Harley Stephens 1971 – 2021

In News, June 20213 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJuly 3, 2021

TR Group is deeply saddened to share news of another loss this year with the passing of team mate and friend, Harley Stephens.

He fought a short but brave battle with an aggressive brain tumour having been diagnosed only in early March. Despite battling with great courage, persistence and dignity Harley was unable to keep fighting and passed away in the early morning of 10 May 2021 surrounded by his loved ones.

Harley was a great friend to many, a loving husband and Daddy-Harley to Charlie and Maddie Harley. He was a dedicated man to everything he did, including his time in the Army from 1993-1999, the Police force and finally with TR Group where he found the work-life balance he wanted – allowing him to spend quality time with his family whom he cherished so much.

TR‘s Auckland rental manager, Ryan Robertson, spoke on behalf of the TR Team: “We will miss Harley the most for his infectious laugh and cheeky grin – everyone knew just what he was up to especially if there was food in the TR kitchen! Harley was close with his team and was passionate about supporting his mates to do a great job within our Auckland Rental Branch.

“In the most recent of times, Harley married the love of his life Trudy, in a private family ceremony after knowing (and loving) each other for a few decades. Harley was well known for showing up in the office with one of Trudy‘s famous roast dinners from the evening before, and eating that for ‘lunch‘ by 9am, therefore starving for the rest of the day, he just couldn‘t help himself! He made an impact on his mates around him, he was a loyal teammate and friend, someone we could always depend on to be warming up the office with his huge grin at 6.30am sharp ready for the day ahead.

“Our world will be a different place without Harley in it, we will miss our dear friend and great mate. Rest Easy Harl‘s.”

Harley will be farewelled on Wednesday 19 May 2021 at The Brigham Restaurant in Whenuapai from 2pm should anyone wish to pay their final respects. All are welcome to attend.