A large crowd congregated under clear, blues skies at Crookwell Lawn Cemetery on Thursday morning to celebrate Frank Willis’s life.
Close friend Gary Cadwell led the trip down memory lane and admitted that many people had stopped him on the street to share their personal stories of the witty and respected local.
He recalled a time where Mr Willis, before his death, approached Mr Cadwell about his funeral service.
“When you talk to them Gary, don’t let them be sad – keep them laughing” he recalled.
And that was what he did.
Beyond his strong agricultural ties and community achievements across a range of different organisations in Crookwell, it was his role as a father that was most fondly remembered.
“I’ve never seen such a loving and caring man,” Mr Cadwell said. “Today is not a time of sadness.”
In lieu of flowers the Willis family asks the public to donate to the Viewhaven Lodge.
Frank Willis was born on April 29, 1929.