THE chief of haulage company Greenfreight’s logging division has been remembered for his “great integrity” that helped the North East firm become one of Australia’s biggest softwood transporters.
Geoff Green died at the age of 65 on Monday after having battled leukaemia.
His nephew and Greenfreight group managing director Tony Green yesterday paid a heartfelt tribute.
“Geoff was a man of great integrity who made an immeasurable contribution to the culture of our business today,” Mr Green said.
“His passing has left a large hole, not only in our personal lives but our professional lives.”
Geoff Green joined Greenfreight, which was formed by his late brother Fred, in 1980 and oversaw the logging division.
Greenfreight Logging began with a contract to transport timber for Ettamogah’s Australian Newsprint Mills, now Norske Skog, and now has deals with HVP in Victoria and NSW State Forests.
Friend David Wettenhall, who was a manager at Myrtleford’s Australian Forest Industries timber mill in the 1980s, praised Mr Green’s tolerance.
“He was a really patient man, he would put up with young people being naive and enthusiastic and he would guide them and coach them. That’s my enduring memory of Geoff,” Mr Wettenhall said.
Mr Green was born in Melbourne in 1948 and attended Geelong Grammar before graduating from Melbourne University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry.
He worked in Darwin for a government forestry department where he met his wife Gerry while in the Northern Territory.
After moving to Myrtleford to work for the family company, Mr Green also became involved in community activities.
As a Lions Club member he was involved in the Tobacco, Hops and Timber Festival, helping guide princesses and driving his Austin Healey in the parade.
He also supported Myrtleford’s football and netball club, golf club, boat club, ski club, junior sporting clubs and schools and chamber of commerce.
He was inducted into the hall of fame of the Australian Forestry Contractors Association in 2010.
Mr Green is survived by his wife Gerry, daughter Anna and her husband Craig, son Ben and his wife Kellie and grandson Xavier.
His funeral will be held at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Myrtleford, from 11am Monday.