TOUCHING TRIBUTES: Ken McLean’s partner Michele, father John and family members carry his coffin to the hearse following his funeral at Lismore Memorial Gardens.
TOUCHING TRIBUTES: Ken McLean’s partner Michele, father John and family members carry his coffin to the hearse following his funeral at Lismore Memorial Gardens. Photo: Rodney Stevens

Hundreds farewell ‘loveable larrikin’ Ken McLean

THE life of "loveable Aussie larrikin" Ken McLean was celebrated at Lismore Memorial Gardens today, with more than 200 family and friends in attendance.

Mr McLean, of Lismore, died on January 20 while surfing at Yamba's Turners Beach after celebrating his 54th birthday with family and friends over a seafood lunch.

Photos of Mr McLean and his family sat on tables, flanked by surfboards on either side.

Celebrant Denise Paitson said Mr McLean was the sort of person who would do anything for anybody.

"Ken wouldn't want us to be sad today, but to remember him with smiles on our faces," she said.

His emotional partner Michele paid tribute to her soul mate.

"When I met Ken he changed my life forever," she said.

"He was the kindest and most beautiful man I had ever met."

While comforting Michele, Mr McLean's sister Rhonda Shone reflected lovingly on her brother.

"I loved my little brother dearly," she said.

His father John said in his younger years Mr McLean was 'a bit of a villain'.

In his eulogy long-time friend Keith Graham said Mr McLean was a father, son, brother, partner and a mate.

"He loved surfing, fishing, football, basketball, carpentry and a beer or two," he said. "Ken was someone people could count on in their hour of need."

The tables and chairs outside Lismore's Blueys Cafe were designed and built by Mr McLean and he worked on the construction of Lismore's Bounty motel.

He recently invented a rainwater box made from plastic which he patented.

"Don't feel sorry for Ken's passing," Mr Graham said.

"He died doing what he loved at his favourite place on earth."

Mr McLean is survived by his partner Michele, father John, daughters Taylah and Katelyn, step-daughter Zoe, sister Rhonda and brothers Stephen and Bruce.



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