Tribute paid to ultralight pilot
WILL BANKS, 54, of Ocean Shores, died tragically last weekend in an ultralight accident at Tyagarah.
Family friends, Bobbi Allan and Annie Bolitho, have written the following tribute, approved by Will's family.
The Northern Star would welcome a tribute and photograph of Will's son, Joel, 25, who also died in the accident.
Bobbi and Annie described Will was a man of 'great good heart, a good man'.
His steadfastness and integrity is encapsulated in the words on a singlet he regularly wore.
'Never give up, never give up no matter what is going on, develop the heart...'
Will was a highly skilled professional carpenter and could turn his hand to just about anything.
He was always ready to lend a hand.
His humour and sense of fun made these situations and his shared life a huge adventure.
At the same time, his discipline and commonsense ensured that an extraordinary amount was achieved.
The Northern Rivers region is rich in verandahs, roofs, retrofits and full-scale houses built by Will and his team, and he enjoyed the respect of clients and fellow tradesmen for his efficiency, precision and warm nature.
Will married his beloved Jill Trevillian in 1999.
The wedding was in true 'Jill and Will' style, with the fun of an ocean-themed wedding, including bride and mermaid bridesmaids carried in from Will's small catamaran, and a painted Esky competition.
Their marriage continued to be filled with fun, laughter and friends.
Will's many friendships were made by doing, in the course of sharing resources and hospitality ? tools, swimming pool, knowledge of plumbing and plastering, breakfasts, favourite beers.
Will had exceptional mental acuity, and was generous with his problem-solving skills in the intellectual and personal dimension.
At the same time, he was an exceptionally talented sportsman, with the ability to break in and train draughthorses, fly and sail on the open seas.
He was also a keen yoga student.
Over the years, Will was supportive of the interests of indigenous people in the area.
He put in willing effort on behalf of the North Lismore community during the investigations into the impact of the flood levee.
In the past few years he also made a substantial contribution, as a volunteer, to the infrastructure development of the Woodford Folk Festival.
Will is mourned by Mali, Jill, Jinki, Tim and a wide network of friends and colleagues on the Northern Rivers and in South-East Queensland and beyond.
Will's family and friends invite those who would like to attend to a ceremony at Brunswick Surf Lifesaving Club at 4pm on Friday, Nov- ember 4.