to a local identity.
The large funeral gathering was studded with local names in a tribute to a man who had lived for 89 years in the district.
Max had also served in RAAF during WW2, flying 30 missions as Skipper of a 6 man crew in a Lancaster Bomber and received a Distinguished Flying Cross. All this at just age 20.
A life of an orchardist growing apples in Bacchus Marsh probably seemed a bit tame after that.
His legacy lives on his family, who did themselves proud today, giving Max a tribute befitting the honourable gentleman he was.