THE APOLLO BAY community has rallied together to support the family of well-known resident Bryan Noseda who died in a truck accident this week.
The concreter was working on a house at Overview Crescent at Apollo Bay when his truck rolled over him before crashing into a house on Seaview Drive about 8.50am on Wednesday.
Mr Noseda, 48, died at the scene and tributes were quick to start flowing in for the popular Apollo Bay identity.
The community has thrown their support behind Mr Noseda’s family, son Matt, 19, daughter Joey, 17, son Isaac, 11, and former wife of 25 years Amber O’Meara.
Matt said the family had already received a huge amount of support from the community which helped the family through the early stages of their grief.
“We’ve had a lot of support from friends and family and that’s been outstanding; we had about 40 people at our house last night,” he told the Colac Herald yesterday.
Matt said he would remember his dad as a hard-working man and “a good bloke”.
“When I think about Dad I think about a very honest, trustworthy person who was always willing to help someone out no matter who they were,” he said.
“Whether he knew them or not he was just there for everyone.
“Whenever there were new people in town he would just try and make them feel welcome.”
Mr Noseda grew up in the coastal town, was a successful business owner and dedicated member of the Apollo Bay Football Club, where played more than 500 games.
His eldest son said he and his dad had taken up assistant coaching duties under Harley Soall for the Hawks’ reserve team this season.
He said taking up the role alongside his dad gave them another connection and helped them stay in touch while Matt lived at Geelong for university.
Matt said he was glad to have had the short time coaching alongside his dad.
“He was very into his footy and so am I and we were coaching this year together, we were the assistant coaches and he was teaching me how to coach,” he said.
“He was always just trying to help me out with whatever I was trying to do and he would just always support me.”
Matt said he expected the Hawks’ home game tomorrow would be a big event and a great opportunity for the community to remember Mr Noseda, an “icon” of the town.
He said the family would stick together over the coming weeks and wanted to thank the community for their support.
“We’ll just be together and take it day by day and support each other through it,” he said.
“We’d also just like to thank everyone who has shown their support for us and who have all been there and sent their best wishes to us, it’s definitely helping us get through it all.”