Timothy Pullen.
Timothy Pullen.

Tim's birthday will be sad memory for Pullens

TODAY is Tim Pullen's 36th birthday.

But there will be no cake with candles, no gifts, hugs or phone calls.

Instead the family of the suspected murder victim will grieve quietly in their own ways while continuing to wait for the phone call they don't want, yet desperately need, telling them his body has been found.

Tim's parents Gary and Leanne Pullen might do some fishing, because it was something Tim loved.

His youngest sister will eat melting moments biscuits, because they were Tim's favourite treat and she loved to buy them for him.

All three sisters will remember the big brother who teased them mercilessly but loved them just as fiercely.

Timothy Pullen.
Timothy Pullen.

Timmy Pullen was just five years old when he decided what he wanted to do in life, and that was race BMX bikes. He even told the religious instruction teacher that he didn't need information about Sunday School - "Miss, I don't need one of those forms, I have BMX on Sundays".

And race he did.

The family packed up and travelled the length of the country so Tim could compete, which he did at both national and international level, for 12 years.

"It was a big part of our lives, and we did it together," Leanne Pullen said.

At 17 Tim moved on to cycling, but he was also into wakeboarding and cricket.

At school he was something of a perfectionist, poring over a graphics assignment to score a mark of 100%, and he loved drawing but it had to be perfectly neat.

After he finished school Tim did his trade in motor trimming at Coburn Motor Trimmers and was good enough to win awards at TAFE for this work.

"He produced beautiful upholstery," his sister said.

This baby photo of Timothy Pullen is one of the family’s treasured reminders of their son and brother.
This baby photo of Timothy Pullen is one of the family’s treasured reminders of their son and brother.

"He loved his work, his trade," Leanne Pullen said.

Tim was wonderful with old people and loved children. He would don rabbit ears to amuse young nephews, and shared much laughter with his grandmother.

"He was so great with my mum, he had great conversations with her," Mrs Pullen said.

"He could tell you some bull and do it so well you believed him.

"She had a laugh every day with Tim."

The Pullens are a giving and generous family. In the past seven years Leanne Pullen, with the support of her husband, Gary, has raised $450,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

She did so because the service had helped her husband and she wanted to repay the favour. She has done so in spades.

The right thing now would be for someone to give Leanne and her family what they need - a son and brother to lay to rest.

Five people have been charged in relation to the suspected murder of Tim Pullen.

The prosecution has been granted a lengthy adjournment to compile evidence.

However, police are still urging anyone with information to come forward.Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Mackay CIB on 4968 3533.

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