Life Member, Richie Bryant.

 

Richard Bryant, better known to all as Ritchie, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 11, 2012.

 

He was an Active Member with Rockingham Sea Rescue for 22 years. During this time he was a Radio Operator, Skipper, Training Officer, Small Boat Handling Instructor, National Power Boat Instructor, Recreational Skipper’s Ticket co-ordinator, Radio Operator Instructor, Operations Officer and assisted the Group in many other ways.

 

In recent years he could be seen teaching the new crew members the basic knots required by them to be a qualified crew member. He never missed the opportunity to be on duty to assist the Saturday morning R.S.T. examinations when they were being conducted and delighted in being able to offer advice to first time boaties whenever he could. His regular supply of biscuits delighted all.

 

His knowledge of the Group and its history will be missed and up until he was too ill to attend meetings, his regular informative contributions at General Meetings was appreciated.

 

On Sunday, September 12, 2010 he was honoured to have the new Training Vessel, TV3, named as the “Ritchie Bryant” after him. The vessel was officially launched and christened by Ritchie.

 

His smiling face and happy disposition will be sadly missed by all.

 

Vale Life Member, Richard Bryant

 

Reg Hesketh

 

Reg passed away on Monday, February 28, 2011 aged 80 after suffering pulmonary fibrosis for six years.

 

He joined Rockingham Volunteer Sea Rescue Group on February 4, 2009 and immediately got involved within the group as a Radio Operator where his knowledge of boats and the sea proved very helpful to many of the boat crews and radio operators.

 

Emigrating originally from England with his wife Sylvia, they spent 10 years on the Costa Blanca in Spain where Reg worked as a Marine Consultant. In 1996 they moved to Australia to join daughter Sandy and her family. They settled in the Rockingham district and soon became involved within the community, particularly with the Cruising Yacht Club and the Rockingham Dog Club.

 

Reg’s love of the sea came at an early age. He was always proud of his heritage (on his mother’s side) as a descendant of the Murrells of Wivenhoe, Master Mariners. A flight engineer in the Royal Air Force, Reg became a marine engineer on ‘civy’ street and purchased his first clinker built cruiser in his early 20’s. Whilst still in his 20’s, together with a naval architect and boat builder they formed a company which built Atlantic Class yachts. Subsequently Reg branched out with his own Marine Engineering business which included the marinization and export of engines across the globe

 

A long time member of the Little Ship Club and active member of yachting associations in Europe, Reg held an International Marine Radio Licence for many years and spent much time passing on his wide range of marine knowledge, particularly to young sailors. Even in the last year of his life, he made boat hook which enabled our boat crews to pick up onto mooring buoys or unmanned boats adrift, making the recovery easier and safer.

 

He leaves behind his wife, Sylvia, daughter Sandy, (who is also involved in R.S.R. through Reg’s efforts) and a son, Robert.

 

Vale Radio Officer Reg Hesketh, R332

 

Commander John Reilly

 

Aged 74, passed away on May 18, 2010 after a short illness.

 

He has been the driving force behind Rockingham Volunteer Sea Rescue Group for over four years and during this time has overseen the upgrading of equipment within the building and the purchase of his much loved vessel, the Jaimee Lee, something he worked very hard to achieve. This fast response vessel has enabled boat crews to get to the scene of an incident far quicker than ever before in greater comfort and safety. Due to his business knowledge and untiring efforts in fundraising he has left the group on a sound financial footing.

 

Born Peter John Reilly (known as John) in Subiaco in 1936 he spent most of his childhood years in inland Western Australia with his parents and in 1952 at the age of 16 (he put his age up to 17) he decided to join the Australian Army spending six years in the service and ending up in Sydney. In 1958 he took up interstate truck driving then turned his hand to operating various earthworks equipment in the North West for many years. Later he began to build up lawn mowing rounds, landscaping, gardening, finally taking on a Government contract to remove old wooden railway sleepers from the disused country rail networks. It became a big part of his business. He eventually sold it to retire and take up fishing and boating in the Rockingham area.

 

In 2006 he decided to become a volunteer and joined Rockingham Sea Rescue as a radio operator and ended up becoming its Commander in 2008. He was well known and respected throughout the boating community and became involved in many groups and committees with great devotion, drive and enthusiasm which will be missed by many.

 

John is survived by his wife Meryl.

 

Vale Commander John Reilly.

 

Geoffrey Ward

 

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 saw the passing of one of Rockingham Sea Rescue’s esteemed members.

 

Geoff had been a member of the group for around 20 years and had been involved in the instruction of many of the boat crews and radio operators around today. His dedication to perfection will be sorely missed along with his quick smile and quiet humour. He was a man of few words but all of them worth listening to, precise, concise and no time wasting idle chatter, particularly in the radio room where his ear was always tuned to the radios, awaiting that call for assistance or to simply, just log on or off.

 

He will always be remembered by all who knew him as a person willing to help and offer guidance, explain the weather systems and how they affect us, but most of all, he will always be remembered as a true gentleman.

 

Vale Radio Officer Geoffrey Ward.

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