It is with a heavy heart that the Shepparton community and entire nation farewells Jarrod Lyle.
The popular golfer sadly died at 8.20pm on Wednesday and tributes have poured out from the golfing community and beyond.
Lyle endured an incredibly long battle with cancer and it was a testament to his character that he continued to reach such heights on the golf course.
Beginning almost 20 years ago when he was first diagnosed with myeloid leukaemia aged 17, Lyle most recently faced his third battle against the horrific disease.
He inspired so many with his tenacity to keep going in the face of adversity.
He was not only a hero to young Goulburn Valley golfers, he was a hero to the entire community and nation.
Lyle’s family have also shown tremendous courage during such a tragic time in their lives.
Given his sporting prowess and status, the family have been unable to grieve privately and this must have been incredibly difficult for them.
Lyle’s wife Briony has tirelessly kept the public updated on her husband’s condition and made her final statement on Wednesday night where she spoke for Lyle.
The words reflect the champion’s character — that he always thought of others, right until the end.
Lyle’s legacy will continue to live on in Shepparton, in Torquay, across the country and the world.
Those who knew the brave legend intimately remembered his down-to-earth nature, where it did not matter whether he was chatting with a pro or a young up-and-comer, he treated everyone the same.
He will be remembered as a selfless champion who touched the lives of so many.