Hobart Regatta Grounds was a place pilot Roger Corbin spent many hours bringing in and carrying out people who needed him. It was fitting that these grounds became the place to farewell the popular and respected pilot.
The Rotor-Lift founder tragically lost his life during a training operation at Hobart Airport last week and at his funeral yesterday he was remembered as an inspiring colleague, a larrikin and a family man.
Roger Corbin was farewelled at a gathering of nearly one thousand family and friends at a ceremony to celebrate a life that touched so many.
The Rotor-Lift founder was known by many as a rescue hero and this farewell was a chance to remember the family man with emotional and loving memories shared by his wife Allana who said "Ours was a love story that's for sure and it was filled with adventure, fun and enormous love and very bad dancing"
Allana Corbin paying tribute to her husband
Mr Corbin's daughter Isabella also paid tribute to her father saying "My light is the memory of dad tearing up the dance floor, life of every party"
Isabella Corbin speaking at her father's funeral
The experienced pilot moved to Tasmania 17 years ago, establishing the state's first 24 hour helicopter rescue service. Allana Corbin said "Roger built our business to a service which is second to none and as we know there are a lot of people alive today because of this"
Colleagues described Mr Corbin as "inspiring, with a passion to help people" with one local saying "Tasmania would not have the service it has today without the tireless work of Roger and Allana, I can assure everyone here that it is second to none in Australia and the envy of all"
To mark the end of the funeral service, a guard of honour to farewell Roger Corbin was formed with his coffin carried to an all too familiar sight in Hobart, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter which Mr Cobin piloted so many times.
This was one final flight in the rescue helicopter, to the skies, he knew so well.
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