Updated | Family and football club pay tribute to Ian Perry of Cronulla who died in helicopter tragedy | County Leader of St George and Sutherland
Cronulla resident Ian Perry has been described by his family as ‘a loving husband, caring father, son and brother and a true friend to so many’ after his death in a helicopter crash north of Melbourne .
Miranda Magpies Football Club said Mr Perry was ‘part of the fabric of our club’ and ‘his infectious enthusiasm for life, football and the countless hours that Ian and Brooke have dedicated to the success of our club have left a mark indelible on not just our club, but those around them.”
Mr Perry, a financial consultant, was among five victims when the helicopter went down at Mt Disappointment last Thursday.
His wife Brooke and their children Rachael, Nathan and Jess shared their grief in a Facebook post
“Reaching out to friends and loved ones of Ian whom we may not have been able to reach,” Ms Perry wrote.
“We are devastated and at a loss for words. We are still in shock and know you must be too.
“He will be remembered as a loving husband, caring father, son and brother, and a true friend to so many.
“His warm smile and cheerful presence will have a lasting impact on his friends, family and colleagues here in Australia and around the world.
“We appreciate your love and kind thoughts, and we send ours back to you for your loss as well as ours. We will contact you soon with details for a celebration of his life.
“Please don’t send flowers. Ian will forever be in our hearts and memories.”
Miranda Magpies Football Club have expressed their “great sadness”.
“Ian has been part of the fabric of our club for the past 20 years, along with his family Brooke, Nathan, Jess and Rachel,” the club said in a Facebook post.
“Ian held several positions on our committee including Senior Vice President and Coaching Coordinator. Ian was a huge supporter of women’s football, where we enjoyed an era of success at local and national level under his watch. .
“His infectious enthusiasm for life, football and the countless hours that Ian and Brooke have dedicated to the success of our club have left an indelible mark not only on our club, but also on those around them.
“We will be eternally grateful and forever saddened by the loss of Ian ‘Pez’ Perry. Our deepest condolences go out to Brooke, Nathan, Jess and Rachel at this time.”
Financial consultant Ian Perry, from Cronulla, was among five victims of a helicopter crash north of Melbourne on Thursday.
Mr. Perry worked for digital trading firm AXIchain, which spearheaded initiatives to digitize livestock and beef supply chains.
The company’s founder and CEO, Linda Woodford, also died when the helicopter went down at Mt Disappointment.
AXIchain issued a statement on Saturday, expressing “utter disbelief and sadness” at the death of the two team members.
“Linda and Ian were involved in a fatal helicopter crash yesterday while visiting clients in rural Victoria,” the statement read.
“Linda was a driven visionary and an eternal optimist and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
“Ian was a respected member of the farming industry and a committed family man and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
“Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the families of Linda and Ian at this difficult time.
“Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences also go out to the families of the other three valued friends and colleagues who were on board the flight.
“We ask that the privacy of the families be respected at this sensitive time. Respectively, we will make further comments in due course.”
First AG Capital confirmed on Saturday that its co-founder and chief executive Nicholas Vasudeva, a father of three from Bellevue Hill, was among the victims.
“He was a true gentleman with a great sense of humor who was much loved by all of his colleagues, associates and family and will be greatly missed,” the company said.
Victorian meat-industry boss Paul Troja, 73, was the other passenger on board and is remembered as a passionate and accomplished leader.
The family of 32-year-old pilot Dean Neal say their son and brother are conscientious and professional pilots.
Australian Transport Safety Board crews are at the crash site and are expected to examine the scene for days.
Drone analysis of the helicopter’s flight path, as well as evaluation of flight control and weather recordings, will be part of the investigation.
The office’s chief commissioner, Angus Mitchell, said helicopter operator Microflite had a very strong safety record.
The company suspended all services until at least Tuesday.
The ATSB said it was the fifth fatal aviation accident across the country this year, with nine people killed in total.
The crash is also Victoria’s deadliest air disaster since February 2017, when five people were killed when a charter plane crashed into Melbourne’s Essendon DFO shopping centre.
This crash was the state’s worst civil aviation accident in 30 years.
With Australian Associated Press