Shadforth’s Civil Engineering has released news that its director Geoff Shadforth passed away yesterday afternoon following a tragic accident while participating in a charity motorbike event in Cambodia.
Geoff Shadforth was 35 years old and leaves his wife Helen and two young children. He is the son of Shadforths Civil Contractors founder Peter Shadforth, Peter’s wife Noelene and brother to Amanda and brother in law Sam.
Cousin and fellow director Ray Shadforth said Geoff was on his first day of sight seeing tour around a temple when he fell from his bike in a seemingly harmless accident.
“Unfortunately he got progressively worse over a short period of time and despite the best efforts of his team members they were unable to resuscitate him while waiting for a helicopter to fly him into the closest city. Sadly he never made it alive to the hospital.
“Geoff leaves an important legacy to the Shadforths business, he grew up with his dad around the business, helping out in his school holidays and then became an employee after his completed his university degree. He became a director in 2008 and he helped take the business to a new level.
“Geoff was calm and articulate and well respected by staff and his peers. His determination to create our successful subsidiary business AusRoads is testimony to his vision and commitment to the company, Ray said.
Ray Shadforth said the Shadforth family will unite and strengthen from this tragedy in the way that Geoff would have wanted.
“Family was important to Geoff, he loved his wife and children and we are comforted knowing he passed away supporting a charity which supports children,” he said.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Jamieson expressed his sympathies to the Shadforth family.
“On behalf of the whole region I’d like to express my deep regret at the death of Sunshine Coast businessman Geoff Shadforth.
Geoff was a friend of mine, and a friend of many on the Sunshine Coast.
His untimely death is a sad day for the region; he was a young man who contributed greatly to the community, and he will be missed by many.
I’d like to extend my sympathy to his mother Noelene and father Peter, wife Helen and their two young daughters, and the close-knit Shadforth family.
The Shadforths are one of the region’s most respected families, they have made a significant contribution to the Sunshine Coast over many years – today we share their loss.”