It was standing room only as the Penguin community gathered on Tuesday morning to farewell Edward 'Ted' Howe OAM.
The 101-year-old died peacefully on August 17 at Coroneagh Park.
The mood at the Penguin Uniting Church was light as mourners remembered the humble, hard-working man who contributed so much to the community.
Raymond 'Jasper' Howe Jn described his grandfather's early years.
He was born to Mole Creek farmers Lindsay and Marjie Howe on October 24, 1917.
When the Second World War broke out, he didn't hesitate to enlist, saying "A man would not be a man unless he fights for what he loves."
He was very well-respected by his comrades and was known to carry others' rifles on the treacherous Kokoda Track.
In 1943, Ted returned to the North-West on a week's leave to marry his sweetheart, Edna Lancaster.
He overstayed his leave by an extra week, expecting to be charged with AWoL. Instead, he was promoted to Sergeant.
Ted and Edna had two children, Susan Grist and the late Raymond Howe.
After surviving the war, he pledged to serve his God and community for the rest of his life.
Susan said her father always put others first and never raised his voice.
"He led by example. He taught us to respect people, not to judge others and to be humble," she said.
Dad's not resting, he's having the time of his life.Susan Grist
Central Coast Councillor Garry Carpenter said Ted was a mentor and an exceptionally hard-worker during his time as the Road Foreman for Penguin Council.
"I was the lucky one... he wouldn't ask you to do anything Ted wouldn't do himself."
Ted was a life member of several groups, including the North West Fishermen's Association, Meals on Wheels Tasmania and the Penguin Football Club, where he was a respected trainer.
Fellow Penguin Football Club life member Dudley Corbett said Ted treated everyone equally.
"He brought a sense of real mateship, humanity, the way people should live their lives.
"He was a father figure to the young people who were coming through, a guiding light. He was just a wonderful man."
Ted was laid to rest in a handmade coffin painted with the colours of the Penguin Two Blues. The service concluded with a guard of honour from football club members and the club song.