FAITH Leech's family has received overwhelming support since the Olympian passed away at the weekend.
Leech's son Adam Tuohy said he hasn't had a chance to read any newspapers yet but that the gestures from people were wonderful.
"She was a very popular lady and to have the community's support like this is wonderful. It's overwhelming," Mr Tuohy said.
The Australian Olympic Committee has offered the Olympic Flag to the family for the memorial service.
It is an honour bestowed on every Olympian but a particular highlight for the family.
"I had a heads up when she passed that it would happen," Mr Tuohy said. "She's the only female gold medallist from Bendigo. It's a wonderful honour."
A thanksgiving service for the life of Faith Leech will be held at St Paul's Cathedral Hall in Myers Street, Bendigo on Wednesday, October 16.
"We haven't worked out all the details but it will be a public service," Mr Tuohy said. "It's obviously a great personal loss for the family but it is for the community as well. That is obvious from the support we have had."
Mr Tuohy said he could only imagine the atmosphere at the 1956 Olympic Games where Ms Leech won her gold and bronze medals in the 4x100m women's freestyle relay and the 100m women's freestyle events.
"It would have been unbelievable, the mind boggles at what that atmosphere would have been like."