The Brisbane Times
Geoff Shadforth. Photo: Sunshine Coast Daily
Leading Sunshine Coast businessman and father-of-two Geoff Shadforth has died while taking part in a charity motorcycle event in Cambodia.
Cousin Ray Shadforth said Geoff was on his first day of the sight seeing tour at a temple when he fell from his bike in a "seemingly harmless accident" on Monday afternoon.
"Unfortunately he got progressively worse over a short period of time and despite the best efforts of his team members they were unable to resuscitate him while waiting for a helicopter to fly him into the closest city," he said in a statement.
"Sadly he never made it alive to the hospital."
The 35-year-old leaves behind his wife Helen and two young children.
Geoff is the son of Shadforths Civil Contractors founder Peter Shadforth and wife Noelene, as well as brother to Amanda and brother-in-law to Sam.
Ray Shadforth said the family would "unite and strengthen from this tragedy in the way that Geoff would have wanted".
“Family was important to Geoff, he loved his wife and children and we are comforted knowing he passed away supporting a charity which supports children,” he said.
In the statement, the family requested privacy and said it would make no further public statements until funeral arrangements were confirmed.
The Sunshine Coast Daily reports local Mayor Mark Jamieson took a moment at a press conference to remember his late friend.
"My sympathy goes to Geoff's mother and father, wife Helen and their two small children and to the wider Shadforth family on behalf of all Sunshine Coast residents," he said.
"... It's a sad day for our community when we lose someone who has made such a contribution to the Sunshine Coast."
Shadforth Civil Contractors is a family-owned business that has contributed to the Sunshine Coast community during the past 40 years.
In 2008, Geoff and his cousin Ray were made directors of the engineering company, which completes projects throughout Queensland and has an annual $200 million turnover.
"Geoff leaves an important legacy to the Shadforths business," Ray said.
"He grew up with his dad around the business, helping out in his school holidays and then became an employee after his completed his university degree.
"He became a director in 2008 and he helped take the business to a new level.
“Geoff was calm and articulate and well respected by staff and his peers. His determination to create our successful subsidiary business AusRoads is testimony to his vision and commitment to the company."