"IT'S the little things you remember," celebrant Michael Anderson said, as about 500 people gathered with one young man in their thoughts.
Michael Andrew Keating.
He was the sort of person who popped into his nan's office to switch on the heater before she arrived at work, so she would be warm.
The type of person whose fervor for fried potato was so renowned, it could make a room full of devastated people laugh.
Michael's selflessness extended to most things, except his prized Tuesday lunches from the fish shop - potato cakes and a large serving of chips, which he generally refused to share.
He was a Ford man, despite his father's love of Holden vehicles.
The solemnity of today's service was occasionally lifted with lovingly-meant quips.
There were rumbles of amusement as his aunt, Fiona Reed, shared her distaste for the music her 18-year-old nephew often had blaring at the Keating's Transport depot. Chuckles from hockey mates who remembered the pong of his sports gloves.
Loved ones remembered the way Michael would let someone know if they were tardy, but in a way that was never so stern as to be harsh. How he had learned, then mastered, the art of friendly banter with his workmates.
How Michael could remember where everything at work was and was on top of all he was charged with coordinating. His knack for connecting with the players he was helping coach at the Eaglehawk Hockey Club.
Michael's beautiful nature and his wonderful smile.
So many little things, already much missed.
"We are all better people for how he changed us," Ms Reed said.
Michael died two weeks ago today while he was riding his bike from work to get lunch.
His bike and a truck collided at the intersection of Hattam Street and Woodward Road, Golden Square.
A man has been charged with dangerous driving causing death.
It was not unusual for Michael to ride his bike to and from work, particularly during his lunch breaks.
Family and friends said he was thriving, having started working full-time and taking on more responsibilities at hockey.
"His confidence grew out of sight in recent months," Ms Reed said.
Michael was the fourth generation in the Keating Transport family business.
"Plans were big for this little boy, they all centred around him," Ms Reed said.
He was well on his way to lead the business, with his love for his work and his attention to detail.
Reliable. Respectful. Talented. That was the Michael people knew.
His father being a truck driver, Ms Reed said Michael loved trucks. He also had an appreciation for car racing and for HPV trikes - the former born of his family's interests, the latter of his experiences at Crusoe College and Bendigo Senior Secondary College.
When he was younger, Michael had been part of a budgie club with his grandmother. He'd even won an award at the Bendigo Show for his birds.
He'd tried his hand at football and go-kart racing before falling for hockey.
Members of the hockey community were out in force today to pay their respects.
Michael played for Eaglehawk Hockey Club for seven years and was an assistant coach for the under 17 juniors. He was also part of the Central Victoria Blazers and North West Lightning squads.
Eaglehawk Hockey Club president and family friend Ross Trimble spoke of Michael's dedication, and raised a chuckle with his memory of Michael's preparedness for each game.
One of Michael's friends, Nathan Davis, said they'd played many games of hockey together.
"I was hoping to play many more," he said.
"I loved playing [hockey] with Mikey because I knew he always had my back."
Michael was devoted to his family. He traveled to South Korea with his pop in April for the Korean War Veterans Reunion.
Michael's grandmother shared how proud she and his pop had been, particularly during that trip.
The young man had long been interested in his grandfather's service and marched with him during Inglewood/Bridgewater RSL services. They'd been to Canberra together for a function before visiting South Korea.
"I miss you already Michael and I love you with all my heart," Michael's nan said.
"You always had a beautiful smile on your face and that is what I'll remember most."
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