HORSHAM'S Garry Minne will be remembered as a loving family man with a life-long love for the Horsham Pipe Band.
Garry died on June 21 at the age of 74. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2016.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Minne, and their children Shaun and Katherine.
Elizabeth said Garry would be remembered as a caring family man.
"He had a sense of humour, he was a really good family man and enjoyed his life," she said.
Garry was born on February 28, 1945 in Horsham and lived in the town nearly his whole life. He went to Horsham Technical School and worked as a surveyor his whole career.
He first worked for the Shire of Kaniva and then the Country Roads Board (now part of VicRoads), where he worked between 1970 and 2008.
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Elizabeth said she and Garry met while they were both working at CRB.
"I worked at CRB straight after I finished school and he worked there too, so that's how we met," she said.
The couple married on October 15, 1977.
One of Garry's other loves was the Horsham Pipe Band, where he played the drums for more than 50 years. His father, Errol Minne, was also a drummer in the band.
"When our children got old enough they also joined the band. So the whole family played the drums. It was a real family thing because we'd go to competitions around Australia and overseas," Elizabeth said.
"I don't what it was about the band that he loved so much - he just loved playing music. He then did a bit of teaching - first our own children, then he'd travel to Maryborough and teach students there."
He was also band secretary and treasurer for a number of years.
Garry's other interests included the scouts, football, basketball and cricket.
"He also loved his garden and was always out on his ride-on mower," she said.
The couple travelled after retirement, including holidays to Europe.
Garry's funeral will be held on Friday at the Horsham Uniting Church from 2.30pm.
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