BENDIGO Harley Central owner Steve Elliott has been remembered as a giant gentleman.
Mr Elliott passed away in his sleep last Friday morning.
The 51-year-old was a prominent businessman who ran Bendigo’s first ever Harley dealership, after an extensive career in the trucking industry.
Harley Central colleague John Ridsdale said he will be remembered as “the man with the golden touch”.
“He seemed to have the knack with whatever business venture he tried at, it always succeeded,” he said.
“He was a great people person. One of those guys, you sort of feel proud to work for. Just the presence he had. Everyone knew him, or the people that hadn’t met him knew of him. He was a bit of a legend around the place.”
Mr Ridsdale said he was a larger than life figure in every sense, standing at six foot seven with a long red beard.
“He would walk down the stairs from a few metres away and you would see the beard coming before he got down. When kids were in the store they were just in awe of him.”
Tributes flowed over the weekend from a range of organisations Mr Elliott was involved in. American Motorcycle Club Central Victorian Chapter wrote that he was a “friend to all and a great bloke who will be sadly missed”.
Central Victorian Harley Owners Group paid tribute to his “commitment and passion to the group. "Ride on Big Fella!" they wrote.
An outpouring of tributes followed online.
More than 240 messages were added to the Bendigo Harley Central Facebook page.
Craig Conn wrote “so sad to hear about a true gentleman with a huge heart of gold. I always looked up to you when I was younger working in my business."
Geoff Myers added "R.I.P. Steve, Great man you will be sorely missed, thoughts are with his family and friends."