John McCarroll is a man who spent a lifetime in the transport industry.
The high regard he is held in was apparent on Friday as about 80 trucks and other vehicles took part in a drive-by past his house as a tribute to the man they called their friend.
Sadly Mr McCarroll has late-stage cancer.
The drive-by came on Mr McCarroll’s last day at home.
Later on Friday he was moved to palliative care.
Mr McCarroll was diagnosed with melanoma cancer in December last year after he broke his leg.
He received radiation treatment in Shepparton, but was unable to finish it after he had a reaction to it.
Earlier this week a group of friends in the transport industry started phoning around others in the Goulburn Valley to see if they could organise the tribute.
What was able to occur just four days later certainly says something about the man.
After many years being involved in the Variety Bash, Mr McCarroll’s car from those events was the vehicle that led the convoy.
Mr McCarroll was joined by his wife Carmel and one of his sons Jamie as he watched on from a hospital bed that had been wheeled into the driveway.
His other son Patrick was not able to be there as he is in Western Australia.
Other family members and close friends, including his brothers Maurice and Kevin, also stood close by, to watch the convoy as it passed Mr McCarroll’s The Boulevard home.
Trucks honked their horns, while others waved out windows or gave him the thumbs up, as they said their final goodbye.
Some even jumped out of their trucks to give him a hug.
Neighbours also lined the street to pay their respects.
I doubt there was a dry eye in the house as the sheer size of the drive-by became apparent.
It was easy to tell exactly what all these people thought of him.
With the vehicles driving past once, and then looping around to come past a second time, the entire thing took half an hour just in front of his home.
There were trucks from the Shepparton area, and others from Finley, Tocumwal, Euroa, Violet Town, Colbinabbin, Rushworth, Tatura, Numurkah and Echuca just to name a few.
Mr McCarroll was in disbelief that something like this had been organised for him.
“It’s fantastic. I can’t believe it,” he said.
“How good are they. I can’t get over it.
“I would like to say thank you to everyone involved.
“There’s some fantastic people in the industry.
“Old workmates and people who’ve helped me and I’ve helped them.”
Mrs McCarroll also thanked all those involved in the day.
“It shows how everyone appreciates him. He actually gets to see it now,” she said.
Working as a diesel mechanic, Mr McCarroll started in the transport industry 50 years ago and worked his way up to eventually becoming an owner.
“I was a diesel mechanic, then I ran the workshop, was a service manager, then a sales manager, a dealer principal, and an owner,” he said.
“I’ve been from the bottom to the top.”
And he certainly was at the top on Friday.