Member for Western Victoria Bev McArthur paid tribute to well-known businessman Pat Gleeson in parliament last week.
The 78-year-old was diagnosed with cancer in his lung about two months ago and passed away last month.
"Today I want to celebrate one of Warrnambool's great men, a great achiever and volunteer, a great dad and husband, Mr Pat Edward Gleeson," Ms McArthur said. "He made his mark in the automotive industry, spending three decades selling cars from his dealership.
His family says even after retirement he would remember every car he sold and when and to whom."
Mrs McArthur said he was a top sportsman, excelling in football and golf.
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"Any club was lucky to have him," she said.
"He volunteered and started things that today just keep going-the Acme Field Days, the Wunta festival, the beloved Rotary Hole in One.
"He donated so much, he did so much, and in return he was loved so much.
"Everyone knew Pat and Pat knew everyone. His loss will be felt-a compliment not afforded all. His wife of 55 years, Helen, last week said Pat's ambition was to go to the moon. Well, he may not have made it there, but there is no doubt he is looking down on us from a much loftier place today. My sincere condolences to his beautiful family."
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