THE larrikin character of Darryl Gerrity was shared with about 900 mourners at Strahan yesterday.
Premier Lara Giddings and many other politicians were among the hundreds who farewelled the late West Coast mayor, known for his straight talking but entertaining nature.
Mourners were told a succession of funny stories illustrating how Cr Gerrity fought hard for the West Coast during his time as mayor from 2000 to this year, and was always there for friends and family.
Friend Peter McGee said he had known Cr Gerrity since school and he was helpful even then.
He ``forged a parent note'' after Mr McGee skipped school to go swimming and was scared he would be found out.
Cr Gerrity, 70, died last week after a short illness.
The Reverend Kevin Bailey, of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church at Strahan, led the service, saying Cr Gerrity was a truly remarkable and unique man.
``Darryl used every situation to further the West Coast,'' he said.
``He did have a vision and in years to come we may say `that is what he meant all those years ago'.''
Tourism entrepreneur Simon Currant delivered the eulogy and Cr Gerrity's three adult children also spoke.
His twin boys, Kelly and Sean, said they were often told their father was a legend, but daughter Sam echoed their thoughts, saying, ``To us, he was always just Dad.''
``Growing up in the Gerrity household was a little different,'' she said.
``We never had all the latest gadgets, we made our own fun and it was priceless, and we would not change it for anything.''
Cr Gerrity is also survived by wife Robyn, a member of the West Coast Council.