Tim Gibb traveled alone from Franz Josef to Rangiora close to Christchurch, however by no means arrived.
A search revealed that his airplane had crashed close to Mount Nicholson within the Southern Alps, however climate situations 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.
“A lot of you’ll in all probability be digesting the devastating information that, tragically, Tim Gibb was killed in a airplane crash yesterday,” his buddy wrote on the fundraising web page.
“That is devastating information and an important loss to our very close-knit neighborhood. Tim Gibb was recognized to many.”
Gibb was deputy fireplace chief in Franz Josef and devoted practically 20 years to the fireplace service and fireplace and emergency providers in New Zealand.
“He was additionally the civil protection officer for Franz,” the pal mentioned.
“Tim gave all his time to everybody and everybody to ensure 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 neighborhood to your assist to assist with the quick bills of bringing Sarah residence from Croatia to assist Vanessa and Olivia to allow them to grieve collectively as a household.”
Stuff experiences that Gibb gained some notoriety when he introduced in tools to move automobiles and folks throughout the Waiho River when the bridge was washed away in 2019.
He introduced as much as 30 automobiles and 100 folks 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 not 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 might all the time rely on if you wanted one thing, regardless of the time of day or evening, who would help, supply a meal or do a patch-up to get you shifting.”
Norton was “heartbroken” for Gibb’s spouse and daughters.
“I want I might in some way take the ache away, however sadly that is simply not attainable.”
Franz Josef Glacier Faculty additionally posted.
“Not solely is Tim an ex-student of our small faculty, however we additionally had the pleasure of educating Sarah and Olivia,” a spokesperson mentioned.
He and Vanessa have carried out so much for us over time and Tim not too long ago spent the afternoon with us displaying our youngsters all of the cool stuff within the fireplace truck.
“You may be missed, our pal.”