DESPITE being tragically killed in a tractor rollover, Scott Thomas Claude Mawhinney's passion for tractor rallying lived on at his funeral yesterday where his coffin was towed to the Clarence Valley cemetery by a custom tractor.
Known as "Horse" to his friends and family, tragedy struck when the 41-year-old died while working in a tractor on March 13 at a property on Armidale Rd, near Nymboida.
Yesterday more than 500 friends and family spilled out of St Matthew's Anglican Church, South Grafton, to remember a life well lived. With the church full, the crowd spilled out into the annex and onto the veranda.
Horse's nephew Jack Mawhinney gave a eulogy.
"He was the guy I went to in my family to talk," Mr Mawhinney said. "We shared our dreams for ourselves, for our kids and for our family and we both knew it was our job to look after the family, no matter what."
Mr Mawhinney said his uncle had a profound impact on his life, teaching him to ride motorbikes, how to stick up for himself and how to enjoy a "JD and coke".
"If only everybody was lucky enough to have an uncle like him," he said.
Part of the eulogy was written by Horse's partner, Mary.
She spoke of his energy and his lovable wild side as well as his love for camping and the outdoors. She said he had a natural ability to meet people and share a laugh.
Horse's sister, Tina Mawhinney, also made a contribution and shared many stories about her brother's antics. These included a tale of Horse trying to catch bees in a jar as a child and ending up being chased back to the house by an angry swarm.
There was another story of Horse casting a fishing line with a heavy sinker attached, straight into the air and hitting his brother on the top of the head.
And then one about Horse unscrewing the cap from an orange cannon a friend had built him and firing it, which resulted in the singeing of his eyebrows and goatee.
Tina Mawhinney spoke about her brother's character.
"I think Horse will be sorely missed," she said. "He was always ready to help anybody out with anything and he was always there for me."
Mr Mawhinney is survived by his partner Mary, children Jye, Deric and Alycca, and step-daughter Gaby.
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