LEGEND. It’s bandied about too readily at times but there is no better description for World War II veteran Wally Moras.
The tributes flowed yesterday for the popular great-grandfather who died after a heart attack at his North Albury home of more than 50 years.
His death at the age of 90 follows the loss of his Albury comrade Jack Sheridan in October. Another legend gone, as Albury RSL sub-branch president Colin Darts put it.
Mr Moras was part of the 8th Light Horse Regiment and fought the Japanese along the Kokoda Track in New Guinea.
He inspired his grandson and AFL premiership captain Brett Kirk to visit Kokoda in 2000.
“I was probably pretty naive before I went over there about what it was all about,” Kirk said.
“I just think it’s something we need to keep honouring.”
Continue to honour it we will but no longer will Wally be there to remind us, and inspire us.
But Mr Moras will be remembered as much more than a war veteran.
He will be remembered as someone who loved life, his family and his community. He radiated happiness.
What a wonderful life.