Vale Earle Russ

HVIA lost another of its CVIAQ founding fathers with the recent passing of Brisbane industry identity, Earle Russ, aged 83.

Having commenced in the heavy vehicle industry at Western Engineering, Earle went on to start his own business, Russ Equipment, in the mid-1960s.

Earle was not a formally trained engineer, however, through reading and applying his new found knowledge in his business, Russ Equipment became an early leader for chassis modifications, bull bar manufacturing, engine relocation, suspension upgrades and all forms of rework.

A big supporter of transport safety, Earle was a founding member of the drafting committee for the initial Queensland Compliance plate rules.

Earle was very active on the committee of the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Queensland (CVIAQ) from its inception in 1970. He was also involved on the organising committee for the Brisbane Truck Show, in its formative years.

Earle was CVIAQ President from 1985 – 1987 and was awarded a CVIAQ life membership in 1987 for his long standing service to the industry.

A family funeral service was held for Earle on Thursday 20th June at the Len Russell Funeral Chapel in Ipswich.

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