Trucks rally in memory of man

The funeral for popular tow truck driver Malcolm Brian “Mac” Tong (right) was held at the Laidley Crematorium on Saturday. A procession of tow trucks followed the hearse.
The funeral for popular tow truck driver Malcolm Brian “Mac” Tong (right) was held at the Laidley Crematorium on Saturday. A procession of tow trucks followed the hearse. Rob Williams

A CONVOY of dozens of tow trucks eased its way from Tarampa to the Laidley crematorium at the weekend in honour of a popular figure.

Malcolm Brian “Mac” Tong was sitting listening to the police radio scanner when he died suddenly in his home on November 12, aged 60.

Mac’s devotion and professionalism earned him the respect not only of his fellow towies but also of emergency services workers he spent years working alongside. About 80 friends and family united to say their last goodbyes to Mac at the Laidley Crematorium on Saturday.

Son Scott Tong, 32, said even he was surprised by the level of respect his father had built.

“I knew dad well but I didn’t realise he had this much support in the community,” he said.

“It serves as testament to the man he was; you always knew where you stood with him. A lot of people didn’t agree with him but they always respected him.”

Born in Bedford, England on August 23, 1950, Mac was a keen footballer and played for the local representative teams.

He got out of school by taking up a mechanic’s apprenticeship with Ford where his passion for motor vehicles began.

Mac moved to Australia with his family aged 17, later enlisting with the army and serving overseas.

He eventually left the army and became a truck driver so he could pay off his new home in Brisbane.

Sons Troy, now 34 and Scott were born shortly after.

Mac moved to the Brisbane Valley town of Brightview more than 10 years ago and started working as a tow truck driver for Lehmann Motors.

Mac’s long-time boss, Lehmann Motors owner, Somerset Region mayor Graeme Lehmann was grieving his sudden death.

Cr Lehmann said Saturday’s procession was a fitting tribute and he thanked everybody involved in the memorial service.

“He always spoke his mind but he wasn’t the type of bloke to hold a grudge; people knew where he was coming from,” he said.

Ipswich police officer Sergeant John Holdcroft said he often worked with Mac at car crashes.

“He was very good at his job, very professional and by the book,” Sgt Holdcroft said.

“I got to know him as a loyal friend and a really good bloke.

“You knew you could call him at any hour and he would come out.”

In his later years, Mac started a new life with partner Dina.

In his eulogy, he was described as a devoted and adored grandfather, fondly known as “Grumpy”.

“His cheeky antics, quick-witted sense of humour and pull-no- punches view on life made him one of a kind,” the eulogy read.

“His passing has left a hole in the hearts of many and he will be missed each and every day.”

FATAL CRASH: Motorbike rider dies after serious accident

Ambulance with lights on

Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury

The man died on scene when a motorbike and a car collided.

The best places for lunch in Ipswich

A number of readers voted Brassall Seafood and Takeaway as the best place to grab lunch.

WE ASKED you where your favourite place to go for a local lunch is

Why these Ipswich teams are recharged for state league

Force co-captain Bree Farley (middle) keeps her teammates focused during Ipswich's comprehensive victory over Toowoomba on Saturday night.

Force basketballers have positive impact

Local Partners

Amy and Tyson Murr feast on My Kitchen Rules win

Controversial Queensland siblings secure $250,000 prize after out-cooking Valerie and Courtney Ferdinands in MKR finale.

Sam Thaiday stars in Broncos’ carpool karaoke

Sam Thaiday makes people laugh

What's on the small screen this week

My Kitchen Rule's mother and daughter contestants Valerie and Courtney.

MY KITCHEN Rules grand finalists face off and Love Child returns.

Ipswich serves up two home cooks for MasterChef auditions

CHASING A DREAM: Ipswich father Ben Ungermann, 32, has auditioned for the ninth season of MasterChef.

Dad of three makes it in front of MasterChef judges

Anthony LaPaglia steps out with new fiancee

Anthony LaPaglia.

Actor Anthony LaPaglia engaged to much younger girlfiend

Ronan Keating a dad for fourth time

Ronan Keating and Storm Keating.

Bouncing baby boy for Boyzone star

Falling rents could spell doom for housing prices

What if I told you housing in Australia was getting cheaper?

Couple gets rich renovating run-down city homes

RENO RADICALS: Baden and Nelson Marino-Hall have turned three Toowoomba homes around for profit, saying the Garden City was a haven for renovators like themselves.

The couple has already turned around three homes

Townhouse pitch raises questions over 'high density'

BIG PLANS: Residents have a chance to offer their opinion on plans to build 42 townhouses at Raceview.

Developer plans 42 townhouses for Ipswich suburb

7 million dollar city homes for sale right now

3 Keira Court, Blue Mountain Heights.

Here are seven of Toowoomba's best, and most expensive, houses

'Raping and pillaging': Landlord's anger with nightmare cost

Chris Duane, who is chairman of the body corporate for Terralina Court, says insurance companies are charging too much for premiums.

BODY corporate boss unleashes on huge costs dumped on home owners.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!