He breached many a political divide in life.
And, as so it seems, in death as tributes flow in for the much-loved former deputy PM, Tim Fischer.
The Victorian Nationals tweet may have said it perfectly for many:
"We have lost a truly great Australian and an honorary Victorian. Tim Fischer never stopped standing up for regional Australians and we are forever grateful for his support, guidance and wisdom."
Here's live reaction to news of Mr Fischer's passing: