Arare funeral tribute was paid on Friday afternoon to late Millicent businessman and community worker Len Teagle.
He passed away at the age of 93 after a short illness on August 8 at Boneham Aged Care Services in Millicent.
His funeral cortège passed through the Williams Road depot where his family business Teagle Excavations has been headquartered since he founded it in the 1940s.
As a tribute, a variety of trucks and earthmoving equipment were lined up in formation.
Members of the 37-strong Teagle Excavation workforce headed by manager Kurt Stephan downed tools to honour the company’s founder as he left its depot for the last time.
Among the mourners was 90-year-old retired Millicent resident Noel Seebohm who was the very first employee of Teagle Excavations.
The hearse was led to the Millicent Cemetery by a Teagle Excavations truck and it was followed by mourners’ cars and another heavy vehicle from the company’s 70-strong fleet of vehicles.
Mr Teagle’s warm character and strong support for his family and the Millicent community was well-known and highly regarded.
This was reflected in the eulogy delivered by his grandson Angus Pike.
The secular funeral service was livestreamed and was conducted by funeral celebrant Kerryn Bennett, of Wattle Range Funerals.
The number of mourners at the cemetery was restricted to 50 due to COVID protocols.
A wake was held at a local hotel.