A former Coleraine shearer knew how to inject a burst of fun into any wool shed.
Adam McClure, 32, was killed in a car accident near Beaufort on December 6.
He is survived by his two daughters Frankie, 6, and Annabel, 4.
Mr McClure's mate Nick Martin said the talented shearer was one of a kind.
"Adam was full of surprises and contradictions," Mr Martin said.
"He was a talented shearer and an equally talented songwriter.
"He has become a bit of an icon in the shearing industry, both locally and internationally, for his music.
"Two of his most popular songs would be The 50 Stroke and That's a Peeler and it is a line from the latter where he got his nickname 'The Wether Wrestler'."
Mr Martin said he had also created a comic Bush HipHop, which explores the day to day struggles and humour of the shearing industry.
"My feeling is that beyond his work being outright good song writing it expresses something about life in Australia's shearing sheds that could only possibly be captured by someone well acquainted with the hard grind of the job," Mr Martin said.
"For this reason there probably isn't a shearing shed in Australia in which you wouldn't hear his songs playing on people's playlists on a daily basis.
"He was the people's poet - he sang about shearers for shearers."
Mr Martin said Mr McClure always knew how to make people laugh.
"He had an amazing ability to infect the people around him with positivity," Mr Martin said.
"He could make the toughest job easy with his sense of humour."
Mr Martin has set up a GoFundMe page to help Mr McClure's ex wife care for their children.
"I have set up this GoFundMe page to assist with the day to day costs of caring for his children in the immediate aftermath of this unexpected and terrible tragedy," Mr Martin sid.
"Adam was a loving and dedicated father. He absolutely adored his two girls.
"When the girls were not in his care he made regular financial contributions towards their upkeep and welfare.
"His passing has brought an abrupt end to this support and being so close to Christmas comes at a difficult time of the year for a lot of families budget-wise."
Mr Martin said he had been overwhelmed by the support of the community, with more than $12,000 raised so far.
"I would love to take this opportunity to thank each and every donor that we have had to this cause so far," he said.
"I've been really overwhelmed at the depth and breadth of support that Adam's family have received, some of it from friends and acquaintances and some of it from people who didn't know him personally but knew his music.
"There have been donations from as far afield as Ireland and the UK.
"We still have a little way to go so I would encourage anyone who this story resonates with to either share awareness of this fundraiser or to donate if they can.
"It doesn't have to be much...a lot of a little goes a long way."
You can make a donation here.
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