``DAD got killed doing his job - protecting road users like us,'' Trent Close says of his father, Terence Close, who was fatally hit by driver Murray Higgs while he was directing traffic around road workers.
``He saved lives by being taken out by Murray,'' Trent continued.
``Because if dad was not there he would have gone through them.''
Trent was one of four supporters of his father in the Launceston Magistrates Court yesterday.
He looks at his father's picture every day and visits his resting place twice a week to pour a beer over his grave and remember his ``best mate''.
Trent said his father was all he had growing up, because of a complicated family situation.
``It was always me and dad, we have done everything together'' he said.
``I don't know how to move on to a certain degree.
``Things come up like birthdays, Father's Day, which was hard, and the grand final - you just miss things like that.''
Terence Close had returned from visiting family on the mainland shortly before he died.
Trent said he had the shock of his life when he heard his father was in hospital with critical injuries, and he stayed with him during his final moments.
He said he had been on a ``rollercoaster ride'' since then.
``I have very, very mixed emotions about Murray,'' Trent said.
``I feel very sorry for him, but on the other hand, if it's 360 degrees his family can go home with him.
``I don't have any hatred towards the family.
``They can see him again.
``But he has done what he has done and is facing up to it.''
Terence Close is also survived by his son Luke Close, daughter Natasha Bonney, two brothers, one sister and six grandchildren.