Town mourns loss
TRIBUTES have poured in from a community mourning the loss of a "kind-hearted, caring and loving" local woman killed in a car crash in Casino this week.
Heather Flack was driving a Ford Falcon east along the Bruxner Hwy on Tuesday afternoon when she was involved in a crash with a west-bound Subaru Liberty.
Mrs Flack, a 62-year-old from Fairy Hill, died at the scene.
Her grandson, who was a passenger in the car, escaped with minor injuries.
The driver of the Subaru Liberty was taken to Lismore Base Hospital with leg, shoulder and chest injuries.
The Casino community came together yesterday to mourn the loss of a "brilliant woman" who always had a smile on her face.
Mrs Flack's husband, Kevin, is a board member of the Northern Co-operative Meat Company and a well-known cattle buyer and farmer in the Casino area.
The pair, married for more than 40 years, moved to Casino from Victoria in 1969.
Nerelle Hosking remembered her best friend as a quiet achiever who never made a fuss.
"If there was anybody who needed a kind word or special help, she would just go out and do it," Ms Hosking said.
"She never judged anybody and was always there when you needed a shoulder or an ear. She was loving and supporting and her two daughters were the apple of her eye."
A special moment for Mrs Flack, a proud nanny of three, was when two of her beloved grandchildren, Joe and Charlie, were born within 90 minutes of each other.
After working for Capital Car Sales for about 20 years and holding various positions with local businesses including Southern Cross and Summerland credit unions, she retired 18 months ago with the plan of travelling with her husband this year.
Mrs Flack loved to sew and cherished her gardens, which she worked hard on at each of the homes she and Mr Flack lived in.
Northern Co-Operative Meat Company chairman George Bennett said the meatworks community was in shock. "She was a brilliant woman," he said.
"It would not matter where you would see Heather, she would always have a smile on her face."
For almost 10 years, Mrs Flack and her family lived in a house only a few metres from where the fatal crash occurred on Tuesday.
A former neighbour and friend, Lorraine Ellet, said she was a wonderful person. "We treasured her friendship," she said.
Mrs Flack is survived by her husband Kevin, two daughters, Geraldine and Danielle, two sons-in-law Greg and Andrew, and three grandchildren, Joseph, Hannah and Charlie.