Tim Gibb traveled alone from Franz Josef to Rangiora close to Christchurch, however by no means arrived.
A search revealed that his aircraft had crashed close to Mount Nicholson within the Southern Alps, however climate circumstances prevented helicopters from touchdown on the web site.
Gibb was a long-term resident and enterprise proprietor of Franz Josef.
He leaves behind his spouse Vanessa and grown daughters Olivia and Sarah.
Household mates have a giveaway web page to assist the household and get Sarah residence from overseas. By early afternoon, it had raised greater than $24,000.
Sarah was touring and was in Croatia when her father died.
“Lots of you’ll most likely be digesting the devastating information that, tragically, Tim Gibb was killed in a aircraft crash yesterday,” his buddy wrote on the fundraising web page.
“That is devastating information and an incredible loss to our very close-knit group. Tim Gibb was identified to many.”
Gibb was deputy hearth chief in Franz Josef and devoted practically twenty years to the fireplace service and hearth and emergency companies in New Zealand.
“He was additionally the civil protection officer for Franz,” the buddy mentioned.
“Tim gave all his time to everybody and everybody to verify they all the time come first.
“Covid has been robust on this household that runs a small enterprise – Throughout Nation Quad Bikes.
“We’re calling on the group on your assist to assist with the rapid bills of bringing Sarah residence from Croatia to assist Vanessa and Olivia to allow them to grieve collectively as a household.”
Stuff stories that Gibb gained some notoriety when he introduced in gear to move vehicles and folks throughout the Waiho River when the bridge was washed away in 2019.
He introduced as much as 30 vehicles and 100 individuals a day throughout the river with a 38-ton dump truck.
Those that knew Gibb and his household paid tribute on social media.
“Phrases can’t describe absolutely the tragedy of this accident, and what an enormous gap within the Gibb household and Franz Josef and surrounding areas that Tim has left behind,” wrote Jamie Norton.
“I do not assume anybody on the West Coast, perhaps even the South Island… would not know or hear about Tim Gibb.
“Somebody you may all the time rely on if you wanted one thing, regardless of the time of day or evening, who would assist, supply a meal or do a patch-up to get you shifting.”
Norton was “heartbroken” for Gibb’s spouse and daughters.
“I want I may by some means take the ache away, however sadly that is simply not potential.”
Franz Josef Glacier College additionally posted.
“Not solely is Tim an ex-student of our small college, however we additionally had the pleasure of instructing Sarah and Olivia,” a spokesperson mentioned.
He and Vanessa have achieved lots for us over time and Tim just lately spent the afternoon with us displaying our youngsters all of the cool stuff within the hearth truck.
“You may be missed, our buddy.”