Kyogle in mourning for Peter
By RENEE REDMOND
FAMILY and friends of Kyogle tree surgeon Peter Studders were yesterday left grieving for the father-of-three who died after being struck by a branch of a falling five-metre tree.
The 34-year-old, a licensed tree felling contractor and owner of Kyogle Clean Cut Lawn and Tree Services, was working on a Cedar Point property on Omagh Road with co-worker Rick Denton when the accident occurred on Monday afternoon.
Mr Denton, a professional tree surgeon of almost 20 years, spoke about the incident yesterday.
"I was in the four-wheel-drive, Peter had made the felling cut and moved some metres away before indicating to me to pull the tree over," he said.
"As the tree was being pulled over it changed direction slightly. Peter tried to get out of the way but a large branch hit him on the head."
"I called for the ambulance and tried to revive him until they arrived. If he had moved one more step he would have been fine.
"It was a difficult felling situation because the tree had split in half and the remainder had a considerable amount of rot."
Yesterday his wife, Jodi Studders, spoke about her beloved husband who is the father of their three children aged four, seven and nine.
"We loved him and he loved us," Mrs Studders said.
"He was always happy and saw the good side of everything.
"Peter and I were both born in Kyogle. Our families were friends, which is how we met. He was a wonderful husband, father and provider for our family."
Mr Reardon said his friend was always safety conscious.
"You wouldn't find a bloke more conscious of safety, he never took shortcuts and was meticulous about everything," he said.
Mr Reardon said he had known Mr Studders since primary school and they were the best of mates.
"We studied at TAFE together, worked together and I was the best man at his wedding," he said.
"He was a good all round tradesman and could fix almost anything.
"A lot of farmers in the district relied on him when they needed something done.
"He loved a cup of tea and a yarn and he always took the time to do both."