For over three decades, Peter Veenstra gave his all to the sport of rugby union across the Central West.
On Friday the rugby union community paid him back as best it could, with a guard of honour after a small, private funeral.
Coronavirus restrictions limited how many people could attend the service, but Orange Emus, Orange City and the Central West Rugby Union fraternity came together as a mark of respect, with 30-odd people making a guard of honour for his coffin and again for the hearse.
The service was held at St Joseph's on Friday for family and friends, with a potential public memorial to come depending on coronavirus restrictions.
Mr Veenstra died over the weekend after a long battle with illness.
He serves as CEO of the CWRU for 31 years and was intimately tied into the fabric of Central West rugby.
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