Hundreds of people have attended a memorial service on Tasmania's West Coast for long-serving mayor Darryl Gerrity.

Darryl Gerrity died from a brief illness last weekend.

He was 70.

200 people packed Strahan's recreation hall and hundreds more watched the service on a screen outside.

The Premier Lara Giddings spoke of Councillor Gerrity's devotion to the West Coast.

"He represented the West Coast in the finest form, he was always on our backs to get things done for this community and he achieved things too," she said.

Darryl Gerrity became synonymous with the West Coast, after representing the region as Mayor for more than a decade.

The service heard he was never shy when it came to speaking up for west coasters - campaigning on everything from mining to tourism.

"He also thought glass bottom buses may allow visitors to the West Coast to more easily appreciate the fine array of road kill," tourism entrepreneur Simon Currant said.

He was most remembered as the larrikin from the west.

"There was no one better to have on your side in a gun fight, he would never leave you," Mr Currant told the service.

 

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