POPULAR Somerset Regional Council member Neil Zabel was farewelled by the community last week after he succumbed to cancer of the kidneys.
Mourners packed the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lowood to remember his life and service to the community.
Born in January 1946, Cr Zabel grew up in Minden.
After his marriage in 1965, Cr Zabel and his wife Judy bought a farm in Mt Tarampa, raising dairy cattle and small crops.
During this time, Cr Zabel was also a member of the Jacaranda Butter Factory Board.
In 1997, Cr Zabel sold his farm and moved into a house in Lowood, although he remained a farmer to the end, maintaining a vegetable patch, despite making a move into real estate, working in his own business in Fernvale.
Cr Zabel first entered local government in the 1980s, when he served as a councillor on the Esk Shire Council, including a stint as shire chairman.
After the Esk Shire merged with Kilcoy, Cr Zabel served on the new Somerset Regional Council, also holding the post of deputy mayor.
In addition to his council commitments, Cr Zabel was president of the Mt Tarampa P&C Association, founded the Mt Tarampa Little Athletics and was a member of the Lowood Lions Club.
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