POPULAR Ballarat parliamentarian Dick de Fegely has been remembered as a gentleman and community advocate following his death on Tuesday.
Mr de Fegely was 84 and died after treatment in the St John of God Hospital in Geelong.
Born in Ararat in 1928, the former Ballarat Province representative is survived by his wife Ruth and sons Rob, Phillip and Charles.
Educated at Ararat High School and Geelong Grammar School, he was elected to the Victorian Legislative Council in March 1985.
He served as shadow minister for Housing and Construction, government whip and the parliamentary representative on University of Ballarat Council before retiring in 1999.
Former Liberal MP Barry Traynor described Mr de Fegely as a mentor and guide and lifelong friend.
“Politicians from both sides come and go but you don’t find them of the sort of Dick,” he said.
“He was an old fashioned gentleman and had a lifelong commitment to education and many other good causes. He worked hard to see the University of Ballarat succeed and put a lot into it.”