THE funeral of well known Terang identity Pat Vaughan will be held today.
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His daughter Kate said Mr Vaughan was a loyal Collingwood supporter but his real sporting love was cricket.

“As a young fellow he played it and he loved to watch it. His children learnt very early to never ask who was winning,” she said.

“Such questions would always be met with ‘it’s cricket, no one is winning’.

He delighted in the fine detail of the game and much like his political opinions, he was keen to share his thoughts with anyone he thought needed to know.”

Ms Vaughan said her father could have penned a language of his own.

“He was quick-witted and good humoured. His speech was peppered with his idioms and sayings. He loved learning and, if there was a trivia game, you’d want Pat, the brains trust, on your table,” she said.

“When the internet became part of our lives, Pat taught himself to navigate the online world. The internet saw him keep in touch and keep connected.

“He may not have ventured far from home but through the web, he was in touch with friends around the globe. If Googling was an Olympic sport he would have been a gold medallist.”

Ms Vaughan said her father was a strong advocate for the betterment of Terang and district and involved in many aspects of the community.

“He became the ‘go-to man’ for when the right words were needed to object to a speeding fine or to defend a report in a footy match.

“He was passionate about his local community and he served as president of the Hampden Football Netball League and Terang Mortlake Football Netball Club,” she said.

“Up until two years ago he was the independent investigations officer for the Hampden region. As president of the Terang Progress Association, Pat fought for the improvement of the town’s infrastructure and services.

“If we were to take our life lessons from Pat, they would be about enjoying family and mates, staying social, storytelling and wise-cracking. Pat loved to laugh and to make others laugh.

“This is how we will remember him.”

Mr Vaughan was born in Port Fairy in 1950 and he lived with his family in Dixie before moving to Terang.

He married Josie O’Leary from Camperdown in 1971 and they lived in Terang.

Mr Vaughan is survived by Josie and their five children, Joanne, Patrick, Kate, Caroline and Stephen, and five grandchildren.

He died on February 15 after a long illness aged 61.

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