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NZ Trucking industry loses one of its giants

It is with great sadness that Keith Andrews Trucks has had to say goodbye to its talismanic founder, following his courageous battle with cancer.

Keith Andrews began selling trucks from his Whangarei garage back in the ‘80s and immediately proved to be an astute and formidable businessman. He quickly established a full FUSO sales and service business in Whangarei and from there expanded into Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga. With the addition of Mercedes-Benz trucks and commercial vehicles, Keith went on to become NZ’s largest new truck retailer.

His businesses also hold distribution rights for FUSO trucks and buses and represent Mercedes-Benz buses in New Zealand.

Keith, who passed away on 13 November, 2019, was the beloved husband of Vicki and loved father of Kurtis, Camden and Holly. He was a leader and a mentor and was universally acclaimed as someone who would never settle for second best. 

A public memorial service will be held on Saturday, 23 November – see below for details.

Staff knew that Keith would always beat them to work in the morning. First to arrive and last to leave, Keith lead from the front; he had an amazing work ethic and a genuine passion for his people and his customers.

Keith’s absence from the business over the past 12 months has meant the KAT and Fuso New Zealand teams have operated under the leadership of Kurtis Andrews, ensuring that Keith’s high standards remain at the forefront of the business and that all staff are committed to continuing Keith’s proud legacy. 

Keith Andrews headshot

Trucks at the Auckland branch bowed in honour of founder Keith Andrews:

Trucks bowed in honour of Keith

 

Memorial service

Marsden Cove Marina  |  Saturday 23 November 2pm - 5.30pm

A public memorial service to commemorate the life of Keith Andrews will be held at the Marsden Cove Marquee, Marsden Cove Marina in Ruakaka (click on image to access online map).

If you would like to attend, please RSVP, for catering purposes, by contacting Pam on 021 606 784 or pam.tothill@gmail.com.

Any other correspondence can be sent to PO Box 113 Ruakaka, 0151. 

 

Memorial location