VICTORIAN firefighter Peter Cramer has been remembered as an unconventional larrikin.Mr Cramer, 61, died on January 13 at Taranna, east of Hobart, while working on foot to identify potential containment lines on the southern boundary of the Forcett fire about two to three kilometres from the active fire edge.
Family, friends and colleagues from the emergency services farewelled him at a service overflowing with mourners at Latrobe Valley Funeral Services Chapel in Traralgon today.
Friend Kevin Giblin remembers his mate Cracker as a compassionate, hard working, irrepressible larrikin, who was never short of a hug and a kiss for those around him.
"Crackers always had a hug for everyone," he said.
"Hands up if you had your first man-kiss from Crackers."
Crackers entertained people with his bird calls and impersonations, such as his take on cricket personality, Richie Benaud, Mr Giblin said.
Mr Cramer's son, Dylan, said his Dad taught him how to make home brewed beer and play table tennis and Dylan went on to become a Victorian table tennis champion.
"He would say 'go easy on me son', Dylan said.
"He was and always will be proud."
Dylan described his father as the world's best Dad.
"He will always be my hero, my idol, my everything."
Mr Cramer was a Department of Sustainability and Environment firefighter and CFA volunteer from Tyers in Gippsland.
He was part of a contingent of more than 70 Victorian emergency services workers sent to Tasmania to help fight the state's devastating fires.
Representatives for the CFA, DSE, Victoria Police and Parks Victoria formed an honour guard as Mr Cramer's coffin was led away, draped with an Australian flag and carried by a CFA truck.