Federal crash victim to be ‘missed by hundreds’

LOST FRIEND: Harry Faelmann with his best friend Scamp.
LOST FRIEND: Harry Faelmann with his best friend Scamp. Contributed

OUT along Middle Creek Rd at Federal, a loyal irish wolfhound-cross named Scamp waits for his master to come home.

He waits at the family's front gate every day and has done all his life.

But Harry Faelmann won't be coming home today.

The Energex meter reader and well known sports photographer died instantly in a head on smash a few kilometres away late Wednesday afternoon.

The crash occurred as Mr Faelmann rode his 1000cc Suzuki motorcycle through one of the more difficult bends in a road noted by residents for its blind corners and crests.

"I'm 67, I fly Cessnas and I've driven for years, and the only time I've ever come close to losing my life was right here," neighbour Erwin Baeriswyl said at the scene yesterday.

Mr Faelmann's distressed family spoke of the close bond shared by so many with their husband and father.

"He loved his motorcycles and he loved his sport and he could have a laugh with anyone," Mr Faelmann's wife Cathy said.

There would be hundreds of people throughout Pomona and the Gympie and Sunshine Coast sporting communities who would miss their good mate and supporter, she said.

"He was very much a part of the Federal community," daughter Jess said, expressing sentiments shared by her sister Hannah.

But few were as close to Harry as Scamp.

Mrs Faelmann told of a visitor from Ireland whose accent was so thick she despaired at making herself understood.

"Don't worry,' Harry told her, 'Scamp can translate, he's Irish," Mrs Faelmann recalled.

"He had a dry sense of humour that everyone loved. He could laugh with anyone.

"He loved his family and his friends," she said.

Mr Faelmann was 55.

His motorcycle burst into flames after impacting with a Subaru Forester coming the other way.

The Subaru driver, 39, was described by neighbors as new to the area.

An officer from Cooroy was first on the scene, Pomona officer in charge Dan McNamara said yesterday.

"He quickly performed CPR in an effort to save the man's life, before paramedics arrived," Sgt McNamara said.

The crash occurred about 5.30pm, and emergency workers tried in vain for about half an hour to revive Mr Faelmann, who was pronounced dead on the scene.

The RACQ CareFlight Rescue Helicopter was called to the scene, but not required, as fire crews also worked to extinguish the motorbike, which caught alight following the crash, Sgt McNamara said.

Mr Baeriswyl and a lifelong friend of Mr Faelmann, identified only as Michael, called for drastic speed limit cuts.

"Whey do they have to wait for people to be killed?" Mr Baeriswyl said.

Gympie Times

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