Hawera man Fulton Harvey McClenaghan, who died on Sunday aged 61, will be remembered as a man who did things his way.
And, true to that mantra, he has asked mourners to give the flowers a miss and take a $3 TAB Easybet in his honour.
Born and raised in Hawera, Mr McClenaghan loved his sports but more so loved sharing tall tales and making friends.
Brother Dennis said the larger-than-life character would be sorely missed by all who knew him.
He said Fulton would head to Hawera's Rough Habits Sports Bar and Cafe every day at 4pm, almost without fail, for a good old-fashioned chin-wag and a punt.
"If he wasn't going there, he would ring up and tell them he wasn't coming.
"Because otherwise they would wonder where he was."
Rough Habits co-owners Brent and Adrienne Cudby said he was one of a kind.
"He would only come in for a couple and still be here five hours later talking to people," Brent said. "He could talk to anyone."
Mr McClenaghan is survived by his five sisters and brother, daughter Kelly and two grandchildren.
His funeral will be held today at St Mary's Anglican Church in Hawera, and should be over before the first race at the Timaru gallops, timed to go at 12.23.
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