Hundreds of mourners have paid tribute to the life of a passionate outdoorsman whose life was cut tragically short.
Speakers at Jack Love's funeral at Albury Sportsground on Monday remembered him as an adventurer who packed more into his 24 years than many do in a full lifetime.
The Albury man died in hospital on May 19, surrounded by parents Mick and Faith and siblings Carter and Halle, weeks after a motorbike crash.
Those in attendance were told stories of his time spent four-wheel-driving in the high country, water skiing on the Murray River, attending annual Easter camping trips at Bundalong with his family and of his BMX riding skills.
His casket was wrapped in a photograph of the river, with a water ski, Akubra hat and native flowers placed on top.
Mr Love's uncle, Damian Crawley, said the oldest of three was into bikes and cars, and helping his dad "fix anything and everything", from a young age.
He attended St Patrick's primary school and Albury High until Year 11 before starting a roofing apprenticeship.
He was qualified in 2019, and while he was a hard worker he would constantly crack jokes on the job and tell stories of his four-wheel-drive trips
"Jack was loyal, honest and just a very happy and honest person to work with and be around," Mr Crawley said.
"Even though he may be gone, his memory will love on with his workmates forever."
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The Albury and Howlong football player used his bike riding skills in his younger years to land sponsorships and travel Australia.
While the 24-year-old received plenty of female attention, his GU Nissan Patrol was the love of his life.
He had rolled it, damaged every panel and spent a was constantly doing upgrades.
"Jack had everything in life going for him," Mr Crawley said.
"However, on an unfortunate night after simple accident, Jack was in for the fight of his life.
"In pure Jack style, he put up a massive fight, but sadly this was one he did not win.
"Jack passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family.
"He will be remembered as an amazingly talented, quick witted larrikin who bought his beautiful smile, cheeky laugh and energy to everyone in the room.
"He cherished everyone and will be forever in our hearts."
A convoy of vehicles formed a procession outside the Albury Sportsground and through Noreuil Park as part of his final journey.
The 24-year-old's beloved Nissan Patrol, which contained his camping gear, favourite drink and other items, was driven with his hearse.
The vehicle has been emblazoned with his name and the words "Gone but never forgotten".
Dozens of other vehicles lined the route or followed the hearse, watched on by the large crowd of mourners.
Celebrant Barbara Kruse urged attendees to honour his memory.
"His motto was 'it is what it is, no regrets'," she said.
"He was a great young man, loved by all who knew him and we are all poorer for his loss.
"Jack will always be in your hearts and minds.
"And you will carry him with you no matter what life brings you.
"Grieve because Jack is gone, but rejoice that he was in your lives."
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