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 Barry WHATMAN (385001), 
formerly of (385) Station Moss Vale, 
on Monday 15th November 2021.

Barry joined NSW Fire Brigades in August 1965 and served until his retirement in March 1999.

Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised.



We have received the following information regarding the passing of Elaine ROGERS, the wife of 
former Deputy Chief Officer Warwick (Buck) Rogers 
who passed away suddenly on 16 October, 2021 aged 93.

A memorial service for the late Elaine Joyce Rogers (formerly of Old Berowra Rd Hornsby) is to be held at 
St Peters Anglican Church, 
207 Peats Ferry Rd, Hornsby
 at 10.30 am on Thursday 18th November. 

This will be to celebrate the life of Elaine - wife of Warwick (Buck) Rogers
 and mother of Lynette (dec’d), Robyn, Bruce, Craig, Brett and Dana,
 and grandmother and great-grandmother.

Family and friends are invited to attend and then join the family for refreshments 
after the service at Asquith Bowling Club, 1 Lodge St, Hornsby. 

The service will also be live streamed for those who are unable to attend. Details to follow.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Senior Firefighter David PROUST (7157), 
formerly of 351 Station Doyalson, 
on Wednesday 20th October 2021.

He joined NSW Fire Brigades in 1992 and served until his retirement in June 2019.

Dave is the father of Senior Firefighter Anthony Proust, 65 Station, Qualified Firefighter James Proust, 55 Station, 
and Firefighter Peter Proust, 30 Station.

Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Monday, 08 November 2021 at 11:00 hours
Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church
165 Serpentine Road
Terrigal NSW 2260

Members may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour, should one be required.
Brigade members in attendance must comply with current COVID-19 restrictions. 
As capacity limits are in force, only fully vaccinated persons may attend the service.

Dress Code:
Ceremonial Dress Uniform - Galatea, Peak Cap, Tie and Medals



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Mr Peter RATH AM, former Director General of the NSW Fire Brigades, 
on Wednesday 20th October 2021.

Mr Rath was appointed as President of the Board of Fire Commissioners in 1986 and served in that position until 1990.

In 1990 he oversaw the transition of the NSW Fire Brigades from a Statutory Authority, under a Board, to a NSW Government Department under a Director General. He was appointed as the first Director General in 1990 and served in the position until 1994.

During his tenure as Director, he introduced significant reforms the Brigades, the most significant being the restructure of the Executive Administrative Management and Executive Operational Command structure of the NSW Fire Brigades which resulted in the amalgamation of the offices of Director General and Chief Officer into the Office of Commissioner under a single Commissioner.

Mr Rath retired as Director General of the NSW Fire Brigades in 1994 following the appointment of Vice Admiral Ian Mac Dougall AC AFSM as the first Commissioner.

Mr Rath was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 1995 Queens Birthday Honours in recognition of his Public Service particularly through the NSW Fire Brigades.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy.

A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Friday, 29 October 2021 at 10:15 hours
Macquarie Park Cemetery – Palm Chapel
Cnr Delhi and Plassey Roads
North Ryde NSW 2113

Members may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour, should one be required.
Brigade members in attendance must comply with current COVID-19 restrictions.

Dress Code:
Ceremonial Dress Uniform - Galatea, Peak Cap, Tie and Medals



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Firefighter Raymond GAFFNEY (452018), 
formerly of 452 Station Tamworth, 
on Thursday 14th October 2021. 

Raymond joined NSW Fire Brigades in March 1987 and served until his retirement in September 2009.

 A funeral will be held on Monday October 25,10.30am at
 St Nicholas Church, 
Cnr Marius & White Streets, 
Tamworth.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Senior Firefighter Ronald DRUMMOND (2146), 
formerly of 260 Station Newcastle, 
on Sunday 10th October 2021.

Ronald joined NSW Fire Brigades in June 1956 and retired in January 1987.

A funeral service will be held at 
Belmont Pettigrew Funeral Home,
 Friday October 15 at 12:30 pm.

Members may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour, at the rear of the funeral home, 
so as not to impact upon allowable numbers at the service.

Brigade members in attendance must comply with current COVID-19 restrictions.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
current serving Community Diversity Officer David WEIR (30100), 
formerly of Community Engagement Unit, 
on Wednesday 22nd September 2021.

Dave joined the MFB on 07 February 1986 before commencing with FRNSW on 11 April 2005. 
He is the father of Qualified Firefighter Jacqueline Weir and father in-law to Qualified Firefighter Geoffrey Kanagaratnam 
and Qualified Firefighter Karouna Micheal. 
Dave passed aged 58.

A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Monday, 11 October 2021 at 11:00 hours
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
48 – 50 Park Road
Bulli NSW 2516

Members who are unable to attend are welcome to join the service via;
https://jummedia.com.au/live/david-anthony-weir/

To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Book

Dave’s family have requested a donation be made, in lieu of flowers, to https://www.supportstvincents.com.au/ways-to-give/donate/. Please select “Heart Lung Innovation Fund” as your chosen recipient. 

Members may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour,
remaining on the southern side of Park Rd, so as not to impact upon allowable numbers at the service.
Brigade members in attendance must comply with current COVID-19 restrictions.

Dress Code:
Ceremonial Dress Uniform - Galatea, Peak Cap, Tie and Medals




The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Firefighter Mark HARPER (7632), 
formerly of 462 Station Mayfield West, 
on Thursday 18 September 2021.

Mark joined NSW Fire Brigades on 1st February 1985 and served until his retirement on 3rd July 2017.

Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised.

To submit a message of condolence, visit online condolence book



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
retired Captain William BULLER
formerly of 202 Station Abermain, 
on Wednesday 15th September 2021.

William’s funeral service will be live streamed this Wednesday, 22nd September 2021 at 1330hrs 
on the following link: https://youtu.be/iRfsngQj3I8

To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Book



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Former Firefighter Andrew James REID (402040), 
formerly of 402 Station Nelson Bay, 
on Sunday 12th September 2021.

Andrew joined FRNSW in October 2001 and served until June 2004. He was aged 58.

Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised.

To submit a message of condolence visit, online condolence book



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
former Firefighter George JONES
formerly of 256 Station Cobar, 
on Sunday 15th August 2021.

George joined the NSW Fire Brigades in 1971 and served until his resignation in 1985.

A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Thursday, 26 August 2021 at 13:00 hours
Orange City General Cemetery
253 Lone Pine Avenue
Orange NSW 2800

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, numbers are limited. Members are welcome to join the service via;
https:///www.facebook.com/groups/579155403104695/?ref=share

To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Book



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Deputy Captain Lindsay HAY (459036), 
formerly of 459 Station Terrigal, on Sunday 15th August 2021.

Lindsay joined NSW Fire Brigades in June 1993 and served until his retirement in August 2011.
Lindsay is the father of current serving firefighter SF Stuart Hay attached to 304 Station, Gosford.

Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised

To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Form



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of current serving 
Station Officer Terence 'Terry' QUINNELL (7235),
 formerly of 434 Station Hamlyn Terrace, 
on Sunday 8th August 2021.

A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Friday, 20th August 2021 at 10:30 hours
St. Mary Mackillop Catholic Church - Warnervale
91 Sparks Road
Woongarrah NSW 2259

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, numbers are limited. Members are welcome to join the service via;
https://www.FuneralVideo.com.au/TerryQuinnell

To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Book

Members in attendance must comply with current COVID-19 restrictions 
and may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour, should one be required.

Dress Code:
Winter Dress Uniform - Galatea, Peak Cap, Tie and Medals



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Firefighter Ron HOLDER (266003), 
formerly of 266 Station Cootamundra, 
on Wednesday, 4th August 2021, aged 87 years. 

Ron joined NSW Fire Brigades in November 1956 and served for forty years until his retirement in 1996.

 Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Inspector Kenneth 'Kenny' GREENHALGH (5263), 
formerly of South 3 Zone Office Wollongong, 
on Saturday 7th August 2021, whilst holidaying with his wife Jenny in Bundaberg, Queensland. 

Kenny joined NSW Fire Brigades in September 1976 and served until his retirement in September 2005. 
He passed aged 66. 

A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Friday, 20 August 2021 at 13:00 hours
Gregson & Weight Funeral Directors
202 Eumundi-Noosa Road
Noosaville QLD 4566

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this is a private service. Members are welcome to join the service via;
https://www.gregsonweight.com.au/live-streaming/client/?nid=d06e1105-4eb2-49e7-a9da-c8a90e54631a

To submit a message of condolence, visit online Condolence Form



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Former Firefighter Peter LACEY (4109), 
formerly of 024 Station Manly. 

Peter joined NSW Fire Brigades in 1969 and served until his resignation in July 1973. 

Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Station Officer Stuart BEAR (5429), 
formerly of 260 Station Newcastle, 
on Sunday 18th July 2021.

Stuart is the brother of current serving Station Officer Scott Bear.

A private funeral service will be held for family members only on Friday, 23 July 2021.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Captain Allen 'Dick' ELLIOT (239001), 
formerly of 239 Station Broken Hill South, 
on Sunday 4th July 2021.

A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Thursday, 08 July 2021 at 11:00 hours
Broken Hill Civic Centre
31 Chloride Street
Broken Hill NSW 2880

Members may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour, should one be required.
Brigade members in attendance must comply with current COVID-19 restrictions.

Dress Code:
Ceremonial Dress Uniform - Peak Cap, Tie and Medals



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Superintendent Robert 'Bob' WILLIAMS (1578), 
formerly of Fire Safety, 
on Sunday 04 July 2021.

Bob joined NSW Fire Brigades on 20 January 1954 and served until his retirement on 09 April 1991. He passed aged 90.

A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Friday, 09 July 2021 at 10:30 hours
St John the Baptist Church
125 Blackwall Road
Woy Woy NSW 2256

Brigade members in attendance must comply with current COVID-19 restrictions.

Dress Code:
Ceremonial Dress Uniform - Galatea, Peak Cap, Tie and Medals



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Captain Allen 'Dick' ELLIOT
formerly of 239 Station South Broken Hill, 
on Sunday 04 July 2021. 

Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised.



We have received information of the passing of 
Station Officer Charles (Chicka) MINETT (2779)
formerly of 462 Station Tighes Hill
on Saturday 12th June, 2021. 

Chicka joined NSW Fire Brigades on 11 November 1964 and served until his retirement on 11 November 1994.

The funeral was held on Saturday19th June, 2021 at Beresfield NSW.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Firefighter Bradley George CULPIN (442024), 
formerly of 442 Station Scarborough, on Monday 21 June 2021, 
following injuries sustained from a tragic accident.

 Brad joined NSW Fire Brigades on 15 December 1991 and served until his retirement on 14 September 2018. 
He passed aged 63. 

Funeral details will be updated in FR360 once advised.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Mrs Rosemary REED
wife of Retired Captain Merv Reed AFSM, 
on Sunday, 6th June 2021.

Rosemary, together with Merv, contributed greatly to Fire and Rescue NSW, Firefighter Championships, 
and the Tocumwal community. She passed following a long illness.

A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Friday, 11th June 2021 at 11:00 hours
St Alban’s Anglican Church
Cnr Finley Street and Duff Street,
Tocumwal NSW 2714

Members may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour, should one be required.
Brigade members in attendance must comply with current COVID-19 restrictions.

Dress Code:
Ceremonial Dress Uniform – Peak Cap, Tie and Medals.


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Firefighter Walter (Wally) MORRIS
formerly of 208 Station Aberdeen and 455 Station Rutherford, 
on Monday, 7th June 2021. 

The funeral details are as follows:
Wednesday, 16th June 2021 at 1500 hours
Beresfield Crematorium
176 Anderson Drive,
Beresfield NSW 2322

Members may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour, should one be required.
Brigade members in attendance must comply with current COVID-19 restrictions.

Dress Code:
Ceremonial Dress Uniform – Peak Cap, Tie and Medals.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Qualified Firefighter Jason SCHEJNIN (9185), 
formerly of 097 Station Huntingwood, 
on Thursday, 3rd June 2021. 

A funeral service will be held as follows:
Thursday, 10th June 2021 at 11:00 hours
Bowden Family Funeral Chapel
365 Pacific Highway,
Wyong NSW 2259

Members may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour, should one be required.
Brigade members in attendance must comply with current COVID-19 restrictions.

Dress Code:
Ceremonial Dress Uniform – Galatea, Peak Cap, Tie and Medals.


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Engine Keeper Eric STANFORD
formerly of 229 Station Boggabri, 
on Monday, 31st May 2021.

Eric retired from NSW Fire Brigades on 01st October 1995 after many years of service. He passed aged 88.

A graveside funeral service will be held as follows:
Wednesday, 9th June 2021 at 10:00 hours
Laurieton Lawn Cemetery
37 Flinders Drive,
Laurieton NSW 2443

Members may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour, should one be required.
Brigade members in attendance must comply with current COVID-19 restrictions.

Dress Code:
Ceremonial Dress Uniform – Peak Cap, Tie and Medals.


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Station Officer William 'Bill' EDWARDS (2747), 
formerly of 051 Station Forestville, on Sunday, 27th May 2021.

Bill joined NSW Fire Brigades on 05 August 1960 and retired on 21 January 1993. He passed aged 88.

A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Monday, 7th June 2021 at 13:30 hours
East Chapel - Northern Suburbs Crematorium
199 Delhi Road,
North Ryde NSW 2113

Members may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour, should one be required.
Brigade members in attendance must comply with current COVID-19 restrictions.

Dress Code:
Ceremonial Dress Uniform - Galatea, Peak Cap, Tie and Medals.


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
current serving Captain Ian SMITH (454011), 
formerly of 454 Station Tarro, 
on Saturday, 22nd May 2021.

 A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Friday, 28th May 2021 at 12:00 hours
Pettigrew Family Funerals
7 Murray Dwyer Circuit,
Mayfield West NSW 2304

Members may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour, should one be required.
Brigade members in attendance must comply with current COVID-19 restrictions.

Dress Code:
Ceremonial Dress Uniform - Peak Cap, Tie and Medals.