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 Firefighter Norman BROWN (422007), 
formerly of 422 Station Warrawong, on Monday 9th September 2019.

A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Tuesday 17th September 2019, at 12:00 hours
H. Parsons Dapto Chapel
4 Princes Highway
Dapto, NSW 2530

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

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



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Manager Corporate Admin. & Executive Support Anne FIEN
formerly of Head Office, on Saturday 31st August 2019.

In keeping with Anne’s wishes, a Funeral Service will not be held.


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Station Officer Max UNWIN (2249),
 formerly of Tighes Hill Fire Station, 
on Friday 30th August 2019.

A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Thursday 5th September 2019, at 10:00 hours
Hogbin Drive Crematorium & Memorial Gardens
Stadium Drive
Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450

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

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



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of
 retired Station Officer (3151) Clifford IRELAND
formerly of Newcastle Comms, on 9 August 2019

Funeral

Friday 16 August 2019 at 
Merewether Uniting Church 
178 Glebe Road
 Merewether 
at 1400 hours

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

Dress Code: Peak cap, Galatea, Tie & Ribbons



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Retained Firefighter (520110) Geoffrey HOUNSELL 
from Number 365 Station Lockhart on Sunday 4 August 2019.

A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Wednesday 14th August 2019, at 11:00 hours
St Mary’s Catholic Church
55 Ferrier Street
Lockhart, NSW 2656

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

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



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Station Officer (5733) Frank Norman SMITH, formerly of Umina Fire Station

Funeral

Thursday 22nd August 2019 @ 1000 hrs.
 Palmdale Lawn Cemetery, 
57 Palmdale Rd 
Palmdale NSW
in the Rose Chapel.

Brigade members attending the memorial service may attend 
in uniform and form a guard of honour, should one be required.

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



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Chief Superintendent Keith EADIE (2756), on 
Friday 26th July 2019.

A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Thursday 8th August 2019, at 12:00 hours
Chapel of Norwood Park Crematorium
65 Sandford Street
Mitchell, ACT 2911

Brigade members attending the memorial service may attend 
in uniform and form a guard of honour, should one be required.

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



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Deputy Captain Harry Roy KING (216002), 
formerly of 216 Station Bathurst, on Thursday 18th July 2019.

Harry served with the NSW Fire Brigades from 15/02/1951 until 08/09/1991.

A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Thursday 25th July 2019, at 11:00 hours
Bathurst Presbyterian Church
72 George Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795

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

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



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Captain Donald Sydney AITKEN
formerly of 378 Station Mittagong, on Wednesday 17th July 2019.

A Funeral Service will be held as detailed below, followed by a private cremation:
Friday 26th July 2019, at 11:00 hours
Mollymook Surf Club
Ocean Street
Mollymook, NSW 2539

Brigade members attending the funeral service may attend in uniform.

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



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Firefighter David John SINCLAIR (520001), 
formerly of 33 Station Engadine, on Tuesday 16th July 2019. 
David served from 15/04/1966 until 04/04/2003.

David is the father in-law of Senior Firefighter Michael Dent, and grandfather of Senior Firefighter Brooke Dent.

A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Friday 26th July 2019, at 12:00 hours
South Chapel
Woronora Memorial Park
Linden Street
Sutherland, NSW 2232

Then afterwards, from 14:30 hours, at:
Club on East
7 E Parade
Sutherland, NSW 2232

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

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



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Senior Firefighter George Frederick KIERNAN (2333),
formerly of 77 Station St Marys, on Friday 12th July 2019.

A Celebration of George’s Life will be held as follows:
Monday 22nd July 2019, at 10:30 hours
West Chapel
Pinegrove Memorial Park
Kington Street
Minchinbury, NSW 2770

Brigade members attending the Celebration of his Life may attend in uniform.

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



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Firefighter Steven BALDWIN (230023), 
formerly of 230 Station Bombala, on Wednesday 26th June 2019.

A private cremation ceremony will be conducted on 4th July, however a memorial service will also be held as follows:
Friday 5th July 2019, at 14:30 hours
Cooma Hotel Function Room
79 Massie Street
Cooma, NSW 2630

Brigade members attending the memorial service may attend in uniform.

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



We have received information that 
retired Station Officer Raymond LAMBERT (2245)
 formerly of 47 Station Revesby passed away on Saturday 22/06/2019.
 A funeral will be held on 
Wednesday 03/07/2019 at 1030 hours 
at the chapel at Weeroona Village, 
14 Trebatha Street, 
Bass Hill.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Station Officer (1180) William (Bill) HATCHER 
formerly of Number 62 Station Bankstown, on 27 June 2019. 

Station Officer Hatcher was the father of Senior Firefighter Wayne Hatcher.

Funeral details are as follows:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 
Camden Valley Way, 
Leppington 
on Friday 5 July 2019 at 1430 hours.

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

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



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Retained Firefighter Stanley HILL,
 formerly of Number 79 Station Ingleburn, on 21 June 2019.

Funeral
Friday 28 June 2019 
at Forest Lawn Cemetery 
Leppington 
in the North Chapel at 0900 hours

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

Dress Code: Peak cap, Galatea, Tie & Ribbons



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Retained Firefighter Charles HEDGES 
formerly of Number 84 Station Macquarie Fields, on 20 June 2019.

Funeral details will be distributed as they become available.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of
 retired Firefighter James RODER (362005), 
formerly of 362 Station Lismore, on Friday 31st May 2019.

A Memorial service will be held as follows:
Wednesday 3rd July 2019, at 10:30 hours
St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church
Keen Street
Lismore, NSW 2480

Brigade members attending may attend in uniform.

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

A private burial was held on the 11th June.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Deputy Captain Paul LEWIS (383002), 
formerly of 383 Station Morrisset, on Wednesday 19th June 2019.

A funeral service will be held as follows:
Tuesday 2nd July 2019, at 11:00 hours
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Main Road
Noraville, NSW 2263

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

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



The Association has been advised of the passing of 
Alice Fay COOPER
wife of Chief Superintendent Des Cooper (ret). 

Alice passed away on Thursday 20th June 2019
.
Funeral
Friday 28th June 2019 at 1100hrs 
At Bowden Family Funerals 
365 Pacific Highway 
North Wyong NSW



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Volunteer (Retained) Firefighter John SHORT
 of Number 391 Station Mullumbimby on 15 June 2019.

Firefighter Short’s family are undertaking private funeral arrangements 



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Senior Firefighter (3411 and 4062) Leonard (Lawrie) Alwin FERGUSON
 on 2 June 2019. 

Senior Firefighter Ferguson had two periods of service, retiring from NSWFB in 1979.

Firefighter Ferguson has been privately cremated.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Deputy Secretary of the Board of Fire Commissioners Alf McGRATH PSM OAM

Mr. McGrath was the Director of Human Resources for the NSW Fire Brigades on his retirement. Mr. McGrath was the father of retired Senior Firefighter Ian McGrath and the father in law of retired Superintendent Ed Mednis.

Funeral
A private family service will be held at 1200 hours 
on Thursday 20th June 2019 at
Olsen’s Funerals Sutherland.

After this private service, all are welcome to join the family to celebrate Alf McGrath’s life at Oatley RSL at 1330 hours.