Local dad killed in car crash
A BUNDABERG family is devastated after dad Dennis Drady died in a car crash on his way back from a mercy mission to visit his sick step-son in Victoria.
His long-term partner, Rachel Berwick, said Mr Drady had flown to Melbourne to be with her and her son Tobias, who had just had surgery to remove a tumour on his lung.
The couple were then driving back to Bundaberg with youngest son Jonas when they were involved in a car crash near Shepparton.
“It was a tragic accident,” Miss Berwick said.
She said Mr Drady was a devoted father to his step-son Tobias, a daughter Abigael, and the couple’s four children Ceinwyn, Isaac, Ellawen and Jonas.
“He lived for his family; he loved to cook with the kids,” Miss Berwick said.
“When there was a big group of people, he’d sit with the kids and he’d always explain things to them - he would never brush anyone off.”
Miss Berwick said her partner was passionate about music and had a keen interest in sci-fi.
“He was very laid back, extremely intelligent, and a bit zany - he was a bit of a Trekkie (Star Trek fan),” she said.
“He loved music, and he’d always have a little dance when one of his favourite bands came on.”
The couple met over a game of pool when Miss Berwick stopped in Bundaberg on a road trip 11 years ago, and quickly bonded over their mutual love of music.
And Miss Berwick has been left with a lasting physical reminder of their shared passion.
“We both have a tattoo of music notes on our wrists that fit together to form a love heart,” she said.
She said Mr Drady was studying aviation at university when they met, but he took up a career building sheds as his family grew.
“He built sheds all over town. He loved his work,” she said.
“He really loved to look after his family, and do things like camp or go to music festivals, or play golf with his father and brother-in-law.”
She said the crash had taken a huge toll on the family.
“Isaac is a spitting image of his father, in every way,” Miss Berwick said.
“They’re still in shock. It’s a nightmare.”
Bushman Sheds owner Trevor De Git said Mr Drady had worked for the company for about 10 months, and the families were close friends.
“Denno was not only a great work colleague but a great friend to anyone that knew him,” Mr De Git said.
“He was always there to help in one way or another and will be sadly missed by all of his mates and colleagues.”
Mr Drady’s favourite song, Jerry Lee Lewis’s version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” will be played at his funeral on Monday.