin Timberlake stuns students with secret class

Justin Timberlake stunned high school students in Sydney

Carrie Fisher says Ford will be bugged by affair confession

Carrie Fisher is sure Harrison Ford is annoyed at her

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with childhood sweetheart

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with ex

Jennifer Lawrence apologises to the people of Hawaii

Jennifer Lawrence sorry for 'offensive' story

Cruz Beckham's single a 'one-off'

He is not planning to launch a full-time music career yet.

Louis Tomlinson's mother dies aged 42

Louis Tomlinson's mother has died.

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

WATCH QTV: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!