THE lyrics that drifted across the Maclean Showground on Saturday echoed a perfect homage to a local man whose selfless character and kind-hearted generosity was reflected in each moving word.
Heaven was needing a hero.
And a true hero, is how Ian Durrington will always be remembered by the 1000 people who paid their final respects at his funeral service.
Mr Durrington's coffin arrived in his treasured 1963 red Falcon station wagon, escorted by 20 motorcyclists, his best mates from the Blue Liners Bike Club.
Leading the convoy was Wayne Peusur on Mr Durrington's beloved motorbike.
As the procession arrived at the showground, heads bowed in deep respect and tears of sadness flowed as Mr Durrington's family and friends united to remember a man who was loved and admired by so many.
A close family friend who spoke on behalf of Mr Durrington's wife Kerry told The Daily Examiner the community came together to pay a powerful tribute to a loving husband, father and son.
"Ian's family were so grateful to everyone who came to pay their respects," he said.
"It was a beautiful day with beautiful weather, there was a terrific turnout and that was a great reflection of his character. The location was very fitting too because Ian was an outdoors person and it was especially fitting because Ian's boat Aromis was moored in the river opposite the showground with the Australian flag flying at half mast."
In lieu of flowers, the Durringtons asked for donations to be made to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.
More than $1000 was donated at the funeral service.
After the service, family and friends held a private wake at the Clarence Hotel in Maclean and raised their glasses in memory of a valued individual who will never be forgotten.
Mr Durrington passed away after he sustained critical injuries while removing hardwood fencing between the Maclean High School and Maclean Cemetery border.
The matter is still under investigation by WorkCover.
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