More than 500 people including NSW Minister for Corrections David Elliott attended the funeral of the Director of Custodial Corrections in the southern region, Ian Farquhar.
Mr Farquhar, of Jamberoo, was the former general manager of the South Coast Correctional Centre.
He died suddenly on March 4, aged 58.
As the Director of Custodial Corrections in the southern region, he oversaw prison operations at South Coast, Goulburn, Cooma, Lithgow, Oberon, Bathurst, Kirkconnell, Mannus and Berrima correctional centres and the Illawarra Reintegration Centre.
He was also the governor of the South Nowra Jail in 2012.
Mr Farquhar joined CSNSW in April 1981 and became Manager of Classification and Placement 11 years later.
He was promoted to Manager of Security at the Metropolitan Special Programs Centre at Long Bay in 2001.
In 2004 he earned the rank of Governor and ran maximum-security centres at Long Bay, Goulburn and Nowra, taking up his role at the South Nowra Jail in 2012.
He was appointed director of the southern prisons region in September 2014.
Mr Farquhar was farewelled in a moving funeral service held at Christ Church, Kiama, on Friday, March 9.
The funeral cortege was escorted by members of the NSW Police Force while a honour guard stretched from the church, down Terralong Street.
Mr Farquhar served Corrective Services NSW for almost 37 years and was due to retire shortly.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, and two sons, John and Heath.