HUNDREDS of mourners turned out to farewell “loveable larrikin” Ken Wilkinson at Nowra City Church on Wednesday morning.
In bleak weather friends and family of Mr Wilkinson filled the North Nowra church to hear memories and tributes to a husband, father, grandfather and mate.
Civil celebrant Janine Angell, also a friend of Ken’s, led a moving service honouring the life led by the adventurous ex-serviceman.
Born June 7, 1948 in Chesterfield, England, Ken passed away on Sunday, March 16 aged 65 when the gyrocopter he was flying crashed at Brundee.
He was remembered as a unique character, a leader, a loveable larrikin, an adventurer and a true hero.
Poppies were laid on his casket, to remember his time spent as a gunner in the Vietnam War.
The Last Post rang out as homage to a fallen comrade.
Friends and family of Ken gathered after the service at his preferred watering hole, The Archer Hotel, to share stories and comfort one another.