A Busselton great-grandfather and his wife were visiting friends they had made during an overseas holiday when he was killed in a horror truck crash in Sydney's northern beaches last week.
Graham John Holtfreter's family yesterday remembered the 71-year-old as a devoted husband and family man who would be sadly missed.
"Dad was a man of integrity who could be counted on for his diligence, ingenuity and enthusiasm," they said.
"He was fun to be around."
Mr Holtfreter's wife Maxine and her NSW friend were rescued from their burning car after it was hit by an out-of-control petrol tanker but the women's husbands died at the scene.
Cootes Transport had 70 vehicles grounded because of safety failings uncovered by investigators after the fatal tanker crash, with 62 taken off the roads in Victoria and eight in New South Wales.An audit found faults and 126 defect notices were issued against Cootes Transport trucks after the crash.