THE Upper Hunter community is mourning the loss of well-known Scone local Brian Brown who has passed away this week aged 89.
Mr Brown was actively involved in many aspects of the local community and a wide-range of local organisations.
He played his role in council as a Scone Shire Councillor from 1991 to 2004, has been a board member on numerous local organisations and was a volunteer committee member of Scott Memorial Hospital's Local Health Advisory Council for over 18 years.
He was the chairman of directors of TransCare, a past chairman of the Probus Club of Scone and was also a past president and an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Scone, receiving Rotary's highest honour in 2005 - the Paul Harris Fellowship medal - for his services to the community.
He was well-known for his commitment to his own physical health as a regular and one of the eldest visitors to the local gym.
Mr Brown served as the executive manager of the Australian Stock Horse Society (ASHS) for five years, from 1992 to 1997 and was awarded life membership in 2003.
"Brian Brown was a wonderful man and the society will never forget all he did during his time," the Australian Stock Horse Society today released in a statement.
"His biggest achievement was presenting an idea about an Australian equine breed at the Olympics Opening Ceremony.
"Brian Brown did a feasibility study suggesting the Australian Stock Horse should be involved and he submitted it to SOCOG.
"The rest is history, with the lone horseman galloping into the arena and cracking his whip, followed by 120 Australian Stock Horses with an audience of 3.7 billion viewers worldwide for the Sydney Olympic Opening Ceremony in 2000.
"We express our sincere sympathy to the family during this difficult time from the Board, Managements, Staff and Members of the ASHS.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this time."
Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood also offered his condolences.
"Brian would have been 90 years of age on his next birthday in October," Mayor Bedggood said.
"He rarely missed a council meeting and really did care not only about what happened inside of council, but more importantly, what was happening outside of it.
"We will all miss his jovial greeting as we walk into our meetings from here-on-in and his interest in our personal lives which he always seemed to be able to keep a track of.
"May he rest in peace."
Brian Brown's funeral will be held at the St Lukes Anglican Church, Scone, at 2pm on Tuesday, February 11.