FAMILY and friends will celebrate the life of Max McIlwain on Wednesday.
Logan Village RSL sub-branch welfare officer Garry Alterator said Mr McIlwain passed away last week after a short battle with illness two hours shy of his 88th birthday.
“He was a real character who will be sorely missed,” he said.
Mr McIlwain joined the navy in 1950 and served for six years – five in research.
“The way he tells the story, there were two ships leaving in ‘56 – one for Korea, one for the UK. He went on the English one so he never really saw active service,” Mr Alterator said.
Mr McIlwain was also a former butcher and a Logan Village RSL favourite.
“He did a lot of work for us securing books and memorabillia,” Mr Alterator said.
A funeral will be held at Eco Memorial Park, Stapylton, on Wednesday, March 16, at noon.
Sub-branch members will wear medals. Family and friends are invited to take part in a poppy ceremony.
A get together follows at Logan Village RSL from 1-5pm.