Funeral Notices

It is with great regret that we report the passing of the following personnel.

The Association offers it’s sincere condolences.


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of
 Retired Captain Ross HATSWELL,
 formerly of 226 Station Blackheath, on Tuesday 19th May 2020.

 Ross was a member of the Blackheath Brigade for 33 years. Joining in 1956, and Captain for 24 years,
 he retired on the 31st December 1989. Ross's son, Peter, is the serving Captain at 226 Station Blackheath. 

Funeral details will be distributed once advised.


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the sudden passing of current serving member 
Senior Firefighter Mark WHITE AFSM, OAM (5960) 
whilst on duty at 077 Station St Marys on Tuesday 19 May 2020. 

SF White was also the Executive Chairperson of the Museum of Fire located at Penrith.

The funeral for Senior Firefighter Mark White will be held this Monday, 1st June 2020, at Pinegrove Memorial Cemetery, 
with an indoor service being held 1:00 pm (livestream commences at 12:30 pm to follow the funeral cortege
 – the link for this will be provided as soon as available, further link to service below).

Due to social distancing restrictions, the service will be closed to a small number of family members. Sadly many who would like to participate and pay their respects will be unable to attend due to the restrictions imposed, a Live Stream viewing of Mark’s service will be available for friends and family that are not able to attend in person.

Mark's service will Live Stream from 1pm on Monday 1st June, click the link to access the page: www.FuneralVideo.com.au/MarkWhite 

The video recording will also be available to watch on this page 30mins after the end of the Live Stream. 

With the current restrictions the following will occur:
1. Only the persons that have been already invited will be permitted to attend the service (due to restrictions imposed).

2. A memorial service will be held once coronavirus restrictions are lifted (date to be announced – but will be later in the year).

3. Exemptions are being sought to form a Guard of Honour from On-Shift personnel, depending upon approval only those specifically invited for this are to attend. Dress code for this is NEW Duty Wear or Office Wear (Short Sleeves) and Peak Caps.

4. The FRNSW on-line condolence book is available for those who cannot attend. All members are encouraged to visit the link.

Please pass these details on to whoever you think may like to watch the livestream.

If you have any further enquiries regarding the day, please contact myself murray.west@fire.nsw.gov.au 
or Ken Murphy kenneth.murphy@fire.nsw.gov.au 

Mark's service will Live Stream from 1pm on Monday 1st June, click the link to access the page: www.FuneralVideo.com.au/MarkWhite 



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Deputy Captain Kenneth PERRETT (392007), 
formerly of 392 Station Muswellbrook, on Monday 18th May 2020. 
Ken was a past President of the Firefighter Championships Association.

 A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Thursday 21st May 2020, at 13:30 hours
St Albans Church
Brook Street
Muswellbrook NSW 2333

Attendance inside the church is restricted to family members only.

Brigade members attending are reminded they are required to comply with NSW Government COVID-19 restrictions.

Dress Code:
Winter Dress Uniform, Peak Cap, Tie & Ribbons


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Senior Firefighter Raymond THOMPSON (3872), 
formerly of 088 Station Campbelltown, on Monday 06th January 2020. 

Ray joined the NSW Fire Brigades in 1967, and retired in 2001. 

 A Funeral Service has already been held.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
current serving member Station Officer Brian AUBUSSON (5655),
 formerly Training Officer Regional, on Thursday 14th May 2020.

The funeral for Station Officer Brian Aubusson will be held this Friday, 29th May 2020,
 at Ballina with an outdoor service being held 11:00 am at Seagulls Football Stadium
  (livestream commences at 10.45 am to follow the funeral cortege – please see links below).

Due to the coronavirus emergency, sadly many who would like to participate and pay their respects will be unable to attend due to the restrictions imposed.

With these current restrictions the following will occur:

1. Only the persons that have been already invited will be permitted to attend the service (due to restrictions imposed).

2. A memorial service will be held once coronavirus restrictions are lifted (date to be announced – but will be late in the year).

3. A “livestream” via the FRNSW intranet will be streamed for those who wish to view the service – click this link for access. There is no password. THERE ARE TWO LINKS. Live stream of the cortege will commence around 10.45 on https://vimeo.com/event/75108 and then the funeral service will be streamed on a fixed camera on link https://vimeo.com/event/69789

4. With the restrictions in place, FRNSW will not be able to provide transport unless it falls under the criteria of essential travel.

5. The FRNSW on-line condolence book is available for those who cannot attend. All members are encouraged to visit the link.

Please pass these details on to whoever you think may like to watch the livestream.

If you have any further enquiries regarding the day, please contact RN2 Ballina Office on (56462100) or Admin Officer (Region North 2) Kyla Fay on (0418255041). You can also email rn2admin@fire.nsw.gov.au



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Firefighter Don McALPINE
formerly of 341 Station Kariong, on Tuesday 28th April 2020.

A Funeral Service will be held;
Tuesday, 12 May 2020 at 13:00 hours
Macquarie Park Cemetery, North Ryde.

Please find a link below to the online webcasting service that will stream his funeral.
 Please note attendees require a pin to join, the pin being 5565. 

https://streaming.funeralsuite.com.au/e/7HqClpZI 

In the event there are technical issues, the chapel will record the service so that it may be watched it at a later date. Please do not hesitate to contact Office of the Commissioner if any member of staff would like a copy.

For anyone wishing to send flowers, the family kindly request that a donation be made to either Beyond Blue, Paws for a Purpose, or Sirens of Silence, in lieu.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Firefighter Barry CHRISTIAN (218002), 
formerly of 218 Station Batlow, on Saturday 18th April 2020. 

Barry joined 218 Station in 1967 and served until 2009. His son, Robbie, was a former Captain 
with 218 Station, and his grandson, Robert, is a current serving member of the same Brigade. 

Due to current regulations, Funeral arrangements have not been advised.


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Superintendent Noel BISSETT OAM (3095), 
formerly of NSWFB and ACT Fire Brigade, 
on Saturday 25th April 2020.

Noel joined NSWFB in 1963 and transferred to Canberra in 1965, which was under NSW control.
 In 1976 the ACT Fire Brigade was formed, and Noel remained with this organisation until his retirement in 1999.

Funeral details have not been distributed.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Station Officer Peter GORDON (4588), 
formerly of Sydney Comms, on Sunday 5th April 2020.

Due to current regulations, Funeral arrangements have not been advised.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of
 Retired Station Officer Donald Bruce ROSER (3092), 
formerly of Newcastle Communications, 
on Saturday 28th March 2020. 

Funeral Service details will be advised as they become available. 



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of
(2600) S/O Lionel BROWN (Retired) passed away this morning 29/03/2020.

 Lionel was stationed at #6 Mona Vale and retired in 1989.

Funeral details will be forwarded when available.



Unfortunately Firefighter Don Thomas (398 Narooma) Memorial Service 
is postponed and will be held at a later date (TBA)


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of
Firefighter (904253) Don THOMAS 
of 398 Narooma (formerly of 513 Toung) 
on Tuesday 10th March 2020.

An outdoor/memorial/funeral service will be held at 
Broulee Memorial Gardens
195 Broulee Rd 
Broulee 
on Saturday 28th March 2020 at 11.00 hrs.

All firefighters and staff attending must consider Government Health Advice prior to and when attending public gatherings.

Dress Code: Peak Cap, Dress Shirt and Ribbons.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Chief Superintendent (5575) Michael P. Ryan AFSM.  

Senior Firefighter Adam Ryan has advised that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions surrounding social distancing, his Late Father’s funeral will be a private service for the immediate family only. Adam wishes to pass on his Mother Lesley, Sisters Alisha and Natalie and the extended Ryan Families’ sincere thanks to the many people who have forwarded their kind words and condolences on his Father’s passing. Adam also wishes to advise that the Family plan to hold a Memorial Service later in the year when the current pandemic emergency has passed. 



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Captain Lemuel (Lem) ROSE (392001), 
formerly of 392 Station Muswellbrook, 
on Friday 6th March 2020

A Service of Celebration for Lem’s life will be held as follows:
Thursday 12th March 2020, at 10:00 hours
St Albans Church
Brook Street
Muswellbrook, NSW 2333

Brigade members attending the Service may attend in uniform. A Guard of Honour will be formed

Dress Code: Summer Dress Uniform, Peak Cap, Tie & Ribbons



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
(392005) Retired Firefighter David McNAMARA 
formerly of 392 Station Muswellbrook on Monday 2nd March 2020.


Funeral
Tuesday 10th March 2020 at
10.00 
St Alban's Church,
Brook Street,
Muswellbrook

Brigade members attending may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour should one be required.

Dress Code:
Summer Dress Uniform, Peak Cap, Tie & Ribbons



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Firefighter Harold CLARKE
 formerly of 418 Station Paxton.

The Late Firefighter Clarke is the father and grandfather of 
several (9) current and past serving firefighters in FRNSW.

Funeral
 Friday 6th March 2020 at 10.00
St John's Anglican Church,
Westcott St,
Cessnock.

Brigade members attending may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour should one be required.

Dress Code:
Summer Dress Uniform, Peak Cap, Tie & Ribbons



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Engine Keeper Dennis JOLIFFE (401012),
 formerly of 401 Station Narromine and 467 Station Tumut, 
on Tuesday 3rd March 2020. 

Funeral
Wednesday 11th March 2020, 10:30hrs
Anglican Church
Dandaloo Street
Narromine, NSW, 2821
Private Cremation to follow

Brigade members attending the Service may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour, should one be required.

Dress Code: Summer Dress Uniform, Peak Cap, Tie & Ribbons



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of
retired Senior Firefighter (2700) Robert (Bob) CONNERTON
 formerly of number 8 Station Liverpool, on Thursday 27 February 2020.

A funeral service willv be held at 
Forest Lawn 
Camden Valley, 
Leppington 
on Friday 6 March at 1400.

Brigade members attending may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour should one be required.

Dress Code:
Summer Dress Uniform, Peak Cap, Tie & Ribbons



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of
 Roberta “Bobbie” BROOKER,
 the wife of 511001 Captain Neil BROOKER AFSM (Deceased), 
formerly of Yass, on Saturday 22nd February 2020.

A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Friday 28th February 2020, at 13:00 hours
St Clements Anglican Church
17 Church Street
Yass NSW 2582



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Firefighter Athol SHELTON (471021), 
formerly of 282 Station Dungog and 471 Station Tea Gardens,
 on Saturday 15th February 2020.

A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Thursday 20th February 2020, at 11:00 hours
Dungog Baptist Church
8 MacKay Street
Dungog NSW 2420

Following this Service, a Private Cremation will be held.

Brigade members attending may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour should one be required.

Dress Code:
Summer Dress Uniform, Peak Cap, Tie & Ribbons