FAMILY MAN: Beau Neal with his son Jack.
FAMILY MAN: Beau Neal with his son Jack. Contributed

Farewell to the man with the cheeky grin

FRIENDS of Tara man Beau Neal have described him as an inspiring family man with a cheeky grin after he passed away in a car accident last week.

Mr Neal died outside of Tara on Saturday, July 28, leaving behind his wife of four months, Tori, and his three-year-old son, Jack.

For friend and fellow polocrosser Jamie Sutton, 'Beauy' was a lifelong friend.

"His parents and my parents are family friends, my mum and his dad grew up together. And we've been having barbecues ever since,” Mr Sutton said.

It's an identical story for Mr Neal's brother-in-law and fellow polocrosse player Ronnie Stephens.

Mr Neal was a talented player, having represented Queensland on numerous occasions as a stellar No.3.

"He was extremely popular with the whole polocrosse community,” Mr Stephens said.

"His grin and his personality... he was really easy going, always up for a good time.”

One of the hallmarks of Mr Neal's personality was by all accounts his "cheeky grin”.

"He was a really happy-go-lucky sort of fella, really cheeky, had an unbelievably cheeky grin that no-one could ever get cranky at,” Mr Stephens said.

And he was always up for some fun with the people he cared about.

"He had a pretty warm heart,” Mr Sutton recalled.

"Anyone could go to his house and he'd give you a coffee or a beer, cook you a feed and he was always happy to see everyone.

"He was always keen to do stuff, he never wasted any time anywhere, he was always doing something.

"He lived, I suppose. He got up early... and was still doing stuff after dark.

"He was inspiring.”

A fan of water-skiing, hunting, fishing, and polocrosse, Mr Neal was

also a loving husband and father.

Mr Sutton described him as quite a family man.

"Usually everywhere he went or whatever he's done it was him, Tori and Jack, whether they were going skiing, or polocrosse, or to a barbecue somewhere or over to his mum and dad's to do some cattle work, it was them three together,” he said.

Friends and family will farewell Mr Neal at his funeral tomorrow at the Moonie Sports Club from 10am.

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