The businessman who died with his partner in a plane crash north of Sydney lost his beloved wife three years ago before his new girlfriend died in a motorcycle accident in May 2016.
Grant Burley and his new partner were killed when the 310 Cessna he was flying crashed near the busy Pacific Highway on New South Wales’ Central Coast about 4pm on Saturday.
The wreckage of the plane and the bodies of Mr Burley and his partner were found near Johns River after setting off from Toowoomba, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Mr Burley’s wife Kym died in her sleep three years ago.
The grieving widow posted online he would miss ‘her wit, her cheeky smile and sense of humour which was always lurking around’.
‘I have lost my best friend , my wife and many people have lost the light she bought into their life of which there are plenty,’ he wrote.
Kym was remembered as an animal lover, a supportive friend, and a shining light to friends.
On a Facebook tribute page, Mr Burley revealed his wife also flew light planes, taking the pair of them away together for the final time the Christmas before she died.
That was before tragedy struck once again in May 2016 when Ms Sampson, a mother to young children, died in a motorcycle crash.
A once again shattered Mr Burley expressed his grief in an online memorial, noting his new partner ‘filled such a large void in my life’.
‘I will be forever captured by your wit, sense of humour and above all adventurous nature,’ he wrote.
‘Your smile shed a light brighter than all else in every room you entered. You left a lasting and positive impact upon all who came into your life.
‘I love you from the bottom of my heart and there are no words in any dictionary to articulate the sense of loss I endure and nothing that will ease the pain I have.’
Following Saturday’s disaster, Mr Burley’s devastated nephew Lucas Young said the financial executive was being remembered as an ‘exceptional pilot’.
‘All I can say is may he fly high above us all as an angel.’
According to locals Mr Burley had a private airstrip at his rural property at Johns River.
Mr Burley worked for Burley White & Co, and owned a residential village as well as leasing specialty aircraft to the New Zealand Government and had advised the Australian government on laws concerning money laundering.
In a statement, the Australian Transportation Safety Bureau said they will be investigating the accident.
The light plane narrowly missed motorists on the southbound highway after it crashed at the edge of the road.
It also narrowly avoided a major railway line.
The Rural Fire Service and NSW Fire and Rescue were called to the scene about 4pm, where they are containing a small fuel leak according to Channel 9.
Police are preparing a report for the coroner, while the Australian Transport Safety Bureau will undertake an investigation into the crash.