John was loved by many

GOODBYE JOHN: Family and friends say farewell to John Mackie at Meeniyan on Friday.

MEENIYAN icon John Mackie was farewelled by family and friends at one of the biggest funerals South Gippsland has ever seen.

Approximately 1000 people are reported to have filled the Meeniyan Hall and spilled out onto the town’s main street on Friday, to farewell the 79 year old.

He died as a result of a car accident in Leongatha on November 18.

A television screen and speakers were setup outside the hall for the benefit of mourners.

Following the service, Mr Mackie’s casket was placed in back of his ute and taken to the Meeniyan cemetery for a private burial.

A wake was held at Meeniyan Recreation Reserve, where Mr Mackie’s cars and tractors were on display, along with 25 cars belonging to members of the South Gippsland Historical Automobile Club, of which Mr Mackie was a member.

Mr Mackie and his wife Marilyn had a longstanding connection with Meeniyan and South Gippsland, through their professional lives and community work.

They used to run a dairy farm and the business Mackies Coachlines, and had been involved with the Country Women’s Association, Red Cross, South Gippsland Historical Automobile Club and the Meeniyan-Dumbalk United Football Netball Club.

The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2017.

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