SOME of Australia's best-known musicians have paid tribute to former Scone High School student Greg Weaver, who died suddenly from a heart attack last month.
The popular audio engineer, and manager, had just wrapped up a tour with Tim Minchin.
Mr Weaver, who attended Scone High in the late 70s and early 80s, was about to work with The Whitlams on a seven-week stint when he passed away.
And, front man Tim Freedman led the accolades.
"He [Greg] was held in the highest esteem by the music industry and by artists in particular for his talent, boundless work ethic, honesty and humour," he posted on Facebook.
"I'm glad I got to congratulate him again last month on a brilliant mix for Tim Minchin at the State Theatre.
"That's all I can say now, we are still in shock, there will be much more to come. Goodbye Sanchez."
Mr Weaver also worked closely with artists such as Boy & Bear and singer-songwriting legend Paul Kelly, while The Screaming Jets vocalist Dave Gleeson described him as "an absolute gentleman of the music industry and an amazing sound guy".
"We extend our love and sympathy to his family and hope they will be comforted to some extent by the outpouring of love and support from all in the Aussie music industry, lucky enough to have known and worked with him," he said.
Mr Weaver is survived by his wife Cath and son Jack.
A crowdfunding page has been set up to raise funds for the young family he left behind.
"We lost one of the finest people I know," One Louder Management's Bill Cullen said.
"Greg Weaver was family to us.
"I think he worked with every act we manage or have managed over the past 20 years.
"We had artists who 'didn't need a tour manager', who after one show with Greg, wouldn't work without him.
"He was so calm - nobody ever saw him stressed.
"He was the ultimate 'slashie' - tour manager/front of house/production manager.
"And, he was world-class at all three.
"He made every artist he worked with feel absolutely comfortable and cared for, and kept the stress of touring away from them.
"He mentored so many young crew and took chances on them.
"I don't think you'd find a crew person in Australia who didn't look up to him and consider him both a mentor and a hero.
"He was devoted to Cath and Jack, too.
"School hasn't been easy for Jack, so Cath has stayed at home the last few years home schooling him.
"It's not going to be easy for the next couple of years either.
"They're going to need our help.
"So please, kick in what you can."