He was known to most as Sponge, but he was known to all as a jolly man who always made you laugh.
And the number of friends Gordon James Duncan had was evident at his funeral on Friday, when more than 800 people packed the Uniting Church in Batemans Bay, spilling over into the carpark.
Director of Moruya and Batemans Bay Funerals, Mark Hewson said it was the biggest funeral he had seen in the last 32 years.
Mr Duncan was killed instantly after he lost control of his HSV Holden Commodore on the South Durras road last week.
Friday’s funeral was a who’s who of the building industry in Batemans Bay and one of Gordon’s best mates, Barney McInnes said 90 percent of the crowd were locals.
Family and friends also travelled from Melbourne, Brisbane and Gordon’s home town of Queanbeyan.
Reverend Roger Boerth told the congregation what a large mix of friends Gordon had.
In what was described as a very touching funeral, Barney said Gordon was remembered for his infectious laugh and his generosity.
Fittingly, Barney presented Gordon’s eulogy which was said to have “just explained Gordon”.
“Gordon died at a time in his life when he was on top of the world, he said.
Gordon’s daughter, Carly played a piece on the flute which she used to play for her dad every night before going to bed.
Ron Ladmore, Andrew Hoare and Geoff Fielding were pallbearers and Gordon’s teenage son, David led the coffin.
Good mate of 15 years, Ron Ladmore said there were just too many good memories with Gordon to single out any one event.
“He moved to Batemans Bay in 1979 and set up South Coast Plumbing, which he turned into a very profitable business,” Ron said.
“He participated in so many things down here. He loved his golf and he used to play footy for the Seahawks. He enjoyed riding his motorbike and spending time with his kids.
“He just enjoyed life.”
Gordon’s generosity was proven in his dedication to Fiona Lodge – he was the plumber who gave up his time to help the project.
Gordon was also the treasurer of the Builders and Trades Charity Golf Day, which is to be held on October 19.
All proceeds from the day will also go towards Fiona Lodge.
“In memorium of Gordon, we have named one of the prizes Gordon Duncan – for the person who gets the longest drive on the 18th hole,” Ron said.
“Now it has got his name on it.”
Following the service family and friends attended the wake at the Catalina Country Club.
Gordon was the loving partner of Debbie Brooks and dearly loved son of Dave and Heather, brother of Robyne, Peter and Lynne and the loving father of Natalie, David and Carly.
He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.
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