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Family mourns ex-Army corporal killed in workplace tragedy

REMEMBERED: Michael Passey was killed in a tragic workplace accident at Palmview on Monday morning. Pictured is Michael and partner Sam Holt.
REMEMBERED: Michael Passey was killed in a tragic workplace accident at Palmview on Monday morning. Pictured is Michael and partner Sam Holt. Contributed

THE FAMILY of former Army Corporal Michael Passey, the worker killed in a tragic workplace accident at Palmview, is mourning the death of a "great guy".  

He died despite the heroic efforts of nearby workers and paramedics who were unable to revive him.  

Mr Passey was killed when a passing truck's stabiliser struck his work van, pushing the van onto Mr Passey as he stood at the rear of the vehicle.

His partner of 12 years, Sam Holt, said Mr Passey was a kind man who would "help anyone out if they needed help fixing something".  

"He was funny. He had a great sense of humour," Ms Holt said.  

"He was very kind-hearted. He loved me, he loved my kids."  

REMEMBERED: Michael Passey was killed in a tragic workplace accident at Palmview on Monday morning.
REMEMBERED: Michael Passey was killed in a tragic workplace accident at Palmview on Monday morning. Contributed

The 58-year-old was a passionate golfer who lived alongside his beloved Headland Golf Club.  

He'd been a Stegbar employee of about 15 years and was working in the Harmony housing estate when the accident occurred.  

He suffered serious injuries and nearby workers retrieved jacks from their vehicles to try and lift the van off him and save his life, sadly to no avail.  

Mr Passey was a Headland Golf Club member for about 40 years in total, having signed up as a junior in the 1970s.   Mr Passey was born in Melbourne and has an adult daughter in Perth.  

REMEMBERED: Michael Passey was killed in a tragic workplace accident at Palmview on Monday morning. Pictured is Michael and partner Sam Holt.
REMEMBERED: Michael Passey was killed in a tragic workplace accident at Palmview on Monday morning. Pictured is Michael and partner Sam Holt. Contributed

He served in Honolulu, Scotland and the Solomon Islands during his 12 years serving as an engineer in the Army.

His father, Brian, said Mr Passey had become a qualified builder and built several spec homes before joining Stegbar.  

He loved his rugby and sport in general, but Brian said there "wasn't much else apart from golf" that his son enjoyed doing in his spare time.  

"He loved his golf club," Ms Holt said.  

Stegbar regional branch manager and close friend Jeff Lovell paid tribute to Mr Passey after what he described as a "tragic accident".  

"He was a great guy," he said.  

REMEMBERED: Michael Passey was killed in a tragic workplace accident at Palmview on Monday morning. Pictured is Michael and partner Sam Holt.
REMEMBERED: Michael Passey was killed in a tragic workplace accident at Palmview on Monday morning. Pictured is Michael and partner Sam Holt. Contributed

Mr Lovell said Mr Passey loved getting out on the greens twice a week, swinging his clubs every Wednesday and Saturday.  

Funeral details are yet to be finalised and police are preparing a report for the Coroner and charges were yet to be laid over the incident.  

Forensic Crash Unit officers along with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland investigators are continuing to look into the incident.

A celebration of Mr Passey's life will be held at 3pm at Headland Golf Club this Friday.

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