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MAY 2020
     

 


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Victorian caravan industry mourns the
passing of 'giant' Kevin O'Brien

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TRIBUTES were today paid to a stalwart of Victoria's caravan industry who died last weekend.

Mourners at Kevin O'Brien's funeral service described the 80-year-old former Caravan Industry Victoria president and Hall of Fame life member as a "legend and inspirational man".

Refrains from Frank Sinatra's I Did It My Way echoed through the chapel as friends and family watched a montage of photographs taken during his lifetime.  

"Kevin was a giant of the caravan industry, having achieved a considerable amount and who invested heavily in not only his own businesses but also the industry," the state industry posted on Facebook this week.

Mr O'Brien was the founder of RV accessories company Camec and also served as president of the nation's peak body, the Caravan Industry Association of Australia. The association said the industry had lost "one of the real gentlemen of the industry".

Mr O'Brien was the founder of RV accessories company Camec and also served as president of the nation's peak body, the Caravan Industry Association of Australia.

His passion was evident in his support for the association's Capturing our Journey project, the association said.

His insight had been a major cornerstone to the project which showcased the state's history in the industry.

"He truly participated with great pride and enthusiasm as he did throughout his life and career," the association said.

"He was a great leader and was passionate about the caravan industry. From a grateful association, we send our heartfelt condolences to the O'Brien family."

Meanwhile, the Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA) said the industry had lost "one of the real gentlemen of the industry".

"Kevin gave back tremendously to the caravanning industry, sharing his knowledge freely and serving on both the Caravan Trade and Industries Association of Victoria Board as well as being a founding director of what is now known as Caravan Industry Association of Australia.

"He was president of both organisations during his time on each board."

In 1965, Mr O'Brien was awarded the Eric Hayman Award for Excellence ‒ the industry's highest individual honour ‒ and was awarded both life membership by CTIAV as well as being inducted into their Hall of Fame.

"Our condolences go to his wife Tanith and his children James, Gabby and Georgina and their families," the CIAA said.

The funeral service for Mr O'Brien was held on May 22.

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