LOVING SON: Aida Cuthbertson will always remember her son as having a
LOVING SON: Aida Cuthbertson will always remember her son as having a "heart the size of Australia". Brian was killed on Monday morning on the Bruce Hwy near Maryborough. Contributed

'He had a big heart': Maryborough crash victim remembered

"HE just had a big heart," Aida Cuthbertson said of her late son Brian.

"He had a big heart, bigger than Australia - bigger than the world."

It's Brian Cuthbertson's loving and kind nature that will be remembered by his family after he was tragically killed on the Bruce Hwy in a head-on collision with a truck south of the Henry Palmer Bridge on Monday morning.

The 46-year-old Maryborough man was the seventh person to die on the highway in as many days in a sad start to Road Safety Week.

Nothing bad could be said about Brian.

He was a "kind and helpful man", taken from the world too early, leaving behind his loving family

The Philippine-born golf enthusiast came to Australia when he was six years old and grew up on Sydney's Scotland Island.

Brian attended Mona Vale Primary School and Pittwater High School where he developed a love of yachting.

 

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Brian Cuthbertson.

Step-father Peter remembers bonding with Brian while they yacht raced fellow school students and parents.

"Boating was in our veins," he said.

A testament to Brian's strength and resilience was his successful battle against a rare form of cancer 12 years ago, which required part of his arm and shoulder to be replaced with titanium.

This didn't stop the avid amateur golfer from racking up the accolades with his "almost one-armed swing".

Unfortunately the bone replacement came with a pain threshold and required management which saw Brian take a break from his successful career in hospitality.

Brian's work life spanned the management of hotels on Fraser Island to the snow fields in Japan.

Although Aida said no words could describe her loss she could not stop singing Brian's praises.

"Whatever you wanted from Brian - you got it," she said.

"All his friends and family came first, he was a good man and we love him so much."

"Everyone he knows will miss him. It is very sad that these things happen.

Peter described his step-son as a man who "always pushed himself".

"He was a people person," he said.

"He just had this ability to attract people, it was very hard to dislike him.

"Even though he had limitations because of his medication and pain threshold he never stopped.

Aida and Peter said his brother Bobby along with Brian's nephews and nieces would miss their beloved family member.

"We miss him very much."

 

Brian Cuthbertson having a great time during the Gayndah Monthly Medal Final.
Brian Cuthbertson last yearhaving a great time during the Gayndah Monthly Medal Final. Adam McCleery

He lived life to the fullest

A CANCER survivor of 10 years, Brian Cuthbertson was best described by his friends as a resilient and selfless man who "lived life to the fullest".

Those closest to the 46-year-old Maryborough man could not believe such a "true caring gentleman" had been taken away.

Brian leaves behind a legacy of selfless acts, true friendships and a strong nature which saw him conquer cancer a decade ago.

Donna Saul said her friend was an incredible man who never took life for granted.

"Brian was diagnosed with bone cancer more than 10 years ago and had a titanium plate put in his shoulder," she said.

"He would often have to go to PA hospital regularly for his check ups but he was good now and in a beautiful place in his life.

"He loved his golf and he never not had a smile on that beautiful face.

"He was planning on going back to Japan for holidays. He was living life to the fullest. I'm going to miss him as many will. He was just a loving caring beautiful guy."

Known for his love of golf, Brian was always keen for an opportunity to take to a course.

Gayndah Golf Club president Michael Coulson has fond memories of the "positive, fun loving guy".

"He was just a lovely guy to talk to," he said.