BOB Myers will be remembered as a man with a kind heart and a passion for social justice.
Mr Myers, 81, passed away at home on June 8 surrounded by his family.
The Warrnambool man worked as a technician and owned a television shop in Timor Street. In 1972 he met the late Father Tom Brophy who was helping troubled boys in the Ballarat Catholic diocese.
Mr Myers chaired the committee that built Brophy Memorial Hostel and in 1979 he became the director of the hostel. He was the director of Brophy Family and Youth Services until 1996.
He also helped form the Warrnambool Social Justice Group and the national organisation Pace e Bene.
A colleague at Pace e Bene, Brendan McKeague, said Mr Myers was a wonderful person to work with and an all-round lovely person who “walked the talk.”
“I remember being struck by the quiet and thoughtful presence of this old fella,” he said.
“Bob provided a strong sense of purpose and enthusiastic energy for setting up and sustaining a structure to support our vision.
“His passion, dedication, energy, considered wisdom, grace and good sense will remain with me ... he was a very special man indeed.”
Mr Myers’ funeral will be held at St Joseph’s Catholic Church at 1pm on Friday.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years Rhonda, their three children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.