Peter Fenton, 67, operations manager for Bowen Tug and Barge, was on a barge delivering stores to a tanker when he was hit by a large steel crate that fell from the sling of the ship's crane.
Mr Fenton, a father-of-two who Josh Cribbs Browns Jersey had three grandchildren and was well known in Brisbane's marine industry, died on the way to hospital.
Tributes flowed yesterday for the "reluctant hero", who with tugboat skipper and good mate Doug Hislop James Harrison Steelers Jersey jumped on their tug, The Mavis, after learning a 200m section of the river walkway was adrift on January 12. They straightened the boardwalk so that it safely floated under the Gateway Bridge, preventing a potential disaster.
Afterwards Mr Fenton modestly Anquan Boldin Ravens Jersey said: "It was something we just did, it was something we had to do and we did it."
Mr Fenton and Mr Hislop were both nominated in the Cincinnati Bengals Jerseys heroism category of the Pride of Australia awards and they also received a Premier's medal.
Mr Fenton's son Dave Fenton said his father had spent his life working on and around water, and before joining Bowen Tug and Barge 14 years ago he had been shipping manager of Pioneer Concrete for many years.
Mr Fenton, who was also a skipper and engineer, turned 67 last Sunday.
"He was a very modest man. He shunned any limelight," Mr Fenton Heath Miller Steelers Jersey said of his father, Joe Haden Browns Jersey who lived with him. "He was just a quiet bloke who was always there for anyone."
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