Tributes are pouring in for a Tasmanian man who died on Wednesday while witnessing the conflict in Ukraine.
Geeveston man Michael Charles O’Neill was in Ukraine driving trucks helping citizens flee the country,” his sister Bernadette told the Mercury.
Mr. O’Neill previously worked in the mining industry where he frequently drove trucks.
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“He then helped lead the wounded and wounded from the front line,” she said.
“He heard that women and children were struggling to leave the country.
“As an experienced truck driver, he felt that his services could be used to drive trucks helping people to leave the country.”
The 47-year-old was a father of three children and two of his children currently reside in the Philippines.
“The family is very upset, he was sending daily messages from Ukraine to the whole family and his children,” Bernadette said.
The Cygnet Football Club women’s under-17.5 team recently paid tribute to Mr O’Neill by wearing the colors of his former club Kermandie.
The team, which includes three of Mr. O’Neill’s nieces, carried the colors by winning against Huonville by eight goals.
“Today our U17.5 Storm Girls wore Kermandie sweaters in honor of Michael O’Neill who was tragically abducted last week while serving in Ukraine,” the team wrote in a post on Facebook.
“Michael, who is the uncle of the Storm players – Polly, Lucy and Banjo O’Neill, was a Kermandie player and a respected opponent to all who played against him at Cygnet.”
A memorial service for Mr O’Neill will be held in club halls in Kermandie next month.
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