Tributes have been paid to Romero Pizon, a “loving father” and “loyal friend”, who died in a fishing accident near Margaret River on April 25. The father of four was fishing with a group of friends at Contos Beach when he was swept off the rocks along with Kristoffee Salazar. Rescue crews managed to save Mr Salazar, but Mr Pizon did not survive. The Harvey man received his permanent residency in Australia late last year after moving from the Philippines in 2015 with his wife Genevive and four children — the youngest just seven years old. Mr Pizon was also a grandfather and had family in the Philippines, who were now unable to travel to Australia because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr Pizon’s close friend Noel Nortega, also from Harvey, said he was a beautiful man, loving father and loyal friend. “He was like a brother to me and it will be hard to live without him,” Mr Nortega said. The good friends played basketball together back in the Philippines. Mr Pizon played in the prestigious Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League and loved basketball as much as he loved fishing. “He was a selfless man, he wasn’t even catching the fish for himself, he was catching them to give to his friends. He cast his line and told his friends ‘last one’ but sadly he never made it home” Mr Nortega said. Mr Pizon worked at Harvey Beef and many of his co-workers are now sacrificing their salaries to help his mourning family. “People said the slaughter floor would no longer be the same without him there making them laugh,” Mr Nortega said. Mr Pizon was also a man of faith, the first thing he asked to see when arriving in Harvey was the Catholic Church. Parish priest Father Jess Navarra said he still remembered where Mr Pizon sat in church every Sunday. Fr Jess said the family would make funeral arrangements when they received a report from the coroner. He said the 10-person funeral limit created a lot of grief for the family and he hoped laws would be eased to help grieving relatives. Mrs Pizon hopes to take her husband’s ashes back to the Philippines.