The death of Ron “Rocky” McLean on September 15 has had a profound effect on a wide cross section of the community he loved and now a fundraiser has been organised to assist the family with ongoing expenses.

Always a keen bowler, Rocky loved a roll-up and it seemed appropriate to his mates Stephen “Butch” Campbell and Keith Millerd that a fun bowls night would be the way to go.

Gunnedah Bowling Club will be the venue on Friday, November 10, from around 5pm.

“We just wanted to do something for the family,” Butch said.

“We are planning on some fun bowls and a sausage sizzle as well as live music and a silent auction of donated items. We have some great raffle prizes too.

“Anyone who can make a donation or buy a raffle ticket or even help out on the night would be very welcome.”

As editor of the Namoi Valley Independent from 1979 to 1998 Rocky McLean was an icon in the community, he played tennis and cricket, coached junior tennis for more than 20 years and supported all types of sport across the community with his articles in the paper.

But his passion was always writing and his dedication to every section of the community was unrivaled winning multiple awards. As a member of the local historical society, he wrote and published several books on the history of Gunnedah and his name will live on for generations to come.

Anyone who would like to assist can contact Butch Campbell on 0427 426 978, email [email protected] or leave a message at the Gunnedah Times office.

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