Respected and loved Paal housing consultant Phillip Longhurst
passed away recently. Phillip helped many of our customers achieve
their homebuilding dreams and is sadly missed.
In recent years he was based at Paal’s display centre in Caboolture, growing a presence for the company in Queensland and northern New South Wales. He travelled tirelessly to give support to homebuilders.
Phillip was a familiar figure at the home shows and agricultural field days in the region, manning the Paal mobile display unit with backing from his loyal staff including office administrator Mauree Grace.
“All those who knew Phillip have commented on his friendly, yet highly professional manner that always put the needs of other people first,” Mauree said.
Philip Longhurst began his career as a sales manager in the insurance industry, instigating new and creative projects. He worked with other homes companies before joining Paal Kit Homes in 2005, where he introduced the practice of open houses and was instrumental in bringing about the addition of new inclusions into the Paal kit.
Paal general manager Eddy Nobis said, “Phillip had a great rapport with customers and worked long and hard to assist them to achieve their aims. He was genuinely interested in what a client was looking for out of their new home and he would apply all of his long experience and wisdom to help them achieve it.
“He was a real people person. Always full of optimism and an infectious enthusiasm.”
His personal interests included family activities, reading, golfing, entertaining and collecting Australian wines.
“Phillip’s are big shoes to fill, but we’re working hard to provide continuity of service to our Paal homebuilders in the region,” Mr Nobis said.
What Paal homebuilders said:
“Phillip’s sincerity was exceptional. He certainly left his loving mark on many Paal clients. We have been blessed by this wonderful association with such a loving soul.”
“Phillip was caring and understanding. He never pressured me into speeding up a purchase and understood my timeline. Such a great bloke, with respect to all.”
“Deeply saddened to hear (of his passing). We will be forever grateful for all Phillip has done for us.”