THE late Greg Miller loved Leeton and the community loved him right back.
Mr Miller passed away suddenly on September 25, leaving behind a community, friends and family who have mourned the loss of a great mate.
Born on March 2, 1942, Mr Miller faced many hardships in his life, but perhaps what he was most known for was his tenacity to overcome these challenges and still live a great life.
After being struck down with viral encephalitis in 1968, Mr Miller could have let life pass him by, but he didn't let that stop him.
In 1991 he was named the shire's sportsperson of the year for top achievements, which included a charity ride from Leeton to Wagga to raise money for epilepsy.
More cycling feats followed, then triathlons and he even tried his hand at the City2Surf.
He had medals upon medals - many of them gold - from the NSW Sports Carnival for Disabled swimming and athletics carnivals.
Many of these accolades were achieved at a state level and he also brought home several honours from the Queensland International Games.
Many may remember when Mr Miller took on the mammoth task of cycling all the way from Sydney to Leeton, raising money for charity and promoting Leeton at the same time.
It was no easy feat for the sportsman, who had lost significant movement as a result of his viral encephalitis battle.
Leeton turned out to cheer him on when he made it back to town, completing a lap of honour while exhausted from the journey.
Mr Miller was known to be a bright mind, a man who loved the Leeton Greens, he enjoyed a chat with his friends, especially his daily visits to the Coffee Tree where he was more than just part of the furniture - he was family.
He would often pop in to The Irrigator office, asking all about the latest news and putting in his two cents.
He took a keen interest in anything and everything to do with Leeton - often stacking his suitcases with promotional material about the shire while travelling overseas with his great mate Tom Boyle.
The pair travelled all over the globe, seeing parts of the world many could only dream of - including North Korea.
In 2000 he was granted the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch, which was an exciting moment in his life.
He also worked during his adult years and many would remember the store he ran in Pine Avenue.
Mr Miller was a man of the community and the community loved him right back.
His achievements were long and vast, but to know Greg was a great privilege many had and there's no doubting the community he loved so much will miss seeing him and having a chat each day.