A PUBLIC celebration of the life of former Gympie man and founding father of Australian triathlon, Garth Prowd, will be held in Noosa Woods next Friday.
The driving force behind the Noosa Triathlon and the modern Ironman series, Garth died in a Barcelona hospital after a crash during a training ride in Spain.
His body and the extended family that were beside him during his last hours, returned to the Sunshine Coast on Monday.
Awarded an OAM for his services to sport, Garth also served on the Tourism Noosa and Sunshine Coast Council Events boards.
A much-loved member of the Noosa community he was also, at the time of his death, patron of the Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club and an invaluable adviser to its board.
Garth's funeral arrangements have been published.
They read: "Garth Prowd, OAM, passed away surrounded by his family on July 30, aged 65, following a tragic bike accident.
"Much loved and admired husband of Robyn, father of Sally, Megan and Katie, adored grandfather of Hugo, Milo and Iris, father-in-law to Matt and Ben, and friend, mentor and inspiration to countless others, he will be endlessly missed.
"The Prowd family has warmly invited friends and family to join them at a memorial service to celebrate Garth's life, on August 18 from 1pm at Noosa Woods, Hastings St, Noosa.
"Following the memorial service family and friends will gather at Noosa Surf Club, from 3-5pm.
"A smaller funeral service for close family and friends will be held on August 17 at Pepper's Noosa Resort, from 3pm.”