GONE TOO SOON: Andrew Perkins.
GONE TOO SOON: Andrew Perkins. Contributed

Biggenden car crash victim put family first

MELINDA Perkins will always regard "incredible brother" Andrew as her best friend.

Andrew's family has honoured the beloved son, father and brother who tragically died in a car crash near Biggenden on January30.

"We will remember Andrew through the many people still left behind whose lives he touched so positively," Melinda said.

Mum Cheryl said her 41-year-old son always placed his family above anything else.

"He always spoke highly of his family and loved them more than anything in life," she said.

"To his children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces he was a good father, grandfather and uncle.

"Every single one of them got the very best from him.

"His role in their lives will forever remain exemplary."

Andrew was born on March 12, 1974 in Tauranga, New Zealand.

He moved to Australia with parents Ralph and Cheryl the same year to live at Empire Bay in New South Wales.

The Perkins family moved to Biggenden in March 2001 and found jobs fruit picking and packing at Campbell's Orchard.

Cheryl said Andrew was a friendly man always up for a chat with anyone.

He also enjoyed heading to the beach, fishing, camping, watching Bathurst and hunting in New Zealand with his father.

Andrew met Rachel in 2012 and became stepfather to Rachel's five children Chloe, Kirra, Caitlin, Lachlan and Dakotah and grandfather to Chloe's two children Cohen and Ella. Son Kaleb joined the family on April 18, 2013.

Cheryl said Andrew was a "free spirit" taken too soon.

"He was a dreamer. He could enter a room and brighten it with his smile, his attitude, or just his presence," she said.

Melinda said Andrew left behind a legacy in his three children, Kurtis, Karlos and Kaleb.

"Through them you leave this world a better place than when you found it.

"For that you have to be very proud."


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