Mick Endres was a man with heart the size of the ocean
MICK Endres, who was lost at sea earlier this month, has been fondly remembered by those who know him as having "a heart the size of the ocean".
A fitting tribute was held for the missing fisherman at the Evans Head Fishermen's Co-op on Saturday, ahead of a remembrance service this coming Saturday.
An orange lifebuoy, rope and blue helium balloons were slung over a docking post, accompanied by a photo and a letter of tribute to "Big Mick".
The balloons were released to commemorate the liked South Lismore man.
Photos posted to Facebook were accompanied by a heartfelt message from the co-op, which Mr Endres was a board member of.
"We miss you Big Mick and know you're catching boat loads of fish in Heaven," it said.
"You certainly had a heart the size of the ocean and we feel honoured to have known you.
"Michael Endres loved being a part of the Northern Rivers community and said 'it's just a great place to grow up'.
"He started fishing at the age of five and was a strong believer in keeping it local and supporting the Australian fishing industry. We're going to miss you buddy."
Geoff O'Rourke, from the co-op, said Mr Endres would be missed by many in Evans Head and the wider Northern Rivers community.
"Everyone I've spoken to really seemed to like him," Mr O'Rourke said.
Mr O'Rourke said Saturday's tribute was well-attended and he expected the upcoming remembrance service to also gather a strong crowd of well-wishers.
Mr Endres disappeared while on a fishing expedition off the coast of Evans Head earlier this month.
A search started on the morning of September 13 after Mr Endres failed to return to port about 30 hours after his last radio contact.
It was called off after a day, following the discovery of Mr Endres's empty 7m craft Julie, 16 nautical miles east of Evans Head.