He was one of the biggest, strongest and proudest at the Mittagong Lion's Club and represented everything it meant to be a Lion.
Andrew "AB" Bayliss passed away on June 14 and and his sudden passing has shocked the club and sporting community.
AB was an ex first grade player for the Lions, the current vice president for the club and bled green and gold. Mittagong Lion's Secretary Billy Hayward said AB meant everything to the club.
"AB was a father of three amazing boys," Mr Hayward said.
"He was a coach, a mentor and a true friend to many hearts in this wonderful close knit, green and gold lions family."
AB loved the Mittagong Lions and everyone associated with the club. Having his three boys, Brendan, Liam and Mitchell play for the team he adored was a dream come true.
"AB was the heart the of Mittagong Lions," Mr Hayward said.
"He was always the first bloke you would see at the ground, always up for a chat, always putting his hand out to shake your hand and ask how was your family and how you are going in life.
"He was a real gentle giant of a man.
"AB was part of the furniture at the Lions. Any decision that went down or any movement in recruitment and development, AB had a hand in.
"He always wanted the best for the mighty lions and always held the lions club close to his chest.
"There was only one thing he loved more then the Mittagong Lions and that was seeing his three boys Brendan,Liam and Mitchell play for the green and gold week in week out."
Bayliss's sons followed in his footsteps as he was an ex first player for the Lions. The Bayliss name continues in the club and will be forever remembered in club history.
"Andrew had the chance to play First Grade back in the early 2000s," Hayward said.
"He was a solid front rower who always loved running out for the mighty Lions each Sunday afternoon and giving his all for the club.
"The place will never be the same without him. Andrew's character was a massive part of the clubs week to week living.
"He was always down at the ground helping with line marking or filling water bottles up. He would pick up and drop jerseys off to be washed and cleaned. He would make car trips to players houses to pick them up or drop them home if they needed a helping hand.
"But the thing we will miss most is the laughs and good times we had in a debrief over a few beers at the Lion Rampant Hotel after a game or a pre-season recruitment drive in the Royal Hotel in the summer.
He was a real gentle giant of a man.Billy Hayward
"Many great times will never be forgotten by his true close mates.
"Andrew's Legacy within the club and wider community will be left with his three amazing boys.
"Brendan who is currently playing front row like dad in first grade for the lions and his younger twin sons, Liam and Mitchell who play in the very successful 16As team.
"I'm sure every time these boys run out for the green n gold in the Lions Den Andrew will be looking down proud as punch watching his boys take on anything in front of them for the mighty Mittagong Lions Footy Club.
"We will all miss the big fella and sure to guarantee the whole club in both the seniors and juniors systems will be playing their hearts out to try deliver a premiership for our mate AB.
"He was a gentleman, a friend and a legend."
Andrew Bayliss is survived by his three children, Liam, Mitchell and Andrew.
Bayliss was just 48 years old.