Tributes flow for city leader

COMMUNITY STALWART: State Governor Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce presents Barry Maney with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) at Government House in 2013. HAPPY TIMES: Barry Maney with his most trusted friend, his dog Rusty.

MOUNT Gambier businessman and philanthropist Barry Maney OAM will be remembered as one of the city’s most influential identities of the past 50 years.

The founder of the Barry Maney Group died on Friday aged 72 after battling illness.

Barry will be remembered as a prominent business and community leader who contributed significantly to the city’s social and economic wellbeing.

He was the catalyst for the development of Regional Foodbank Mount Gambier, which has had a profound impact in helping to feed the hungry, disadvantaged and the poor.

Barry also spearheaded the unprecedented bi-annual fundraising luncheon for the region’s homeless and was a much-loved patron and first ticket holder of the West Gambier Football Club.

As a sign of respect, West Gambier football club members wore black armbands during their matches on the weekend.

The West Gambier flag was also flown at half-mast on Saturday at Vansittart Park, which was where he played football as a young man.

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