Family and friends pay tribute to kind, selfless shearer David Brown

David John Brown was someone who made the most out of life and on Monday, as hundreds gathered to pay tribute to his life, the rain stopped and the sun shone over Dalton.

David John Brown sadly died in a tragic house fire on July 22. Photo: supplied

David John Brown sadly died in a tragic house fire on July 22. Photo: supplied

Mr Brown's daughter, Dani, said her father was very loved and would be missed.

The gentle, kind and selfless shearer, affectionately known as 'Brownie', died in a tragic house fire on July 22.

Members of the Rural Fire Service who helped to fight the fire wore their uniforms in tribute to the graveside service at Dalton Cemetery.

Dani let out a small laugh as she said her father was "almost invincible". She described a near accident with a tractor and a time Mr Brown nearly lost his leg to a chainsaw.

She said her dad loved winding people up.

"Dad wasn't a fancy man," Dani said. "He liked his beer and a smoke. He loved camping and fishing."

"It's hard to honour him with words, they fall below the mark," she said.

Hundreds gathered at Mr Brown's funeral and friends and relatives placed a bottle of Bundaberg Rum, a stubby holder and native Australian fauna and flora on his coffin.

Mr Brown was born on July 27, 1949, and went to Dalton Public School.

Hundreds gathered at the graveside service at Dalton Cemetery for David Brown. Photo: Hannah Sparks

Hundreds gathered at the graveside service at Dalton Cemetery for David Brown. Photo: Hannah Sparks

He lived and raised his children on his family's eighth-generation property on Jerrawa Road in Dalton.

As well as shearing, Mr Brown ran a fertiliser business. He was also known as a bush mechanic, builder and welder.

Dani said her father loved animals and friends said Mr Brown always had a dog with him when he was shearing.

Sadly, his dogs Louie and Ty were inside the house at the time of the fire.

"He was stubborn and not afraid to work," Dani said.

"Dad believed in giving young people a go and was always happy to share his experience."

Mr Brown is remembered as a husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle.

He is survived by his four children Dani, Jodie, Jake and Sarah, his older sister, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Sarah said her dad was the greatest man she will ever know.

David Brown loved fishing and a beer. Photo: supplied

David Brown loved fishing and a beer. Photo: supplied

"He was gentle, kind and selfless. There wasn't much he wouldn't do for others. He would even give his shirt off his back," she said.

"He would work from the sun up to the sundown.

"He had his battles in life but he kept pushing through."

Mr Brown's son Jake was among the pallbearers at the service and carried the coffin out to Old Rugged Cross by Merle Haggard.

He had been battling terminal cancer for the past few years and Mr Brown's family took comfort in knowing he was at peace in Heaven with his late wife and parents.

Sarah said her dad had a silly sense of humour that would always have everyone up in stitches. She also said he was her go-to person.

"I'm lucky to have had a Dad that had so much love to give, not only to me but to everyone else."

Dani said if there was anything to learn from the loss of Mr Brown, it would be to live life with happiness and heart.