TERRY Irwin juggled a 41 year career as a radiographer with hefty involvement in the RSL and Orange Ex-Services Club.
But for his daughter Sharon Boog the military man, who rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, lived for his family.
Mr Irwin died last Thursday, just hours after his 89th birthday.
"Even though he was so busy with his work at the hospital and the army his family was his whole life," Mrs Boog said.
Colleagues and friends from all parts of Mr Irwin's life agreed it was his military-like persona that made him an asset to anything he turned his hand to.
The Ex-Services' club's former auditor Derek Pigot credits Mr Irwin with turning the club's finances around dramatically when he was at the helm as president for more than a decade in the 1990s.
"He paid off all the existing debts and made major improvements to the country club... and added more reception rooms at the Ex-Services club," Mr Pigot said.
"He made the club a very important part of the social fabric of Orange."
Mr Pigot remembers Mr Irwin as an achiever.
"Being a military man of high rank he was a very good leader and he knew how to get various resolutions through the [Ex-Services' Club] board," he said.
In 1966 Mr Irwin was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his military service and was also awarded an Efficiency Decoration (ED).
In 1997 he added more letters to his name when he received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his services to the community.
Former RSL sub-branch president Brian Merchant worked closely with Mr Irwin while organising Anzac Day services.
"Everything was always black or white with Terry there was no grey area," he said.
"I have all the admiration in the world for Terry.
"He was fairly regimented and strict for the sake of protocol."
Orange Ex-Services Club junior vice president Les McGaw agreed.
Mr McGaw said Mr Irwin was one of the last remaining men involved in the early days of the Romani Barracks after the war.
He rose to the ranks of commanding officer of the 1/19 battalion based at the barracks.
Mrs Boog said her father's army training crept in when he attempted to make family life more regimented, but she and her two siblings usually prevailed.
"Someone who worked with him at the hospital said that was one of the wonderful things about the military training," she said.
"She'd never had such a terrific boss because the department ran like clockwork there were policies and procedures so everyone knew what they could and couldn't do.
"It was the same with the board of the RSL club."
Mr Irwin moved to Orange from Mount Isa in 1947 to work at the Orange Base Hospital juggling the roles of pathology and X-ray technician.
He initially planned to return to the warmer climate, but met his would-be wife Beryl while she was training to be a nurse.
In 1962 the hospital's departments were overhauled and Mr Irwin chose to pursue the radiography path eventually rising to the rank of chief radiographer before retiring in 1988.
"He loved his job," Mrs Boog said.
"When he first started he was the only one so he was on call 24 hours a day.
"We'd be in the middle of a family function and he'd have to go in and take an X-ray."
In recent years Mr Irwin's health declined but he was still mobile and would regularly walk along the footpath outside his house checking the security, Mrs Boog said.
Mr Irwin is survived by his wife Beryl and three children Sharon Boog, Peter Irwin and Debbie Hazzard and their families.
His funeral service will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Tuesday at 10.30am.