CHARLIE Borg had a "great smile" and a "contagious laugh".
He died after a motorbike and car crash on the Bruce Hwy, near Campbells Ridge Rd, about 6am Saturday.
A 48-year-old Kallangur woman, who was driving the other vehicle, was taken to Mackay Base Hospital for treatment for shock, a Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said.
Mr Borg, 40, was the youngest of three children - he had two older sisters Carol Brew and Dolly Harris.
Dolly Harris said Mr Borg, who was born in Mackay, was very loved by all his family and was their mum's "favourite".
"He was very philosophical, easy going, bubbly and had a great smile," Ms Harris said.
Mr Borg practised yoga and meditation - everyday from the doorway of his bungalow at Kohuna Beach Resort, she said.
He also loved riding his motorbike.
At the time of crash, Ms Harris said, he was coming home from work at his security job at the Jilalan Rail Yard, 3km south of Sarina.
Mr Borg's niece Taylor Harris said her uncle was a caring person and "a very passionate, protective person".
Miss Harris said while he was on Facebook, he was "old school". He liked science, technology, reading books and also practised Wing Chun (kung fu martial arts) in Mackay.
"He used to say about Facebook - it's not about likes it's about spreading knowledge," she said.
"He used to post a photo every morning of the view outside his house, of the beach. He liked everything of ours on Facebook, which was really sweet."
Wearing "cute, old fashioned caps and cowboy hats" was something he was known for, she said.
Miss Harris said she and her partner were planning on moving to the Northern Beaches from their Taree home in New South Wales and she had been looking forward to spending time with her uncle.
"I wanted to keep my beach bicycle so I could ride over to his place," she said.
Mr Borg's death was the second road fatality in the region this year, Mackay District Duty Senior Sergeant officer Matt Sheridan said.
John Anderson, 74, died after a two-vehicle crash on January 3 near the intersection of Shute Harbour and Rifle Range roads at Mount Marlow.
Saturday's crash occurred at Balberra, just south of Mackay, on a stretch of highway that has claimed many lives. Six people died in a four-vehicle crash near Sandy Creek Bridge on November 4, 2000.
"In the vicinity of this incident, a number of traffic incidents have occurred over a considerable time, however I am not in a position to release specific details," Snr Sgt Sheridan said.