Steven Harris, of Westfield, has died at the the age of 47.
Mr Harris, who was married to Sarah and had two sons, Callum and Joseph, was born and brought up in Timsbury but moved to Westfield after his marriage.
He was educated at St Mary's School, Timsbury, and Writhlington Comprehensive.
After leaving school Mr Harris worked as a gardener at the Cheshire Home in Timsbury and for a time with Biggs the builders, but he then became a postman and had held that job for the last 26 years.
Based at Radstock, Mr Harris had a regular round at Chewton Mendip where he became a popular figure.
Derek Clarke, the landlord of the Waldegrave Arms in the village said: "I know I can speak for the whole village when I say that everyone thought the world of him and were shocked to hear of his death.
"He was a true gentleman and would put himself out to help anyone. There is no doubt that he will be very much missed."
Family meant everything to Mr Harris. His interests included walking and nature, local history, karate and music. An enthusiast of the Glastonbury Festival, he was affectionately known as the "friendly punk of Timsbury".
The top chapel at Haycombe was packed for the funeral service which was led by the Rev Chris Hare.
Mr Harris is survived by his wife and two sons, his mother Jean and sisters Karen, Wendy, Debbie and Becky.
His mother said: "Steven was a wonderful son and loved to be with children. He was always so thoughtful and had a great sense of humour. He would do anything for anyone. His death has left us all devastated."