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 John WATKINS (2669),
 formerly of the Specialist Maintenance Section 
on Sunday 11 November 2018.

 Funeral
Friday 16/11/2018 at
 1000 hours at
 St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 
205-207 Burwood Road, 
BURWOOD NSW 2134



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Station Officer Ian BUCHANAN (1335),
 formerly of Glebe and Newtown Fire Stations
 on Thursday the 8th November 2018.

Ian also served as a Station Officer with ACT Fire & Rescue.
He had family within FRNSW; his brother is retired SO Warren Buchanan, 
his brother-in-law was SO Alan Salter (deceased) 
and his nephew is serving Inspector Ray Buchanan.

A funeral service will be held as follows:
Tuesday
13th November 2018
1.00pm
Norwood Park Crematorium
Mitchell ACT

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

Dress Code: Summer dress uniform without galatea, Peak Cap, Tie & Ribbons



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Retained FF Brian HIBBERD (238002), 
formerly of Broken Hill Fire Station
 on Friday 2nd November 2018 .

A memorial service will be held as follows:
Friday
9th November 2018
2.00pm
Wesley Uniting Church
Cobalt Street, Broken Hill NSW

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

Dress Code: Summer Dress Uniform without galatea, Peak Cap, Tie & Ribbons



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Captain Albert (Bert) SMITH (464001)
formerly of 464 Station Toronto, on 4th November 2018.

A funeral service will be held as follows:
Tuesday 13 November 2018, at 1430 hours
Pettigrew Family Funerals
12 Harris St Wallsend. NSW

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 the passing of 
retired Captain Stephen FITZ (495011), 
formerly of 495 Station Wentworth Falls, on 1st November 2018.

A funeral service will be held as follows:
Friday 9 November 2018, at 1100 hours
Leura Memorial Gardens
1 – 17 Kitchener Rd Leura. NSW

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 Retained Firefighter Anastasios (Stacey) ZANTIOTIS (205033), 
formerly of Casino and Armidale Fire Stations. 

Funeral details will be distributed as they become available.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Station Officer Peter GEORGE (4420), 
formerly of Mona Vale, Willoughby and Avalon Fire Stations,
 on 18 October 2018.

A memorial service will be held as follows:
Friday 16 November 2018, at 1100 hours
The Green Cathedral
The Lakes Way, Tiona. NSW

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 Station Officer Robert JOHNSON (6075), 
formerly of Forestville Fire Station and OTEN assessor,
 on Wednesday 10 October 2018.

A funeral service will be held as follows:
Wednesday, 17 October 2018, at 1130 hours
Northern Suburbs Crematorium (East Chapel)
Delhi Rd North Ryde. NSW

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 Station Officer George SMITH (3924),
 formerly of Bulli Fire Station, on Sunday 7 October 2018.

A funeral service will be held as follows:
Friday, 12 October 2018, at 1000 hours
Parsons Funeral Home
34 Belmore St, Wollongong. NSW

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 Inspector John MAGUIRE (2887), 
formerly Inspector for City of Sydney.

John is the father of current Firefighters Mark and Todd Maguire

A memorial service in celebration of Retired Inspector John Maguire’s life will be held as follows:

Thursday, 04 October 2018, at 14:00 hours
Bronte Surf Club
Bronte Beach, Bronte Road
BRONTE NSW 2024

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 death of 
Retired Captain WH (Harold) GOWEN
of 236 Station Braidwood. 

Harold passed away on the 8th September, and his funeral was held in his home town of Braidwood.


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of
 retired Station Officer Bruce GIBSON
previously attached to Katoomba Communications Centre.

Bruce passed away recently while on holidays in Germany.

Funeral details 
Monday, 8 October 2018, at 1330 hours
Leura Memorial Gardens
Kitchener Road, Leura. NSW

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 
449034 Senior Firefighter Brad CLARKSON,
 attached to Coffs Harbour Fire Station A Platoon, 
on Tuesday 18th September.

Funeral details

Saturday 29 September 2018 at 12.00 pm
Walker’s Funerals Chapel & Memory Gardens
Everinghams Lane
Frederickton NSW

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 Station Officer Ian EBZERY (5045) 
formerly of Headquarters and Campbelltown Fire Stations, 
on 15 September 2018.

A funeral service will be held as follows:
Friday 21 September 2018 at 1.00 pm
Gregson & Weight Funeral Directors
5 Gregson Place
Caloundra QLD

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 Station Officer Peter O’BRIEN (1354) 
formerly of Blacktown Fire Station, on 12 September 2018.

A funeral service will be held as follows:
Thursday 20 September 2018 at 10.00 am
Guardian Funerals
1 First Avenue
Blacktown NSW

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 Association has received information on the passing in Makay Qld. of 
retired firefighter Boleslav (Bill) PERSIK (1682) 
on 5th September, 2018 aged 86 years. 

Bill joined on 01/04/1955 and retired on 19/11/1987. 

Funeral details

Evergreen Chapel, Lester & Son Funeral Home,
359 Wantigong S
 North Albury
Monday 17th September 2018
commencing at 10:00 am,
followed by a burial service at 
Glenmorus Cemetery
54 Glenmorus St, 
GLENROY NSW 2640



We have received information of the passing of 
Shanya WARNER

Shanya is the daughter of retired Firefighter Jason Warner and granddaughter of retired Station Officer Tim Warner. 
Shanya was killed in a car accident on Thursday 6th September 2018. 

Funeral
Friday 21/09/2018 
at 11.30 am
at the Bathurst Crematorium, 
Bradwardine Road, 
WEST BATHURST NSW 2795



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Deputy Captain Albert “Mate” McWHIRTER,
 foundation member of Port Macquarie Fire Station, on 5 September 2018.

Albert is the father of Steve McWhirter, Station Commander of Armidale Fire Station

A funeral service will be held as follows:
Friday 14 September 2018 at 10.30 am
St Andrews Presbyterian Church
Cnr William and Munster Sts
Port Macquarie NSW

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 Firefighter Dale BAGNELL (520888), 
formerly of Macksville Fire Station, 
after a long battle with cancer. 

Funeral details will be distributed as they become available.



We have recieved infomation that 
Gary WATSON 
a firefighter who served at 21 Station in the mid to late 70's has passed away. 

The funeral for Gary is to be held at 
Leppington Lawn Cemetery
South Chapel 
at 3:30 pm 
on Friday 7th September 2018.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Firefighter Howard William LAY (493003), 
formerly of Wellington Fire Station on 31 August 2018.

A funeral service will be held as follows:
Wednesday 5 September 2018 at 11.00 am
Anglican Parish of Wellington Church
Percy St
Wellington NSW

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 
365014 Deputy Captain Graham PERTZEL of 365 station Lockhart. 

 Deputy Captain Pertzel passed away as a result of a motor vehicle accident on the evening of Friday 31st August 2018. Graham’s wife was also injured in the accident and is receiving hospital care for her injuries. 

Funeral
11 am Tuesday18 September 2018
St Mary's Catholic Church
55 Ferrier Street, Lockhart

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

Dress Code: Summer Dress Uniform including Peak cap, Tie & Ribbons



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of
retired Firefighter Ronald John BRUDERLIN,
 formerly of Singleton Fire Station.

A funeral service will be held as follows:
Friday 31 August 2018 at 1.00 pm
St Patricks of Nulkaba Chapel
Cnr Wine Country Drive and Kerlew St
Cessnock NSW

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 Deputy Captain Michael CONLIFFE
formerly of Dunedoo Fire Station on 7 August 2018.

A funeral service will be held as follows:
Wednesday 22 August 2018 at 11.00 am
St Michaels Church Dunedoo
59 Tucklan St
Dunedoo NSW

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 Station Officer Earl McGINTY (3135), 
formerly of Stanmore, Liverpool, Port Macquarie and Smithfield Fire Stations,
 on 11 August 2018.

A funeral service will be held as follows:
Thursday 16 August 2018 at 1.00 pm
Wonganella Estate
3439 Nelson Bay Rd
Bobs Farm NSW

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 Deputy Captain Karl ALLING
formerly of 482 Station Walgett, on 5 August 2018.

Karl is the father of current Retained Firefighter Dane Alling of 492 Station Wauchope.

A memorial service will be held as follows:
Friday 24 August 2018 at 10.00 am
Manning Great Lakes Memorial Garden
183 Pampoolah Rd
Pampoolah NSW

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 Firefighter Michael CONLIFFE (281003), 
formerly of Dunedoo Fire Station, on 7 August 2018.

Funeral details will be distributed as they become available.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired former Captain Colin HUNGERFORD (497022), 
formerly of Weston Fire Station, 
on 5th August 2018.

A funeral service will be held as follows:
Monday 13 August 2018 at 11.00 am
St Johns Anglican Church
3 Westcott St
Cessnock NSW

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 Firefighter Glenn OWENS (5166), 
formerly of Glebe, Wollongong and Bulli Fire Stations,
on 1 August 2018.

A funeral service will be held as follows:
Friday 10 August 2018 at 2.00 pm
Hanson & Cole Funerals
634 Northcliffe Drive
Kembla Grange NSW

A viewing will be held from 0800 hours – 0915 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 Firefighter Andrew JENKINS,
 formerly of Taree Fire Station, on 30 July 2018.

A funeral service will be held as follows:
Friday 3 August 2018
12.00 noon
Manning Great Lakes Memorial Garden
183 Pampoolah Rd
Pampoolah NSW


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
374058 Retired Retained Firefighter Tony VITNAL
formerly of Maitland and East Maitland .

A funeral service will be held as follows:
Wednesday
1st August 2018
11.00am
Singleton Anglican Church
Singleton NSW

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 Captain Neal HARRIS
formerly of Gosford Fire Station on 20 July 2018.

A graveside service will be held as follows:
Wednesday 1 August 2018
10.30am
Point Clare Cemetery
Point Clare NSW

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 
2828 Retired District Officer Ron MURPHY,|
formerly of Ryde, Gladesville, Beecroft, Headquarters, Parramatta and Stanmore Fire Stations, 
on 20 July 2018. 
DO Murphy served from 1961 to 1991.

Funeral details to be advised.
Wednesday 25 July
1100 hours
St Patricks, Lithgow