GIANT TOMATOES: Keith Ellis, 90, shows the Mail-Times his giant tomatoes, one weighing nearly one kilogram, in February. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERHORSHAM man Keith Ellis has died, aged 90.

The former policeman, farmer, Pimpinio footballer and keen gardener will be farewelled at Ss Michael and John’s Catholic Church, Horsham, at 1pm today.

Mr Ellis was also a founder of the Victorian Little Athletics Club and Horsham and District Learn to Swim Club.

In February, Mr Ellis appeared in the Mail-Times with a crop of giant tomatoes he grew, one weighing nearly a kilogram.

“It was one ‘helluva’ tomato,” he said.

“It’s the biggest I’ve ever grown.”

Pimpinio Football Club president Wally Dumesny said Mr Ellis, known as ‘Bomber Ellis’ was a former player, captain, coach and president, as well as a life member.

He was club president from 1969 to 1975, a coach from 1949 to 1951 and again in 1968.

“Keith was a bit of a legend out there in his time and he was a great story teller,” Mr Dumesny said.

“He used to have people gathered around, holding forth about old times.

“He was a great figure at the club, a bit of a character and was held in high esteem by everyone.”

Mr Dumesny said Mr Ellis, along with his late wife Maureen, was also a ‘fair mover’ in the Little Athletics scene.

“He also loved his fishing, shooting and hunting, the outdoors and travel.”

Mr Dumesny said the club would form a guard of honour at Mr Ellis’s funeral.

Mr Ellis’s daughter Dianne Brown said her parents had six children, Peter, Maree, Dianne, Patricia, dec, Robyn and Brian, 15 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren.

“Dad was born at West Wail in 1921 and married my mother, Maureen, in 1941,” Mrs Brown said.

“He served in the army for a short time during the Second World War, joined the Victoria Police and was stationed at Russell Street in Melbourne for seven years and later became a farmer.

“Dad played pretty much his whole football career at Pimpinio and also coached St Michael’s Football Club in 1959.”

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