Road transport stalwart, Stephen Brown, has passed away due to invasive cancer.
Stephen was the founder and Managing Director of 1st Fleet, the former Sydney based national logistics and express road freight company.
Brown also won a Don Watson Memorial Award in 2003 for his conspicuous service to the Australian trucking industry.
Former Western Star Trucks Australia National Fleet Manager, Bruce McKee, said he was fortunate to know Brown as a friend.
“Stephen Brown was a force of nature, he could be loud, brash, outrageous and totally politically incorrect, but with a generous heart of gold,” he said.
“He was a road transport entrepreneur, a risk taker, backing his judgement in running a successful road transport enterprise for over 25 years.
“I was extremely fortunate to know him as an equipment supplier, industry associate, and for a brief time as an employee, but most importantly he was a great friend.
“He was extremely loyal to his customers, employees, suppliers and mates. He was a unique character, one of the road transport industry good guys, a champion bloke, I will miss him dearly.”