HIGHLY-RESPECTED Ronald McDonald House staff member Paul Craswell has sadly passed away.
Mr Craswell was a much-loved fixture of the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) team since the doors opened, first as a volunteer and then as a staff member.
His son George Craswell said the role was more than just a job to him, it brought him joy.
"He really found his calling brightening days and caring for those families in need," he said.
Mr Craswell has been remembered as a kind, funny, and caring man with a gentle soul.
He was a passionate bass player who sadly passed away due to complications with diabetes.
"He genuinely cared about the families that stayed with us and had a unique ability to put them at ease immediately," a Ronald McDonald House spokesperson said.
"Paul will be greatly missed by everyone at Ronald McDonald House and we extend our deepest condolences to Paul's family and friends."
The Tamworth RMH services the New England North West and offers rooms to families who have children hospitalised in the city and live more than 100 kilometres from the hospital.
The length of the stay varies for each family, some are there for just a few days and others for months.
Tamworth band member James Craswell posted a tribute on Facebook for his uncle.
"My dear uncle, Paul "Jasper" Craswell passed away from complications of diabetes," he said.
"He was always up for a laugh, was a bass player beyond compare and loved with all his heart.
"We love him dearly and he will be greatly missed."
Mr Craswell sadly passed away last week and his family will hold a service.