The man who died in a car accident at Sutton last Thursday has been identified by family and friends as 53-year-old Pud Huggins.
Mr Huggins lived in Rye Park, near Boorowa in NSW, with his partner of nearly 32 years Megan Moorby, and close to his three step-children and five grandchildren.
His step-daughter Laura Moorby described him as a man "with a heart of gold".
"He would give you the shirt off his back. He would do anything for anyone at the drop of a hat, and give you his last $10 if he had it," Ms Moorby said.
"He was just a really impressionable person; he would make you belly laugh, not just laugh a little bit - he would have you in stitches.
"Everyone he met would have a funny story to tell about him."
Mr Huggins helped out everybody he knew, whether it was as a farmhand or in sheds doing odd jobs, Ms Moorby said.
He was a self-made mechanic and loved to tinker with cars - "he had cars pulled apart all over the yard, but nothing worth anything", Ms Moorby said - but his greatest achievement was his grandchildren.
"He absolutely adored them and they adored him," she said.
"Pop, they called him ... [and] he was extremely proud of them."
The family have been through unimaginable trauma since Ms Moorby's son, Hayden Traynor, was born in March with a rare congenital heart disease and was required to have open-heart surgery.
He needs to have keyhole surgery every three to four months until he is about four-years-old, and had a stroke about two and a half months ago during surgery.
"He nearly died again and we've just had 12 weeks of hell," Ms Moorby said.
"It really took it out of Pud watching us go through all of this.
"It's really awful; the last thing we needed was this."
Hayden is also required to have ongoing physiotherapy because of the stroke.
Ms Moorby's other son, Hunter Traynor, is nearly three-years-old. Her sister Emma Moorby has two sons, Ned and Ethan, and a step-daughter, Avril, while their brother Gerard Moorby lives nearby.
Mr Huggins was an infallible support network for their family, Ms Moorby said.
"[He was also a] really wonderful friend to his mates," she said.
"There's a lot of people who are very broken-hearted about this."
A family friend has set up a Go Fund Me page to support Mr Huggins' loved ones after the tragedy. The page has so far raised nearly $2000 of its $5500 goal.
Mr Huggins death was obviously a horrific and unexpected shock for Ms Moorby's family, who have struggled financially because of Hayden's medical condition.
"My partner has had twelve weeks off work [to support Hayden]," she said.
"We had no money backed up, so it's been already a really financially stressful time with our family and now this has happened."
Ms Moorby said she was very grateful and appreciate for the people who had donated to the page and shown the family support.
"He was a man that used to use a lot of slang and funny phrases," she said.
"He had his own word for everything.
"There will be lots of funny stories told at his funeral, that's for sure."
The incident is being investigated by police and has been described as an accident.
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