The Jimboomba and Beaudesert communities are mourning the loss of John Weir, a well known and highly respected volunteer throughout the district.
Mr Weir died unexpectedly, aged 58, of a heart attack at home on July 5.
Family friend Mandy Arthurell said Mr Weir always had a sense of humour and was passionate about team work and camaraderie.
“He was a very well known man to many community organisations,” she said.
“He just knew so many people and there is a large feeling of loss that will be very hard to fill.”
Mr Weir was a recovery mechanic in the Australian Army for 21 years, achieving the rank of Corporal.
Mr Weir volunteered with the Jimboomba Fire Brigade and was an active member of the Scenic Rim SES, where he was the Beaudesert group leader for many years.
He also was dedicated to the cadet movement throughout the wider area and was the Regimental Sergeant Major of Jimboomba and Districts Cadet Unit.
Ms Arthurell said John had been the “go to man” for the cadets.
“They are devastated to have lost him,” she said.
“He’s made so much of an impact on so many people’s lives through his mentoring and guidance in his various organisations.”
Unprepared for Mr Weir’s death, his family is seeking financial assistance for funeral costs through a gofundme page.
Mr Weir leaves behind wife Christine, children Iain, Meaghan, Mikaela and Alicia, and grandchildren Braedyn, Andrew, Cooper, Maddison and Noah.
Mr Weir’s funeral will be held at JC Family Church, corner of Tamborine and Merton streets, Jimboomba on July 19 at 10am.