They came from far away and from his own community yesterday to pay tribute to a favourite son and a real mate.
More than 700 people were at the funeral service in Armidale yesterday for the boy from Uralla who died so young, so tragically, in a car accident last week.
Lachie Thomas, 21, died after his ute left the highway just north of his hometown early on the morning of September 19.
The superbike rider competed in the FX Superbike Championship and 18 championship riders made the trek to pay tribute to Lachie yesterday.
His major racing sponsor Greg Inglis was among the chief mourners.
Before his death Lachie was ranked seventh in the superbike series, riding under the Greg Inglis Plumbing-sponsored brand.
Community spirit was on show yesterday with the hundreds of friends and residents of Uralla there to pay tribute too. Lachie was part of a close and loving family and for many locals a face they saw daily as a barista at the family’s Trina’s Cafe and Coffee Shop.
There was standing room only at the service in the Piddington’s chapel in Armidale.
Service celebrant Peter Howe told mourners it was people like Lachie who made our own lives more meaningful.
“Lachie is not just a memory, but an important part of our future lives,” he said.
Australian FX Superbike Championship commentator Lance Robertson said competition riders had come long distances to Armidale for the life celebration of Lachie Thomas.
“The gathering here in Armidale of Lachie’s racing companions is indicative of the high regard he had with fellow riders, and to ensure the Lachie they knew continues to ride on,” Mr Robertson said.
Lachie is survived by his father David and siblings Ally, Danny and Anna. His mother Trina died suddenly and tragically three years ago.