He may have been the only goal umpire to have his flag washed and ironed before he went to games each week.
James Anthony McMahon was farewelled by family and friends at Corowa Lawn Cemetery yesterday after his death last week, aged 76.
The dedicated goal umpire officiated more than 1100 matches during his career and was awarded life membership of Rutherglen and Corowa-Rutherglen football clubs as well as the Wangaratta Umpires Board.
He had a great love of sport, particularly football, tennis, cricket and lawn bowls.
McMahon played bowls for 35 years and in that time won the state A2 pennant with Rutherglen Bowling Club, along with a host of club titles and served as president for three years.
Ill health would curtail his sport in later years.
McMahon is survived by his wife Wendy, children Shawn, Kim and Ryan, grandchildren Amarly, Orey, Callum and Grace, Bailey and Jorja, Hannah, Kayla and Liam.