A crane rental company’s owner has died at the age of 88, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
The crane rental firm of George and Barbara Laughlin was bought by an Australian property developer who had also bought a nearby farm.
George Laughlin said he was a man who could not be held back by circumstances, and was a devoted father.
“The thing I like about life is that it makes you do things for other people that you wouldn’t normally do,” he said.
When George Laughlin started working for the company in 1953, he did not know how long he would remain with the company.
He was in his mid-30s when he left.
It was during the 1960s when George Laughlen decided to retire, and he sold the firm.
At the time, he said he could not understand why people in the business had to retire.
His retirement was not well received.
In 1983, he was arrested in Melbourne for his role in the murders of four men in the CBD.
Mr Laughlin had been the sole shareholder in Crane Mountain, which was the name of a local crane rental operator.
After a lengthy police investigation, he died in his prison cell in 1988. ABC/AAP