LAVINGTON and the wider community are mourning the passing of Ron Paech who passed away on May 17.
Paech, 72, will be fondly remembered as one of Lavington's longest-serving clubman as both a player and volunteer.
'Big Ron' played in three flags for his beloved Lavington in 1965-66 and again in 1971.
He also had a stint as president and secretary of the junior football club.
Former Lavington president Brian Chalmers said he was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Paech who had been battling deteriorating health for several years.
In recent years Chalmers used to sit next to Paech at Lavington matches and fondly recalls his big mate as one of the club's most passionate and vocal supporters.
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"Ron was a great player and clubman for Lavington," Chalmers said.
"I think it's fair to say after Ron retired he was one of Lavington's most ardent supporters and didn't mind giving the umpires a bit of larry-dooley.
"He was a terrific bloke to be around and had a wonderful family.
"Ron has been suffering bad health for quite a while.
"I remember one day he got out of hospital to watch a game and then went straight back in.
"Ron was also a talented builder and carpenter and did a lot of volunteer work when the Lavington Sports Club was being built."
Paech is survived by his soul mate and wife of 52-years, Chris.
He was also a devoted dad to sons Shannon (dec) and Travis.