Bangalow is in mourning for Michael
"A GREAT man and an incredibly tireless worker for Bangalow" is how Michael Dowd has described Michael Malloy, who died on Sunday after a long battle with cancer.
It was just one of many tributes from the Bangalow community and sporting leaders for Mr Malloy, known as "Mr Bangalow", who last month was awarded the prestigious NSW Premier's Community Service Award by Ballina MP Don Page.
At the presentation, Mr Page said Mr Malloy was a champion for the Bangalow community.
"There is no one with so much passion and commitment to Bangalow as Michael Malloy," he said.
"He has worked tirelessly for many years for the benefit of the Bangalow community."
Mr Dowd, the manager of the Bangalow Hotel, said words could not describe just how much work Mr Malloy had done for the town.
"The amount of behind-the-scenes work he did was also incredible," he said.
"He never wanted any accolades. He was a really fantastic, lovely guy and a great friend to many.
"Bangalow is in mourning, it's lost a great man and a great person."
Mr Dowd said Mr Malloy never sought thanks for his community work.
Byron Shire Mayor Cr Jan Barham said Mr Malloy was a community volunteer "extraordinaire".
"He was a great inspiration to all those people who enjoyed living in the Byron Shire community," she said.
"Michael showed how important it is to be involved and give back to the community he loved.
"He will be sadly missed but I hope his inspiration lives on."
Former fellow councillor Hugh Ermacora told ABC Radio while he didn't always see eye to eye with Mr Malloy, "there was a huge amount of admiration for the guy".
Mr Ermacora said Mr Malloy was a very bright man and very dedicated.
"It's a sad loss to the community, no question," he said.
Mr Malloy worked tirelessly for the community and was venue co-ordinator of the Bangalow A and I Hall; organiser of the Bangalow Christmas Eve carnival; president of the Bangalow Chamber of Commerce; president of the Bangalow Music Festival; secretary of the Bangalow Rugby Club; director of community projects; member of Bangalow Lions Club; vice-president of the Bangalow Pool Trust; volunteer at the Kids in the Kitchen Cooking School and patron of the Bangalow Community Children's Centre.
He was also a committee member of the Bangalow Billycart Derby and patron of the Bangalow Public School.
Mr Malloy volunteered for 12 years at the Byron Bay Writers Festival.