DANIEL Hansen loved adventure, particularly fishing trips away with his two brothers that would often result in the 33-year-old being the only one to land a fish.
The concreter died early on Saturday after being hit by a car on the Olympic Way near Hopetoun Street, on the south side of Culcairn.
Yesterday his parents, retirees Bob and Bev Hansen, said their son had an infectious zest for life.
They spoke to The Border Mail from their Morven home, about a kilometre away from where Daniel lived.
“He was always around here for a free feed,” Mr Hansen said.
But Mr Hansen said Daniel often returned the favour in the kitchen.
“I don’t know where he got his cooking skills from, but if he was cooking you knew it was going to be good,” he said.
“Steak with mushroom sauce was his speciality.”
Mrs Hansen agreed.
“He was a very good cook for a single guy,” she said.
“Everyone loved him and he will be sadly missed.”
Daniel, who would have celebrated his 34th birthday next month, worked for his older brother, Phil, who has a concreting business.
It was some workmates who gave Daniel his nickname “Meerkat” that was often shortened to “Cat”.
“He was the most brilliant concreter and that’s how he got his name because he would go over concrete like a meerkat,” Mrs Hansen said.
“He was always getting calls from people who wanted him to work for them.”
But he remained loyal to his brother.
The family, which includes a sister, Joanne, is expecting a big turnout for Monday’s funeral in Culcairn.
“He was very popular, he was the kind of guy who would make friends straight away,” Mr Hansen said.
Daniel was very close to his younger brother, Chris, They were three years apart.
The three brothers would often go on fishing trips to Eskdale where the family has a cabin.
“He would throw the line in and catch the only fish all weekend,” Chris said.
The former Murray High School student was born in Albury where he spent most of his life, following his parents to Morven just two years ago.
As a tribute, the family dog’s nine-week-old pup has been named after Daniel.