Councillors, staff in guard of honour
KYOGLE Council staff and councillors formed a guard of honour outside Our Lady of Sorrows church in Kyogle yesterday for the coffin of 72-year-old Bryan Hannigan.
The coffin was draped in a red and green Rabbitoh's flag given to Mr Hannigan just weeks ago by his grandchildren. Tributes were made during a moving service for Mr Hannigan, who loved Kyogle and served the town as a councillor for 13 years.
Mark Hannigan spoke of his father's kindness, strength and the endearing way he 'would always help everybody out'.
He also spoke of Mr Hannigan's dedication to his four children and 13 grandchildren, saying his dad would never miss one of his son's football matches.
“You could always hear dad at the games, he always had the loudest roar and sometimes thought he was the referee, judge and coach,” he said.
“He also taught us how to be strong and survive on a few hours' sleep - the cows still had to be milked when you had a hangover.”
Montanna Hannigan told the congregation her grandfather would never miss her dance recitals and always had an answer when she called for advice.
“He taught us to always support and respect others and to never give up,” she said.
Mark Hannigan also thanked his dad for teaching his kids how to perform uppercuts and how to rumble.
Kyogle mayor Ernie Bennett said that there would be a definite gap in the community without Mr Hannigan, who had planned to run again in this year's local council election.
“Bryan had a lot of influence over the shape of this town, not only as a councillor but also in his work with council as a town planner,” he said.