Vale Phillip Winkless

Western Australian transport industry identity passes away after long illness

Vale Phillip Winkless
Phil Winkless in 2015.


Transport industry stalwart and long-time Truck Centre WA CEO Phillip Winkless passed away on August 29, surrounded by his family, after a long battle with illness.

Winkless spent more than 30 years with Volvo Group dealership Truck Centre WA, including 11 years at the helm.

"Phillip played a critical role in helping the business adapt to significant changes in the market attaining some prestigious accolades along the way," Truck Centre WA announced on its Facebook page.

"His exceptional work ethic and long term commitment to his staff and customers were integral to both his personal and the company’s success which made him truly one of a kind."

Volvo Group Australia also paid tribute to Winkless.

"The story of the Winkless family is also the story of our brands in Australia," reflects Volvo Group Australia president and CEO, Martin Merrick.

"Under Phil’s stewardship Truck Centre WA has been integral to the success of our business and ultimately the success of our customers.

"He was tough and uncompromising as a long term head of our dealer council, driven by the needs of TCWA’s customers and the unique requirements of Western Australian industry."

"His dedication and hard work was instrumental in steering the business through a rapidly changing market environment, ultimately bringing TCWA to the respected and market leading position it currently occupies," Merrick says.

"He was renowned for his commitment to both staff and customers alike."

"On behalf of all at Volvo Group Australia I’d like to extend our sincere condolences to the Winkless family on their loss, he will be sorely missed."

A private service with family will be held on Monday, September 14. Livestream details will be available on the Bowra & O’Dea’s website from September 10 with the recorded service available online afterwards.

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