Megan Gale’s brother was chased by an industrial accident in which mate was killed before being found dead
Heartbroken friends and neighbors say that supermodel Megan Gale’s brother never got over to witness the horrific workplace incident that killed his partner.
The week-long search for 49-year-old Jason Gale ended Tuesday afternoon after his body was found near his silver Honda CR-V in the bushland southeast of Perth.
The police do not consider his death suspect.
Friends said Mr. Gale struggled with the death of his beloved dog Badge and was haunted by a tragic industrial incident that killed a colleague.
Robert Cunico, 60, was beaten and killed by a cracked pipe in Woodman Point’s wastewater treatment plant in Perth on April 20, 2018, while working as a supervisor for contractor Civmec Construction and Engineering.
Megan Gale’s brother, Jason (left), was found dead on Tuesday in bushland in Western Australia
“He was taken too quickly, in a way that no one would ever suffer from,” wrote Scott, son of Mr. Cunico, at the time on an online fundraising page.
“No one should ever go to work and not return home safely.”
Mister Gale also worked on site as an industrial mechanic that day and witnessed the horrific death of his partner.
Mr. Cunico’s devastated widow thanked those who tried to save her husband’s life, including Mr. Gale.
“A big thank you to Peter, Chris, Andrew, Jason, Dave that I have since discovered were with Rob in his time of need,” Debby Cunico wrote on Facebook at the time.
“They all stayed with him all the time and held and comforted him.
“At least we can rest easy knowing that Rob has not only passed, you are all legends, we will be eternally grateful for this.
“There are no words that will ever be enough to express our love for you and for what you have done.”
Jason Gale was haunted by the tragic death of friend and colleague Robert Cunico (photo)
Debra and her daughter Ashlea have since been outspoken advocates advocating for the introduction of industrial manslaughter laws in Western Australia.
The pair recently released one parliamentary inquiry into proposed laws that would allow individuals to face a $ 5 million fine and a 20-year sentence if found responsible for causing death in the workplace.
“He was tragically killed in a workplace incident that should never have happened,” Ashlea told a WorkSafe study in March 2019.
“It is extremely difficult to put into words how much our lives have changed. We are now a lifelong member of a club you never want to join. ‘
“We have suffered an unimaginable loss. No one should ever endure the pain and suffering we are exposed to because of the lack of safety and the feeling of a workplace.
Her mother added, “I just think there should be more awareness. People just don’t seem to be aware of the magnitude of these incidents that are occurring.
“People just seem to accept that you go to work, and when you die, they don’t seem to hit an eyelid. There are far too many deaths in Australia every year. ‘
A neighbor of Mr. Gale said that Jason would visit Mr. Cunico’s grave regularly.
Robert Cunico’s widow Debby (photo with her late husband) was one of the concerned friends who publicly called on everyone last week to watch Jason Gale
“He didn’t go into details about how he lost his friend and what he saw … he kept it all in him,” said the neighbor. The Western Australian.
“I only found out when he disappeared. I think that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. ‘
Mister Gale was remembered as a “really nice guy” and “a very real guy.”
“He once said to me,” I think I hit the jackpot closer to you. He lived very happily here, “said the neighbor.
Ms. Cunico was among the many concerned friends who urged everyone to keep an eye on Mr. Gale during the week-long search after his disappearance.
Jason is still missing! Please look out for him, especially in areas he frequents, ”she posted on Facebook four days ago.
49-year-old Gale was last seen on July 14 while buying gas and water from the Popanyinning General Store, 100 miles southeast of his home in Perth.
“A search was started on the area and the body of a deceased person, presumably Mister Gale, was found,” said a police statement.
The death is not considered suspect and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
A security camera that still shows Mr. Gale and his car in Pingelly, where he picked up water and gasoline at 9:40 am last Tuesday, in Pingelly, southeast of Fremantle
Shattered friends have posted heartbreaking tributes after the tragic news about Mr Gale.
“Jason was a great man and will never be forgotten,” Jarrod Tate wrote.
Lea Wynter added, “Rest easy Galey … Thoughts of Megan and family and friends.”
Family, friends and police were desperate for the ‘very personal’ sibling of one of Australia’s most famous women.
Mr Gale lived alone and was known as ‘going bush’, but friend Belinda Murray said he had never disappeared before.
“He hasn’t been the same since witnessing the death of a colleague a few years ago, and then the death of his beloved Doberman (dog), Badge,” she said.
Ms. Murray posted on Facebook, “Our dear friend is missing. A gentle, kind and very personal man who wouldn’t hurt anyone or anything has just disappeared, if anyone sees him please contact the police or us … keep him talking he loves all nature and animals. ‘
Mister Gale’s famous sister lives in Melbourne with her family and would like to thank everyone who helped her with the search.
“They (the Gale family) would like to thank everyone for their support, especially Jason’s neighbors, close friends and colleagues who have helped,” said manager Lara Messenger.
Family, friends and police were desperate for the ‘very personal’ sibling of one of Australia’s most famous women, Megan Gale (photo)
A still of Jason Gale’s silver 1999 Honda CR-V station sedan, with plates 1BOI107 when last seen a week ago
Mr. Gale was last seen in Pingelly at around 9:40 AM on July 14.
Owner of Popanyinning General Store, Stan Maughan said The Western Australian Mr. Gale filled his car and entered the store about ten minutes to ten.
“He got a bottle of water. It was $ 50 fuel and $ 3 for the water. He sat there fidgeting a bit while he waited for me, “said the shop owner.
“He stretched and walked around, but a lot of people do that. He was pretty cool. ‘
Mr Maughan described Mr Gale’s clothing as ‘ordinary citizens’ and said that he was not wearing anything to ‘flash’.
Mr. Gale did not speak to any of the other customers in the store during his two to three minute layover.
“Then he just casually went out and jumped in his car and headed north,” he said.
49-year-old Jason Gale was last seen at about 9:40 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14, while purchasing water and gasoline at a stop in Pingelly, 100 miles southeast of his home in Perth
Ms. Gale, 44, who is engaged to former AFL star Shaun Hampson, grew up in Perth with her two older brothers and parents.
Her older brother’s death comes almost six years after they lost their father Alan to lung cancer.
Ms Gale has modeled a series of high-profile fashion magazines, including Marie Claire, Vogue Italia, Cosmopolitan and GQ.
Her career started at the age of 18 after winning a modeling contest in her hometown.
In 1999, she appeared in a series of advertisements for the Italian telecommunications company Omnitel – which led to her European success.
She played as a judge in Australia’s Next Top Model, along with hosting Project Runway Australia.
Ms. Gale has also starred in Australian films such as I Love You Too, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Water Diviner with Russell Crowe. She is a mother to son River, five, and daughter Rosie, two.
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Megan Gale (pictured right, with fiancé Shaun Hampson) grew up in Perth with her two older brothers and parents