‘JC’ mourned after he was hurt fatally on job

Forestry workers at Whian Whian, form a guard of honour, following the accidental death of their colleague.
Forestry workers at Whian Whian, form a guard of honour, following the accidental death of their colleague. Rodney Stevens

JOHN Creighton, or JC to those who knew him, was a hard working, honest, loyal and dedicated family man.

Mr Creighton was killed in a freak accident at a logging site on private property at Whian Whian last Wednesday when a tree branch fell from the forest canopy and hit his head.

Mr Creighton's son Russell said his dad was not meant to be working at Whian Whian the day he died.

"They called him back at the last minute to do one more day out there as there were still issues out there," he said.

The 59-year-old, who was supervising the logging, died in Gold Coast Hospital on Thursday night when family turned his life support off at 7.30pm.

Russell said doctors told the family that after suffering a severe brain injury and multiple fractures to his neck; his father had no chance of leading a meaningful life if he was to recover.

"He had five grandchildren that he doted on, and for friends and family he would do anything," he said.

After working for the Forestry Corporation of New South Wales for more than 30 years, Mr Creighton earned a promotion to supervisor.

"He had been involved in search and rescue missions in state forests and fighting bushfires in state forests around NSW as well as his general work in state forests," he said.

"Until recently he religiously ran 12km a day; he was an incredibly very fit man."

A former Kyogle Turkeys rugby league player, Mr Creighton went on to coach the Turkeys to their first under 18s premiership.

He then began playing touch football and his competitive edge saw him play at a state level.

A mad St George Dragons supporter, JC also enjoyed lawn bowls in recent years. Russell said one of his father's proudest moments came earlier this year when one of his racehorses won at Ballina.

Mr Creighton is survived by his wife Barbara, children Russell and his wife Christy, and Wendy and her husband Mark. His funeral will be held at the Kyogle Catholic Church on Friday from 1pm.



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