FORMER Derwent Valley farmer John Wesley Tribolet will be farewelled at a memorial service at the Oatlands Uniting Church tomorrow (Monday). Mr Tribolet, 82, died in a farming accident on his property at Swanston, about 50km east of Oatlands, last Tuesday afternoon.
“Between 1.30pm and 3.30pm on Tuesday, 19th of November 2019, a male farmer and resident of the property was herding sheep on a Polaris Ranger 400 4×4 ATV. The male driver was thrown from the vehicle which came to rest on him,” Tasmania Police said in a statement.
Police noted that this make of all-terrain vehicle was a sit-in vehicle controlled by a steering wheel, not the ride-on type. Ambulance Tasmania and police from Oatlands and Kempton attended the crash and Mr Tribolet was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Mr Tribolet was the brother of well-known Magra farmer Leo Tribolet and was a stalwart of the Uniting Church, playing a leadership role at St Paul’s Uniting Church in New Norfolk before moving to the midlands in the late 1980s. He is survived by his wife Beth, daughters Elizabeth and Allison, son Daniel, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was remembered today by the congregation at St Paul’s. His memorial service of thanksgiving on Monday, November 25, will be held at 1.30pm at the Oatlands Uniting Church, 32 High St, Oatlands. In lieu of flowers donations to the Midlands Multipurpose Health Centre will be accepted at the service.