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‘Favourite son’ in fatal collision

The tight-knit Gippsland greyhound racing fraternity is mourning the loss of a ‘favourite son’ – Lindsay Franklin, 57.

A popular long-time ‘catcher’ in the region, Franklin was hit by a car on McNairn Road around 9.30pm while walking home from a Traralgon meeting last Wednesday night.

He suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital in a critical condition but later died.

The driver of the car involved in the fatal collision stopped at the scene and assisted police with their enquiries.

A genial character, Franklin was loved by all and sundry – particularly at Traralgon and Warragul where he performed his catching duties.

His aunty – 2004 Ken Carr medallist and Traralgon GRC life member, Margaret Thomas – paid her nephew an emotional tribute.

In his formative years, Margaret was instrumental in enrolling Lindsay into a special school, which gave him the chance to develop friendships.

“He loved the greyhounds, he really did. And he made a presence in the greyhound world.” – Margaret Thomas

“Lindsay was caring and kind-hearted… He was a friendly person; he wouldn’t hurt a fly.” – Lachlan Fasoli

“Lindsay was a very caring person and would help anyone,” she said. “He was quite a character in his own way – a loner but a very, very funny man. And he loved gardening and music.

“He loved the greyhounds, he really did. And he made a presence in the greyhound world.”

Young Heyfield trainer Lachlan Fasoli, 29, befriended Franklin around 10 years ago and they became close mates.

“Lindsay was a caring and kind-hearted person who was willing to help anyone in need,” he said. “He was a friendly person; he wouldn’t hurt a fly.

“We became acquainted through greyhound racing. He would often come along with dad and I when we raced at Healesville and would catch our dogs.”

It’s believed the Traralgon GRC intends putting on a memorial race in Franklin’s honour and will also hold a wake once funeral details are announced.

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About Peter Quilty - Peter Quilty has more than three decades of experience as assistant editor of Victorian Greyhound Weekly. He was editor of GRV monthly magazine The Adviser (2001-09) and owner/publisher of Australian Greyhound Monthly. He also served on the selection panel for the inaugural GRV ‘Hall of Fame’ inductees and for several years was an adjudicator on the Victorian GOTY. He’s also published greyhound racing yearbooks and wrote the ‘Bold Trease’ video script.
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