By Jessica Micallef
Tributes are flowing in for a man remembered for his “enthusiasm and great brilliance”.
Much-loved Kyneton identity Eric Scoble, 69, died earlier this month.
Mr Scoble was known for wearing Kyneton on his sleeve.
He had been a part of the annual Kyneton and Daffodil and Arts Festival for more than 40 years and was the event’s president since 2013.
He was also widely involved in the Kyneton sports community. He was made a life member of the Kyneton Junior Soccer Club, was a secretary for the Kyneton Cycling Club and had been part of Kyneton Little Athletics for 20 years.
Festival secretary Marg Dearricott said Mr Scoble was an energetic and generous community member.
“Not just with the festival but in many organisations,” she said.
“He did a lot of generous work for the Stroke Foundation.
“He was a great encouragement for all people to be involved in all sorts of capacity. He was a most wonderful ferret race organiser and he entertained hundreds of people.
“We will miss him so much in the festival because of his great expertise in daffodils.
“He has been a major player in a daffodil bulb sale which has been a great fundraiser for the festival.”
Mr Scoble and his wife Janet were crowned daffodil king and queen in 1999.
He was appointed as an officer of the Order of Australia in last year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
At the time, he told Star Weekly everything he had ever done, was for Kyneton.
“I’ve done it from the heart, not for the glory of it,” he said. “I was born and bred in Kyneton.”
Ms Dearricott said Mr Scoble will be remembered as a “legend”.
“He will be remembered in creating something that has been a fabulous event,” she said.