Long time ACAPMA Member Anthony Male of Males Fuels, located in the Adelaide Hills has died in a fuel tanker accident at Meadows SA late on 15/10/2020.

A highly respected member of the Adelaide Hills, Anthony Male, 59, of Echunga, was driving a truck carrying thousands of litres of diesel on Brookman Road when he veered off the surface and hit a guardrail near Hammersmith Drive just after 11pm.

The truck then rolled over and burst into flames, spreading to nearby trees, while diesel spilt into a creek on the side of the road.

Anthony Male was a boundary umpire and valued member at the Hahndorf Football Club. Picture: Hahndorf Football Club
Anthony Male was a boundary umpire and valued member at the Hahndorf Football Club. Picture: Hahndorf Football Club

Locals remembered him as a “good community bloke” who was widely respected among Adelaide Hills residents, especially farmers.

Echunga Football Club president and farmer Kym Pocock, also 59, said Mr Male was a passionate supporter of local sporting clubs.

“His business sponsored Hahndorf and Echunga (football clubs) and he was just a good community bloke,” he told The Advertiser.

“He has delivered fuel to my farm for the last 25 to 30 years. I only rang up to order some on Tuesday. He was a nice bloke and well respected in the community.

“It becomes more of a shock when you realise (it’s) someone your own age that you’ve known most of your life. That makes it a bit harder.”

Hahndorf Football Club president Graham Kaesler said it “was one hell of a shock” to hear of the incident.

“He was a very valued member of the Hahndorf footy club. He was a boundary umpire and both his boys played.

“You couldn’t have wished for a nicer bloke.”

“He was involved in the footy club for many a year. He was a boundary umpire, he was a sponsor and he cooked the barbie for the boys after the grand final … It was very much appreciated.”

ACAPMA remembers Anthony’s quick smile and ready laugh.

“He was a soft spoken, big smiling gentleman and had one of the best laughs. It was always a goal to make him laugh whenever I saw him” remembers Elisha Radwanowski, ACAPMAs Executive Manager for Employment and Training.

“He is one of the old guard of distributors, been around forever, a real likable and well thought of personality within the industry” adds Trevor Bayliss, ACAPMA Board Representative for South Australia an Tasmania.

“Our thoughts are with Gaylene and the Male family. This is a small industry and Anthony’s loss will be felt across the country” remarks ACAPMAs CEO Mark McKenzie.