Motoring writer Geoffrey Paradise dies

AUSTRALIAN transport identity Geoffrey Paradise has died in John Hunter Hospital following a crash on the Central Coast last week.
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Mr Paradise, 57, suffered serious injuries after a collision between his car and a bus near his home on February 11.

He had to be cut from the vehicle and was flown to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital where he underwent surgery and was placed in an induced coma before succumbing to his injuries six days later.

Mr Paradise was well-known throughout the motoring and trucking circles as a journalist, editor and public relations professionals.

He was the founding editor of several magazines including Street Machine, publisher of Transport and Trucking Today and a contributor to trade pages within Fairfax Media’s Drive.

He moved from journalism to public relations in October 2014 to take on a new role at Daimler Truck and Bus, part of Mercedes-Benz Australian Pacific.

Mercedes-Benz spokesman David McCarthy said his death represented a loss for the industry.

‘‘Geoff had recently joined our Daimler Truck and Bus team as senior manager public affairs after a long, varied and successful career as a passenger car and commercial vehicles journalist and publisher,’’ Mr McCarthy said.

‘‘Geoff had an infectious passion for all things automotive and his loss will be significant to all of us in the industry and all who knew Geoff.’’

Paradise is survived by his wife and children.