A CELEBRATION of the life of Neil Watters, late of Tanilba Bay, saw a gathering of family and friends assemble on the grassy waterfront in front of his home recently.
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Social distancing was observed in accordance with the lockdown laws as those present paid tribute to the much loved local.
The Watters family bought a waterfront block in the 1940s and the family used it as a weekender and holiday spot.
It was here that Neil as a young child,developed his lifetime passion for fishing and crabbing. When he retired as a motor mechanic Neil and his wife Carole moved to the area permanently.
The block was subdivided and both he and his brother built modern homes.
Apart from being a renowned fisherman, Neil was something of a windsurfer as well. He was very generous in giving away crabs to friends and neighbours and his grandchildren eagerly looked forward to holidays at Tanilba.
With mobility issues later in life he could be seen sitting in his garage sunning himself and was always available for a chat with passers by.
Neil will be sorely missed by all whose lives he touched. He passed away peacefully in his sleep aged 77.