Rex’s tough love prepared family for life without him

Point Vernon's Harrison family will be without husband and father Rex this Christmas.
Point Vernon's Harrison family will be without husband and father Rex this Christmas. Contributed

POINT Vernon father-of-three Rex Harrison had a reputation for dishing out a bit of tough love when it came to cheering on his children from the sideline, saying goodbye when he left for weeks of work or starting new employees.

Rex was the type of man who didn't take over when others needed help with a challenge - he'd just be there alongside supporting them through it.

On reflection, his wife Rachelle said it was almost like Rex had prepared them for life without their ideas man, guiding their growth and independence.

Rex Harrison.
Rex Harrison. Contributed

Rachelle said after the fatal crash at Biloela which stole Rex, a group of family and friends visited his project worksite.

Given Rex's friendliness, Rachelle said she had expected a good turnout of support.

She said Rex was a loveable and generous man, minus the softness.

Instead of Rex's 60 employees gathering for a small service, 600 people came to pay their respects.

"It was beyond words to recognise how many lives he had touched," Rachelle said.

The fun-loving and considerate 43-year-old will be missed by his children Blake, 8, Luke, 11, and Karlee, 13.

Friend Calvin "Woody" Woodhouse of Perth said his Maori bro had a heart of gold and would do anything for anybody.

"He was an absolute family man," he said.

Work colleagues told Rachelle, Rex treated every person on site with the same level of respect.

Friend Kerry Darlington-Day of Hervey Bay said Rex was a genius and really nurtured people to be their best, acting as a mentor for some of his peers.

The Harrison family have lived in a handful of different places, but found a home in Point Vernon six years ago.

A funeral service for Rex will be held on Friday at the Orana Chapel of J Kirk & Sons on Urraween Rd at 1.30pm.

The family have request no flowers but instead mourners can donate to a trust fund. Phone 0448 790 003 for details.

Police still investigating crash

BILOELA police say they are still investigating the November 19 crash which claimed the life of 43-year-old Rex Harrison.

The truck and four-wheel drive involved were travelling in opposite directions along the Dawson Hwy at the time of the incident.

The Point Vernon man was behind the wheel of the four-wheel drive Toyota LandCruiser.

His family said he had only been driving a 10-minute trip back to his worksite after going into the township of Biloela after work at 8pm.

Mr Harrison, plant manager for a pipeline project, was badly injured and trapped in his vehicle before being freed and then taken to Biloela Hospital, but he later died from his injuries.

The truck driver was also transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

There were no witnesses to the crash.

Karlee, Rachelle, Luke and Blake Harrison without husband and father Rex Harrison.
Karlee, Rachelle, Luke and Blake Harrison without husband and father Rex Harrison. Valerie Horton

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