Fiancee's farewell to a man that had everyone smiling
WITH a burly frame, bald head and a cheeky British accent, Oli Shields was never lost in a crowd.
And the kind soul will surely never be forgotten.
Friends and family have rallied together after the 30-year-old's shock death in a car crash on the Sunshine Motorway at Maroochydore on November 14.
Oli's car left the motorway and collided with trees. Despite efforts from those who stopped to help, Oli died from his injuries.
Tomorrow the 30-year-old will be farewelled in a funeral service at Buderim Lawns Crematorium and Memorial at 11am.
His fiancee Tammy Cross will be among those who will say their final goodbyes.
"Everyone loved him because he was just so kind and just wanted to protect anyone he knew," Tammy said.
"He was well known on the Coast because he was a big bald guy, you could spot him in the crowd.
"He loved his gym and his tattoos and cars."
Oli was born in Wembley, England, and migrated to Australia in 2008. He moved to the Sunshine Coast to live with one of his fellow traveller friends and quickly made friends and built a life for himself.
At the centre of his new life was his fiancee of four years, Tammy.
"We always said we would get married on the top of a mountain in Austria or on a beach here," Tammy said.
"We discussed having two weddings ... one in Australia for his friends and one in England for his family.
"I wasn't in any rush to marry, we were happy to have babies first and go on holidays.
"We were both silly together, had lots of fun.
"He was my best friend and always provided for me. He loved me so much and I will miss him."
A world traveller, Oli loved being outdoors and exploring different countries. He spent his weekends fishing on the Coast.
The hospitality worker was well known through his work managing several venues on the Coast.
Jude Higley, who grew up with Oli in England, said she was proud of the life Oli had made for himself in Australia.
"He was a very charismatic character with a gift of the gab," Jude said.
"He always made us smile."
Friends have help raise more than $2000 to cover Oli's funeral costs. His brother Andrew Shields will travel from England to the Coast for the funeral.
Oli's parents Elvira and Anthony Shields will be unable to travel for the funeral but have expressed their pride in how many people supported their son.