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 the sad passing of 
Retired Deputy Captain Michael RYAN (397005). 

Michael sadly passed away on Wednesday 21st February 2024.
 Michael joined the NSW Fire Brigades on 1st September 1967 as a volunteer firefighter
 and retired on 1st September 2000 as 
Deputy Captain of 397 Nambucca Heads Fire Station serving for 33 years. 
Michael was awarded an Honorary Membership of the NSW Fire Brigades. 

Funeral details:
Wednesday 28th February at 11:00hrs
Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church
6 Mann Street
Nambucca Heads NSW 2448

The service will be followed by a private cremation.

Members may attend in uniform.
Ceremonial Dress Uniform – Peak cap, tie and medals.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Captain Paul CARTER (364006), 
formerly of 364 Lithgow West Fire Station.
Paul sadly passed away on Saturday 3rd February 2024. 

Paul joined NSW Fire Brigades on 1 March 1968 and served until his retirement on 17 July 2020.
During his tenure, Paul was the Engine Keeper, Deputy Captain, 
and was appointed Captain at 364 Lithgow West in March 1993.

Funeral details:
Friday 16 February 2024 at 11:00hrs
Hoskins Memorial Uniting Church
43 Bridge Street
Lithgow NSW 2790

Members may attend in uniform. Please arrive at 10:30hrs to form a guard of honour.

Ceremonial Dress Uniform – Peak cap, tie and medals.
(Galateas may be worn)


The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Deputy Captain Reginald LAWSON (337009), 
formerly of Junee Fire Station 
on 30th January 2024 after a long battle with illness. 

Reginald joined the NSW Fire Brigades on 1 March 1975 
and served for 26 years until his retirement on 31 July 2003. 

Reginald served at Junee Fire Station and was awarded the National Medal with the 1st Clasp. 

A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Wednesday, 7th February 2024, at 10 am 
Junee Catholic Church (St Joseph’s) 
21 Kitchener St, Junee, 2663.

Followed by a Burial Service at:
Junee Cemetery
Gundagai Rd, Junee, 2663

The Family has requested that members attend and form a Guard of Honour. 

Ceremonial Dress Uniform: Light blue shirt, Peaked Cap, 
Medals, and Tie may be worn (Galatea is not required).



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Inspector Garry MALPASS (5281), 
formerly of the Fire Investigation and Research Unit. 

Garry joined the NSW Fire Brigades on 28 January 1977 and served for 31 years and 11 months 
until his retirement on 14 December 2008. 

Garry served at the City of Sydney, The Rocks, Alexandria, Stanmore, Ashfield, Newtown, 
and Leichhardt Fire Stations, Zone West 6, and the Fire Investigation and Research Unit. 

Garry was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with the 2nd Clasp 
and the National Medal with the 1st Clasp. 

A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Wednesday, 7th February 2024, at 10 am 
Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park
South Chapel
12 Military Road, Matraville, 2036

Members may attend and form a Guard of Honour should one be required. 



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Deputy Captain Edward T. WILLIAMS (227005)
formerly of Blayney Fire Station. 

Edward joined the NSW Fire Brigades on 17th October 1971 and served for 27 years until his retirement on 22nd May 1998. 

A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Thursday, 25rd January 2024, at 2 pm.
Orange Funeral Homes
1 Cameron Place, Orange, NSW

Members may attend and form a Guard of Honour should one be required. 

Ceremonial Dress Uniform: Galatea, Peaked Cap, Medals, and Tie may be worn.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Senior Firefighter Billy TODD.

Billy sadly passed away on 18th January 2024.

Billy was a member of the NSWFB in the 1960s and is the father of retired S/O Mark TODD. 
He was a boxing welterweight champion of Australia and fitness conditioner for a number 
of rugby league football teams such as Western Suburbs,
 Canterbury/Bankstown, Parramatta and Cronulla.

Funeral details 
Wednesday 7th February 2024 
North Chapel, 
Northern Suburbs Crematorium, 
Delhi Road, 
Macquarie Park 
commencing at 11:15 hours. 

A gathering will be held at North Ryde RSL following the service.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Inspector Donald Arthur Fredrick BULLARD (2830), 
formerly of the NSW Fire Brigades Zone 1, 
on 8th January 2024

Donald joined the NSW Fire Brigades on 7 April 1961 and served for 29 years until his retirement on 4 April 1990. 
Donald served at Parramatta, Blacktown, Penrith, and Stanmore Fire Stations, as well as the Bushfire Section and Zone 1.
Donald was awarded The Good Service badge with the 2nd Clasp and The National Medal with the 1st Clasp. 

A funeral service will be held at:
1:30 pm, 18 January 2024
Blackheath Baptist Church 
6 Bundarra St, Blackheath NSW

Ceremonial Dress Uniform: Galatea, Peaked Cap, Medals, and Tie may be worn.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Senior Firefighter Kevin Norman BANKS (5451), 
formerly of Tweed Heads Fire Station, 
on 18th December 2023

Kevin joined the NSW Fire Brigades on 25th August 1978 and served for 23 years until his retirement on 2nd November 2001. 

Kevin served at Kogarah, Botany, the Breathing Apparatus Section, Newcastle, Lismore Command and Tweed Heads Fire Stations. 

Kevin was awarded The National Medal. 

A private family cremation ceremony has already taken place.



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Captain William James CUSACK (491003), 
formerly of 491 Warren. 

Bill sadly passed away on 30th December 2023. 

Bill joined NSW Fire Brigades on 15th March 1964 and served until his retirement 
on 20th November 2006 serving for 42 years.

Bill served at 491 Warren Fire Station until his retirement and retired as Captain.

Funeral details 
A Requiem Mass at 
St Brigid’s Catholic Church, 198 Brisbane St. Dubbo. 
This Friday 12th January at 1000 hrs.
Followed by Interment at 
the (New) Dubbo Cemetery, Cobbora/Dunedoo Rd. Dubbo. 

Members may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour should one be required.

Ceremonial Dress Uniform – Peak cap, tie and medals.
(Galateas may be worn)

If any more information is required, contact Perry Campbell on 0408 443 877 or by email Pez4479@protonmail.com .



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Superintendent Geoffrey DUDMAN (1568) QFSM, December 2023.

Geoffrey joined NSW Fire Brigades on 20th September 1953 and retired on 7th April 1988 serving for 35 years. 
Geoffrey last served as a Superintendent in NSWFB training college.

Funeral details:
Monday 8th January at 13:00hrs
Innes Gardens Memorial Park Chapel
Innes Gardens Memorial Park Crematorium
21 Phillip Charley Drive
Port Macquarie NSW 2444 

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

Ceremonial Dress Uniform - Peak cap, tie and medals.
(Galateas may be worn)



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
Retired Deputy Captain Ronald Alfred PARKER
on 17th December 2023 
formerly of 239 Broken Hill South.

Ronald served as an Engine Keeper, Deputy Captain and RFF at 239 Broken Hill South. 
Ronald resigned on 31 October 1988 and served with NSWFB for 17 years.

Ronald’s son Station Officer Scott Parker is currently serving at 238 Broken Hill.

Funeral details:
Thursday 28th December at 14:00hrs
Skinner Family Funerals
1 Frances Terrace, Moonta
South Australia 5558



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
RFF Brennan John (Elksy) ELKS (521724) 
formerly of 306 Grafton.

Brennan joined NSWFB in 2007 and resigned on 19 February 2018.
Brennan served at 306 Grafton.

Brennan passed away peacefully,with his wife by his side following a brief illness.

Funeral details:
Thursday, 21 December 2023 at 10:30hrs
Gwydir Chapel,
Parkview Funeral Home
27 Cowan Street South Grafton
Grafton, NSW 2460

Members may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour. Should one be required.

Ceremonial Dress Uniform – Peak cap, tie and medals.
(Galateas may be worn)



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the passing of 
RFF Edward Bruce (Muggo) MUGGLETON (510006) 
formerly of 510 Yamba on 14 December 2023.

Muggo served at 510 Yamba and was a very proud Engine Keeper for 38 years.

Funeral details:
Wednesday, 20 December 2023 at 10:30hrs
Anglican Church Yamba
59 Yamba Street, Yamba 
YAMBA NSW 2464

Members may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour should one be required.

Ceremonial Dress Uniform – Peak cap, tie and medals.
(Galateas may be worn)



The Retirees Association has been made aware of the passing of
retired S/F/F Barry John WHITE (3574) 
on 15/12/2023. 

Barry joined the NSWFB on 10/03/1965 and retired on 10/01/1981. 
Barry's family have advised that there will not be a funeral.



The Commissioner regrets to advise the passing of 
Retired Firefighter Domenico QUARISA (8148), 
on Wednesday 13th December 2023.

Domenico joined NSW Fire Brigades on the 15th December 1992 as an on-call firefighter at 311 Griffith. 
He would later become the Captain at Griffith before transitioning to the permanent ranks in March 2001.

As a permanent firefighter he served at 57 Wentworthville, 65 Rydalmere, 71 Castle Hill, 
63 Blacktown, 77 St Marys, 98 Cranebrook, 43 Seven Hills, 455 Rutherford and 402 Salamander Bay. 

Domenico retired on the 12th February 2021 having served for a total of just over 28 years.

Funeral details:
Wednesday 20th December 2023 at 10:15hrs
St Michael’s Catholic Church, Nelson Bay
12 Sproule Street, 
Nelson Bay, NSW 2315

Followed by Nelson Bay cemetry.

Members may attend in uniform and for a Guard of Honour should one be required.

Ceremonial Dress uniform may be worn – Peak cap, tie and medals.
(Galateas optional)



It is with great sadness that the Commissioner regrets to advise of the death in the line of duty of 
Firefighter Michael John KIDD (900724) 
on Tuesday 12th December 2023.

Michael was fighting a fire along side his father-in-law, on-call firefighter 82008 Phillip Salt at the time of his passing.
Michael joined Fire and Rescue NSW as an on-call firefighter on the 7th June 2010 serving at 82 Station Richmond.

In accordance with approved protocols, flags are to be flown at half-mast, at all 
occupied FRNSW premises, on the day of the funeral. 
Flags are to be returned to full-mast as soon as possible following the funeral.

A Funeral Service will be held as follows:
Friday 22 December, at 10:30hrs
St Monica’s Catholic Church
1a Bourke Street
RICHMOND NSW 2753

The service will be followed by a private cremation.

Members who are unable to attend are welcome to join the service via;
https://windsorfuneralhome.com.au/live-streaming/client/?nid=a8b49ad6-88d4-49fa-aa94-9b774c58d282 



The Commissioner regrets to advise of the sad passing of current serving 
Inspector Kim Christopher SIMPSON (6398), 
formerly ME2 Duty Commander ‘D’ Platoon, 
on Friday 08 December 2023.

Kim joined NSW Fire Brigades on 02 August 1985 and served at 19 Silverwater, 17 Drummoyne,
 38 Pyrmont, 42 Ryde, 61 Lane Cove, 59 Eastwood, 12 Balmain, 22 Leichardt,
 01 City of Sydney, MN2 Zone Office and ME2 Zone Office.

In accordance with approved protocols, flags are to be flown at half-mast, 
at all occupied FRNSW premises, on the day of the funeral. 
Flags are to be returned to full-mast as soon as possible following the funeral.

Memorial details A memorial service will be held for all to attend to celebrate Kim’s life on 
Wednesday 20th December, 2023, 1400 hrs
.
Dee Why RSL Club
, 932 Pittwater Road, Dee Why, 2099. 

At the request of the family, Duty Wear or civilian clothing may be worn. 
Please go to the link provided in FR360 to RSVP. 

Those unable to attend the ceremony, there will be a livestream available.  https://www.ceremonycast.com.au/kimsimpson 

In accordance with approved protocols, flags are to be flown at half-mast, at all occupied FRNSW premises, on the day of the funeral. 
Flags are to be returned to full-mast as soon as possible following the funeral. 
The family will be holding a private cremation.



The Commissioner regrets to advise the passing of 
Retired Station Officer Frederick Bruce FITZGERALD (5066) 
on 23rd November 2023, aged 77 years.

Fred joined NSW Fire Brigades on 09th August 1974 
and served until his retirement on 21st March 1997.

Fred served at 01 City of Sydney, 27 Parramatta, 55 Guildford, 15 Burwood, 59 Eastwood,
 05 Newtown, 37 Gordon, 260 Newcastle, 251 Cardiff and finished of his career at Newcastle Communication Centre.

Funeral details to come.



The Commissioner regrets to advise the passing of 
Retired Station Officer Robert TAIT (4053), 
on Friday 24th November 2023.

Bob joined NSW Fire Brigades on 3/08/1968 and retired on 13/10/1995. 
Bob was the NSW Fire Brigades Retirees Branch Co-ordinator for Newcastle for many years and will be sadly missed.

Funeral details:
Thursday 30th November at 1000hrs.
Lake Macquarie Memorial Park
405 Cessnock Rd, Ryhope NSW 2283

Members may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour should one be required.

Ceremonial Dress Uniform – Peak cap, tie and medals.
(Galateas may be worn) 



The Commissioner regrets to advise the passing of 
Retired Captain Ivan BURKILL (283001). 
Ivan passed away peacefully after a battle with cancer.

Ivan joined NSW Fire Brigades on 1st March 1983 and retired on 14th November 2014, serving for 31 years.
Ivan was the captain at 283 Denman Fire Station until he retired. 

Currently serving Captain Amon Burkill from 283 Denman is the son of the late Retired Captain Ivan Burkill.

Funeral details:
Wednesday 29th November at 1100 hours.
Denman St Matthias Anglican Church
50 Palace Street, Denman NSW 2328

Members may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour. Should one be required.

Ceremonial Dress Uniform – Peak cap, tie and medals.
(Galateas may be worn



The Commissioner regrets to advise the passing of 
Retired Captain Vincent WIEGOLD AFSM (340001), 
passed away in palliative care on Saturday, 18th November 2023.

Vince joined NSW Fire Brigades on 15th September 1980 and retired on 15th February 2009. 
Vince was stationed at Ettalong Fire Station and last served at 340 Umina. 
Vince was the first retained member of 340 Umina and was
awarded an AFSM in 2003.

Funeral details:
Friday 1st December at 1400hrs
Greenway Chapel
460 Avoca Drive Green Point 
NSW 2250

Members may attend in uniform and form a Guard of Honour should one be required.

Ceremonial Dress Uniform – Peak cap, tie and medals.
(Galateas may be worn) 



The Association has been advised of the passing of 
retired Inspector Richard Barry (Darby) MUNRO (1583) 
on 17th November 2023. 

Barry joined the NSWFB on 09/04/1954 and retired on 07/01/1993.

Funeral 
Monday, 27th November 2023
 at 12pm 
at the St. Michael of the Archangel Chapel, 
Necropolis Cct, 
Rookwood 

and afterwards refreshments at 
Mary Mother of Mercy Condolence Lounge, 
Barnet Ave 
Rookwood