Daniel Wickham was a ‘true Aussie bloke’, loving family man
DANIEL Wickham was a loving family man who lived for his wife and three children.
The 30-year-old was killed in a tragic workplace tree-lopping accident on Monday.
As investigations into the worksite death continue, Daniel's wife Brodie yesterday said he started his tree-lopping business after Cyclone Marcia to provide a better life for his children, Crucias, aged one, Melisande, three, and Leonidus, five.
It has been a year from hell for the Wickham family.
"We lost our house in the cyclone so he started up his own business to help us get back on our feet," she said.
Brodie said the couple had lost a baby in the early stages of pregnancy not long before Marcia destroyed their Yeppoon rental home.
She said Daniel volunteered as a tree-lopper for weeks, until their own financial circumstances forced him to start the business where he was working up to seven days a week to provide for the family.
He'd previously been a builder until work dried up before Marcia struck.
"He was doing everything he could to make ends meet and give the kids a better life," Brodie said.
A keen fisherman, Brodie said Daniel would spend every day off he had out on the water and often took his children with him.
In September, Daniel made front-page news after he was stung by a stingray while fishing near Corio Bay.
Shortly afterwards he was also stung by a jellyfish.
Brodie said Daniel took workplace safety very seriously.
She said he was always making sure members of his work team were also safety conscious.
"Safety was always at the front of his mind, he was pretty crazy about it," she said.
Brodie said she had been supported by family and friends since the tragedy, but also wanted to thank members of the community who had also reached out to her after hearing the news.
She described Daniel as "a true Aussie bloke".
"He was just very decent with good values," Brodie said.