BILL Studd was a bit of a larrikin who seemed to get his mates into trouble, but he was also the bravest, most gentle and compassionate man his good mate Ian Tucker ever met.
The funeral for Mr Studd (Studdy) was held in the grounds of his former hotel, the Commercial Hotel at Ulmarra, yesterday in front of close to 400 people and Mr Tucker, who gave the eulogy, said he was a hard, strong and very fair man.
Mr Studd grew up in Victoria where, as a youngster, he played AFL and was "very good".
"If you didn't believe that all you needed to do was ask him," Mr Tucker said.
"He was also a good runner who won the Commercial Gift, but I believe he used to tell people here he'd won the Stawell Gift. He was good, but not that good."
Mr Tucker said Mr Studd had terrific people skills, honed through his management of 18 hotels.
"Bill was always popular with the locals and could speak with anyone," he said.
"A mate once told me that in life you meet a lot of acquaintances but few friends. Studdy was a true friend."
Mr Tucker said the love of Mr Studd's life was his wife Lyn and he was devoted to his family.