Neighbours grieve for tragic loss of devoted family man

Ross Healy and son Ethan at the 2012 Boyne Tannum Hook Up at Bray Park.
Ross Healy and son Ethan at the 2012 Boyne Tannum Hook Up at Bray Park. Brenda Strong

TEARFUL neighbours have paid tribute to a "wonderful man who lived for his kids".

Boyne Island father of three Ross Healy was killed when struck by a four-wheel-drive on Old Tannum Rd on Sunday morning.

Praised as a hard-working, devoted family man, residents in Tasman Court said they were struggling to come to terms with the loss, but promised to pull together to support the young family Mr Healy had left behind.

"He was a great family man and a terrific worker," neighbour Helen said. "Between jobs he built our retaining wall and he just loved physical work.

"His kids just loved him. He'd come home and go outside and play with them even though he worked long hours, and he always had time and energy for his kids."

Next-door neighbour Lisa Judd was still trying to deal with the news, and was thinking of the young family.

"I'm in shock. They don't deserve this at all," an emotional Ms Judd said.

"He was just a great guy; he absolutely adored his family."

Ms Judd said she had no doubt the street would come together to offer whatever was needed to support the young family, but was clearly shaken at the sudden loss of a friend.

"He was a wonderful neighbour who lived for his children," she said. "He made a beautiful home as well as a beautiful family."

Neighbourhood sentiment showed that Mr Healy had a tremendous work ethic and a great affection for his family.

"He'll be greatly missed," Ms Judd said. "On his days off he still worked hard.

"He was always in the yard making everything beautiful for everyone."

Neighbour Helen said Mr Healy's grieving partner was a strong person and a great mum.

Helen said her heart went out to the family.

"I hate to imagine what they're going through, and she (Mr Healy's partner) was the making of him," she said.

"He got on with everybody, was a nice guy, a family man, a hard worker, that's how I'd sum him up.

"He liked a bit of fun and was just a normal guy."

Ms Judd said she had no doubt the street would rally around her neighbour after the tragic loss.

Brenda Strong

Police still investigating accident

POLICE are still investigating the death of 31-year-old Ross Healy, who was struck down by a four-wheel-drive on Old Tannum Sands Rd on Sunday morning.

Tannum Sands Police Acting Senior Sergeant John Meiers said authorities were yet to perform a post-mortem to determine the exact cause of death.

"It appears (Mr Healy) was walking on the roadway and may have lain on the bitumen close to the fog line and been struck by a passing motor vehicle," Senior Sergeant Meiers said.

At 6am, the car and pedestrian collided near the Broadacres Dr intersection.

Mr Healy was announced dead at the scene after the police and ambulance arrived.

Snr Sgt Meiers said the driver had told police he did not know what he had hit and continued down the road before performing a safe u-turn.

In the meantime another motorist pulled over after seeing a young man lying on the road, and contacted the Tannum Sands Police Station.

The drivers of both vehicles stayed with him until the police and ambulance arrived.

Tannum Sands Police have spoken to both drivers and a few witnesses.

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