Killed on way back to Gympie
A FATAL crash along the deadly Bruce Highway on Thursday has claimed another of the region's residents.
Gympie-born Wayne Choy Show, 67, has been named as the deceased man.
He was on the way to Gympie from his Maroochydore home when the highway at Black Mountain took his life about 9.40am.
Witnesses say his hatchback lost control after clipping a guard rail before colliding head-on with a south-bound car.
Mr Choy Show was a Gold Life Master of Bridge and a member of the Tozer Street Bridge Club.
His partner, Marg Watson, friends and last remaining family were yesterday mourning his loss.
Tozer Street Bridge Club member Jeanette Roughley remembered her friend as a quiet and determined person.
She said Ms Watson had called yesterday with the news of his death.
ONE of the Tozer Street Bridge Club's highest ranking players Wayne Choy Show, who died in a high speed crash yesterday, still owned property in Gympie but had retired and moved to Maroochydore after his mother's death about five years ago.
Fellow bridge player Jeanette Roughley said he was coming to Gympie for business before the crash.
“Marg (Watson, his partner) is holding up very well, she's probably still in shock,” she said.
Fortunately Ms Watson's two sisters were coming to visit this week and should both be over from Canada today.
“He'll certainly be missed in the bridge community.
“I never partnered with him, but played in the same competitions.
“There was never any fuss with Wayne.”
Mrs Roughley said Mr Choy Show was an “ardent” bridge player and had been so successful he travelled around Queensland and the rest of the nation playing the card game.
“He was a Gold Life Master and got very high up.”
She remembered he would go about his work quietly and put a lot of effort into bridge in the Wide Bay region.
“Whatever he did he put a lot into it.”
His family was long standing in Gympie and owned a fruit shop in Mary Street, where Foto First now stands.
Mr Choy Show has one remaining family member, a sister named Melanie, and no immediate family living in Gympie.
Early in his career he studied to become an engineer and worked around Australia, Mrs Roughley says.
She remembered in later years he had some heart complications, but otherwise was in good health.
After Thursday's crash an emergency services spokesperson said Mr Choy Show was thrown from his vehicle as it spun out of control on the Bruce Highway.
The car he collided with was carrying two German tourists, who had minor injuries as a result of the head-on smash.