THE community of the Port Macquarie-Hastings region has rallied together to support the funding for Chok Ming Chan’s (Billy) funeral.
The funeral will be on Wednesday, October 26 at Innes Gardens Memorial Park chapel at 11am.
There will be a burial followed by refreshments at Westport Bowling Club.
Family friend Mary Choi Ho said she is grateful for the assistance from the local community, as Mr Chan did not have any children and his niece lives in Sydney.
Local businesses have also set up donation boxes, so that the public can contribute to the funeral.
Ken Little’s Quality Fruit and Veg shop is one of the businesses.
Mr Little said that Mr Chan used to come into the shop often, not always to buy produce but just to chat.
Mr Chan wasn’t suspected of being lonely, Mr Little said he just liked to talk to people.
He was known by a different name everywhere he went, and the shop used to call him ‘The Captain’.
Ms Choi Ho said she had even received donations from people who didn’t know Mr Chan very well, including a $100 donation from a bus driver.
The bus driver told Ms Choi Ho that Mr Chan would always wave at him and was very friendly.