The passing of 'local legend' Greg Frost has devastated the Tyrendarra community.
Mr Frost, 68, died in a car accident after suffering a medical episode on Saturday afternoon.
He had been on the way to watch his beloved footy side - Tyrendarra - take on Heywood in the South West District Football League grand final. His daughter Kathy Gray said he first made a stop in Warrnambool to watch his nephew Dylan Campbell play for South Rovers in the club's under 18s grand final against Merrivale.
Mr Frost recently celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife Marilyn. Mrs Gray said her father had a number of passions in life, including family, football and cricket.
He was a great role model to Mrs Gray and her brother David and a proud grandfather of James, 20, and Megan, 17. "One of the last conversations I had with dad was him telling me there was nothing he wouldn't do for my children," Mrs Gray said.
Craig Dyson, one of Mr Frost's close mates, said you'd be hard pressed to find a more genuine, kind and fun-loving bloke.
"No one would say a bad word about Greg Frost," Mr Dyson said.
His athletic ability and natural talent on the footy and cricket fields earnt him legendary status in the south-west. "He was a fantastic footballer, so strong," Mr Dyson said.
Mr Frost was a member of Tyrendarra's premiership side in 1975, although an injury nearly saw him sidelined.
"He pulled a hamstring a couple of weeks earlier so he went and got a bunch of needles so that he could play," Mr Dyson said.
He said his mate was determined to play and wasn't going to let an injury stop him.
He paid for it afterwards, but didn't care. "His leg was black from the hamstring down to the ankle after the match," Mr Dyson said.
Mr Frost even trained with Collingwood for a short period but he was a country boy at heart and decided not to pursue this avenue, according to his daughter.
He won the league best and fairest in 1977 and had a number of best and fairest medals from his time at the Tyrendarra and Portland football clubs. When he wasn't cheering on Tyrendarra, he was barracking for St Kilda.
He was stoked to attend their one and only premiership win in 1966.
Mr Frost had a stint as president of the Tyrendarra Football Netball Club and he manned the gate on game days.
In recent years, Mr Frost and his wife ran a limousin cattle stud.
The couple loved to travel and enjoyed recent trips to the US, Denmark and Italy.
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