The late Jack Fisher will be remembered for many reasons.
However, above all he will be remembered for being a true gentleman.
Mr Fisher passed away recently after being hospitalised and anybody associated with Shoalhaven Nowra Relay for Life would known him.
Because of his efforts everyone at the relay got to enjoy healthy food, including the event's famous breakfasts.
Mr Fisher was the relay's long-term catering coordinator - a role he did with professionalism and boundless enthusiasm.
Members of his Relay for Life family gathered recently and shared memories about their great friend.
"The word that sums Jack up was gentleman - he was a true gentleman and he led by example. You wanted to be a better person when you were around him," relay chairperson Cathy Lucas said.
" Whenever you ran into Jack, no matter where or when, he always genuinely wanted to know how you were going.
"Jack was a family man and his family were so important to him.
"Jack his wife, Esma, were a great team and had a true partnership for life.
"Our friend Jack was a community minded man, giving back to his community in many different ways, not just through Relay For Life but though service clubs such as the Lions Club."
His own battle with cancer was one of the reasons why Mr Fisher joined the relay team and some 15 years ago and he was the event's first ambassador.
"Jack was part of Relay For Life before there was a relay," Mrs Lucas said.
"He was at that first meeting of like minded people who discussed having an event like this in Nowra.
"They worked hard to get this event up and running and Jack was always so appreciative of the support from the locals."
Mr Fisher, through his own experiences, shared an affinity with cancer sufferers and their carers
"Jack stood up for those who didn't think they could do it themselves and represented all survivors and carers," said.
"Jack and Esma were both big supporters of relay and together they made a phenomenal volunteering team, making sure the set up for relay and the catering for the weekend ran like clockwork.
"They worked so well together and everything was done to serve others."
Health issues, in later years, meant he could attend relay committee meetings.
However, he still got updates from committee members and made sure he was at the event.
There was more to Mr Fisher than the Relay.
He had a great career and was one of Shoalhaven City Council's senior accountants for around 20 years.
Mr Fisher also loved to play a round of golf or two.
He was also a proud member of the Nowra Lions Club.
Friend and fellow Lion, Bob Wright, said Jack Fisher would be missed.
"Jack was a very articulate and very generous man," Mr Wright said.
"He liked things to be exactly right and was also a very caring person."
Mr Wright said his friend Jack was also an inspiring person.
"He was someone who thought about his community," he said.
Mr Wright said with Jack Fisher in charge the catering side of the relay worked like a machine.
"Like his accountancy - everything was exact. He used to know exactly how much a watermelon weighed and how many people it would feed for breakfast," Mr Wright said.
"He will be missed and it's so near to this year's relay as well
"There will be some rounds of the Nowra Showground walked for Jack this year."
Nowra Lions are celebrating 60-years and they would had like to celebrated it with Mr Fisher.
Meanwhile, Mrs Lucas said the relay committee would miss Mr Fisher for many reasons.
"Jack's enthusiasm for the community and his attention to detail are things we try and emulate but the thing that will be missed will be those chats," Mrs Lucas said.
"You did not necessarily discuss anything major but just knowing that Jack was giving you all his attention for that moment in time was what counted the most.
"Jack leaves behind a legacy that we can only hope to aim for but he has shown us the true epitome of what a gentleman should be."
Mr Fisher would not want the spotlight to be on him - he would want the focus to be on the 2019 relay at the Nowra Showground from Saturday March 30.
His funeral is on March 22 at 11am at Worrigee.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Relay for Life.
Tribute from Cancer Council
Melaina Tate, Volunteering and Partnerships Coordinator, on behalf of the Cancer Council NSW, would like to thank Mr Fisher for all his great work.
"Cancer Council's engagement with local communities only happens with the work, commitment and passion of people like Jack Fisher," she said.
"He was instrumental in bringing Relay for Life to the Shoalhaven area, has been a supporter and volunteer with Cancer Council for more than 15 years.
"Alongside his wife Esma, he has supported and encouraged within the community in so many ways.
:As a Relay Ambassador and Committee Member, he has led with compassion and will be missed.
"It was a privilege to drive Jack, along with Jim and Eileen Briggs around the track for the opening lap of the 2018 Nowra Relay for Life.
"His quiet patience and understanding as we prepared to lead the opening, the sound of the people gathering and the conversation with Jack will stay in my memory forever."