Former Narromine businessman Ian Head has been honoured at a Darling Harbour Ceremony on the International Day of Mourning, six months after he lost his life while on the job for Sydney Trains.
While in Narromine he was the “face of fresh bread, sweet treats and caffeine”.
The baker turned rail protection officer owned the Narromine bakery, now known as Brenno’s Hotbake, since the late 1980s.
Moving to Narromine in 1978, Mr Head wasted no time meeting the love of his life, local girl Julie who he later married in 1980.
The pair had three children, Trent (37), Kristie (36) and Becky (34) who all attended Narromine Public school and Narromine High.
Mr Head’s son Trent has paid tribute to his father at Safe Work NSW and unions reflection day.
“My father was 68-years-old, fit and healthy, enjoyed life particularly watching his beautiful newborn granddaughter grow,” Mr Head said.
“My dad was everything to me, a hero, a man whose family was his whole world. My dad worked selflessly to give us all the opportunities he never had.”
Comments on Facebook pay tribute to Mr Head who has been remembered as hard working, generous “local legend”.
“A local legend lost he was a true gentleman worked hard, had a very successful business but still had time for people. Ian Head taken too early,” Robert Handsaker said.
“So sorry to hear a great loss to society. I remember him as a hard working community person,” Paula Letitia Maree Edmunds said.
“Ian was one of the nicest and most generous person I have ever had dealings with,” Ronda Gaffney expressed.
Mr Head died in a car crash on the F3 Motorway near Fassifern while working for Sydney Trains contractor Multi Civil and Rail.
SafeWork NSW continues to investigate Mr Heads death and a family member said they had been advised by Sydney Trains to speak with police about the incident.
April 28 is regarded at the International Day of Mourning where countries around the world pay tribute to those who have lost their lives due to workplace incidents or occupational diseases.
The International Day of Mourning is a sad reminder to everybody to take a moment to think about the significance of work health and safety and how workplace incidents affect those around us.