‘He genuinely cared’: Loving wife mourns mining giant
Each phone call Di McCauley receives is a reminder of the impact her husband had on those around him.
You didn't have to be a close friend of Ian McCauley to understand how his generosity was changing lives for the better.
But sadly, Mr McCauley's love of giving back to the community has come to an end.
The Order of Australia recipient and highly respected figure in Queensland's mining industry died surrounded by those he loved most this week.
His wife of 55 years, former Australian politician Ms McCauley, said he passed at their Noosaville home on Tuesday.
"We've had the Noosaville house for 15 years," she said.
"We were hoping to be here, we sold the property at Mount Kilcoy, and we were looking to be here for a few months until we moved to Brisbane, but he didn't make that unfortunately.
"This was a lovely place for him to be in his final days.
"He peacefully passed away at home with his children."
A life like Mr McCauley's could only be described as "full" by those who knew him best.
And Ms McCauley was there for it all.
"Ian and I went to school together in Kingaroy," she said.
"I was four years younger than him and I came into my first year of high school and saw this gorgeous fellow who was in his last year.
"That was the end of that."
Mr McCauley fit many professions into his 78 years, most notably in the mining and state's thoroughbred industries.
"He ran Callide Coalfields (in Biloela) for many years, and then decided when he was 50 to retire and work for himself," Ms McCauley said.
"He also had a lifelong love of the racing game, and we ended up owning a string of racehorses."
The long-term Rotary member was also a giving man, receiving a Paul Harris Fellow for his services to community.
"He was a very generous person, and he was also a very strong supporter and benefactor of the Cape York Institute," Ms McCauley said.
"We set up a program and funded for many years a program for leadership education of young Aboriginal people, and we're very proud of that.
"He tried to give back, I think."
Ms McCauley said her family had received dozens of phone calls from close friends to acquaintances since her husband's passing.
"It was a very peaceful end to very packed life, and I hadn't realised how packed it was until he was gone," she said.
"We're getting all these phone calls from people I haven't heard from in donkey's years, who have really nice things to say about him."
Perhaps the proudest hat Mr McCauley wore was as a father and grandfather to his loving family.
"We have three children and seven grandchildren, and as Ian used to say, 'not a dud among them'," Ms McCauley laughed.
"He was a wonderful mentor to young people."
Ms McCauley said the legacy Mr McCauley left behind wouldn't be forgotten as she prepared to farewell her husband at St Andrew's Anglican Church on Wednesday.
"It's a broad spectrum of things that he'll be remembered for," she said.
"He was a generous man.
"He tried to help others as much as he could.
"He genuinely cared about people."
Hundreds of Mr McCauley's past colleagues and friends took to social media to express their sadness for his passing.
"Pillars of the community and Ian was a much respected manager," one wrote.
"Thoughts are with Di and family at this sad time.
"A great GM and even greater person," another wrote.