Josh Smith who died in a crash while riding his motorbike on Sunday at the intersection of Bridge Rd and Goldsmith St.
Josh Smith who died in a crash while riding his motorbike on Sunday at the intersection of Bridge Rd and Goldsmith St. Contributed

Tributes flow for "cheeky mate" killed in bike crash

FAMILY, friends and workmates of Joshua Smith have expressed shock and sadness over the loss of such a "lovely" and "genuine" guy.

Better known as Josh, the 28-year-old was killed on Sunday evening when the motorbike he was riding and a sedan collided in East Mackay.

Older brother Chris Smith, 32, said it was hard to believe Josh was gone.

"I'll miss him. My partner will miss him," Mr Smith said.

Josh also had two nephews Jaxx, 18 months, and Archer, five months.

Mr Smith said the minute his brother arrived in Mackay he was like one of the locals because he fitted in so well.

Amy Hasegawa and her partner Troy Phillips are devastated by the death of their friend.

Ms Hasegawa said she'd known Josh for about 10 years and her partner had grown up with him at the Gold Coast.

The reality hadn't hit her or her partner yet - they still expected to hear the sound of Josh's motorbike as he approached their home.

The three spent a lot of time together and Josh had bonded with her and Mr Phillips's one-year-old son Tyler, Ms Hasegawa said.

She treasured those memories, she said.

"It's just so hard to believe that he's gone," Ms Hasegawa said.

"He's just such a nice guy. He'll be remembered."

Josh had moved to Mackay in March this year to work at The River Group's Mackay office.

Branch manager Stephanie Boyd said he fitted into 8the Mackay lifestyle immediately.

"He was just always happy, always had a smile on his face," Ms Boyd said.

"He was just so cheeky."

Mr Smith agreed Josh had always been cheeky from the moment he could walk and talk.

And he loved food. Josh was never one to walk away from a food challenge.

Ms Boyd  said his energy and enthusiasm was catching and he lifted the spirits of those around him.

"I'd often find myself smiling after chatting with him," she said.

Josh loved bikes, cars and his dog Cleo, a staffy-cross.

Ms Hasegawa was emotional as she described having to take Josh's beloved pet to the RSPCA.

And he was well liked and respected at work.

"Josh was my right-hand man," Ms Boyd said.

"He's just going to be missed so much."



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