Tributes flow for 'truly kind-hearted' man killed in crash
A "GENTLE giant" who used his passion for cycling to help save lives has left a community feeling devastated after his death.
David Halliwell, affectionately known as "Woolie's Dave" by best mates, died on Saturday after a tragic road accident.
The 62-year-old leaves a hole not only in his "loving family", but in a cycling group who shared his love for the ride.
Friend of 15 years Trevor Dempsey said he was "absolutely gutted" by the news of Dave's passing.
"He was a likeable, honest man, and thought highly of by all cycling buddies" he said.
A "great family man", Trevor said his best mate would be mourned by his wife, two children and multiple grandchildren.
"He will be dearly missed," he said. "He was a great, great guy.
"I've had countless texts, even from people who he hadn't spoken to in years, offering condolences.
"He was very highly regarded."
Dave was looking forward to a retirement filled with what he loves doing most, Trevor said.
"He was going to do a lot of cycling in retirement," he said.
"He was a manager at Woolworths, and had been at Maroochydore for several years."
The Sippy Downs resident frequently raised money for cancer research, most notably through the gruelling Tour de Cure ride.
Dave faced a cancer diagnosis himself, having one of his kidneys removed after doctors found a tumour.
"He was extremely safe with regards to road rules and care," Trevor said.
"It shows what kind of man he was."
Multiple people also reached out on the Daily's Facebook page to share their own heartache over Dave's death.
"My heart hurts at the news," Sam Smart wrote. "The world lost a great man, who would do anything, for anyone. A truly kind-hearted human taken away too early."
"Dave was as genuine as you can get, will be missed," Cameron Saffery added.
"Such a loss," Mandy Smith said. "David was truly a great man who touched the lives of everyone who had the opportunity to work with him."
"Very sad," Glenn & Sue Bridge wrote. "Our love and thoughts are with Dave's family and friends.
"Heaven has gained a great man."