A quad bike accident on a Leitchville farm has claimed the life of a young man who grew up in Port Fairy.
Blake Stormer, 19, died on an accident near his uncle's farm on Friday, November 8.
Friends described him as a kind soul with a cheeky grin that would light up any room.
He was quiet, but would do anything for his family and friends.
His mother Vanessa said she was truly blessed to have had a son as loving and caring as Blake.
“We were so blessed to have him,” Mrs Stormer said.
“He was so kind and so gentle.
“He was always so happy — a loveable larrikin.”
Mrs Stormer said Blake loved the outdoors, in particular four-wheel-driving.
He loved motorsports and attended Bathurst with his dad Marc, who was one of his best mates, every year.
Blake loved spending time with family, including his older sister Jemma and would return home to Port Fairy every chance he got while studying mining engineering in Ballarat at Federation University.
He was a talented sportsman and excelled in a number of areas.
Warrnambool Junior Basketball chairman Wayne Hinkley said Blake's death had sent shockwaves through the district's basketball community.
“We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Blake's family,” Mr Hinkley said.
Hundreds of people have reached out to Blake's family to express their sadness at his passing.
Mrs Stormer said she would be eternally grateful for the kind words.
“I can't thank them all enough,” she said.
“It means so much to us.”