LONG-serving Gwydir shire councillor David Rose was remembered as a hard working member of the Bingara community when he was farewelled in a church service yesterday.
Mr Rose, a sitting councillor, died in the early hours of September 3 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Mourners from the Bingara and Warialda communities packed the St John’s Anglican Church and surrounding grounds to honour the committed councillor.
Mr Rose was elected to the former Bingara Shire Council in 1999 and served as councillor and mayor until the council’s amalgamation with the former Yallaroi shire and part of Barraba shire in 2004.
Mr Rose became the administrator of the newly-formed Gwydir Shire Council and went on to become deputy mayor.
He was chairman of the Bingara hospital board and secretary of the Bingara Sporting Club, a local business owner and a keen greyhound trainer.
Gwydir mayor John Coulton, who will pay tribute to him at the next council meeting on September 18, said the community had lost a dedicated councillor, community member and family man.
“He fought cancer in the most courageous way and was absolutely dedicated to his family,” Mr Coulton said.
Mr Coulton said Mr Rose had served the community well.
“He guided ourcommunity to thebest outcome possible through the amalgamation and provided guidance and mentoring to many newly-elected councillors in his 13 years in local government,” Mr Coulton said.
Mr Rose is survived by his wife Lyn and daughters Rebecca, Georgie and Hannah and their families.
Gwydir Shire Council will hold a by-election to fill Mr Rose’s position within the next three months.