Community mourning tragic death

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser

The family of Albany man Charlie Upson, who was killed on Saturday in a trail bike crash, have thanked the community for its loving messages and tributes.

“It’s left us with heavy hearts, we love him now and forever, and he will be dearly missed,” they said in a family statement to the Albany Advertiser.

Mr Upson was riding a trail bike and struck a tree in bushland, near Bon Accord Road in Lower King.

Police said another rider noticed Mr Upson was no longer following on the track and went back to check on him.

He was found off his trail bike on the ground near a tree.

St John Ambulance attended at about 5pm but paramedics were unable to revive Mr Upson.

Charlie Upson was killed while riding in bushland near Bon Accord Road in Lower King.
Camera IconCharlie Upson was killed while riding in bushland near Bon Accord Road in Lower King. Credit: Jessica Cuthbert

Friends and colleagues posted tributes over the weekend mourning the loss of the young apprentice electrician.

“My little Charles, as we would say ‘you're my ‘best-friend for life’, for 15 years,” one friend wrote.

“I love you so much buddy ... forever and always ... I would do anything to have you back, rest in peace.”

“I love you so much, I will never forget that cheeky smile and your sense of humour. You have touched a lot of people mate, you’ll be forever in our hearts,” another said.

Mr Upson was an apprentice at Sumich’s Electrical, which posted a tribute on the electrician business’ Facebook page yesterday.

“Very tough start to the day today as we tragically lost one of our much loved apprentices Charlie on Saturday afternoon,” it said.

“We will miss putting his name on the whiteboard in the morning, his weekend updates and his cheeky little smile and banter. Our condolences go out to the family ... RIP little fella from the team at Sumich’s Electrical.”

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