Steven Kadar loved the scenery of Victoria's Alpine region as much as he loved helping his firefighting comrades.
The 34-year-old died alongside Katie Peters, 19, as they fought a bushfire in the state's northeast earlier this month.
About 400 people filled a hall at Corryong, near the NSW border, on Monday to remember a loyal friend with a larrikin streak.
The hall was decorated with gum tree branches, as a symbol of Mr Kadar's love of the outdoors.
A fire truck sat in front of the hall, displaying a floral tribute and Mr Kadar's overalls and helmet.
Family members said Mr Kadar had a cheeky sense of humour and uncanny ability to make people calm in the most demanding of situations.
His bravery and willingness to push himself meant he excelled in the job he loved, they said.
Mr Kadar's Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) workmates paid tribute to a man who loved his work and his teammates and was always willing to help.
Mr Kadar spent many hours training younger members of staff, they said.
Members of the local CFA, DSE and police formed a guard of honour outside the service as guests left to the sounds of Dave Dobbyn's song Slice of Heaven.