These members have fallen off their perches.
Click or tap any linked name to see the obituary.
|David Bain||4 February 2010|
|John Bingley||Bingo||20 November 2014|
|John Bowling||Johno||June 2015|
|Selwyn Burrows||Stinkie||14 August 2008|
|Wayne Cannon||Chiz||July 2010|
|Gary Everingham||August 2012|
|Brian Foley||Daffles||6 April 2006|
|Bill (Glynn) Jacob||Jake||22 August 2020|
|Steve Jacobs||Jake||June 2011|
|Tommy Keenan||Tommy||25th September 1969|
|Peter Lanzlinger||Pedro||29 May 2014|
|Eoin McDonald||Mac||2 August 2011|
|Geoff Moffat||Moffo||January 2019|
|Jeff Morley||Morls||7 February 2010|
|Tony Priest||Birdie||20 March 2010|
|Tony Young||Early 80s|
|Bolleks Zielinski||Bollocks||July 2015|
Geoff was a member of Park Beach during the early 1960s. He provided outstanding service as Secretary-Treasurer, Club Captain, and Instructor.
Geoff patrolled for 50 years and held committee roles at several mainland clubs. He finished his career at the Normanville SLSC in South Australia.
Moffo is another great loss to surf life saving.
John "Bingo" Bingley was a strong club man and a quiet achiever in the early days of the surf club. In later life his service continured as a strong advocate for disabled Australian veterans. He helped many ex diggers navigate the Department of Veteran Affairs bureaucracy to claim benefit entitilements.
His family held a memorial service for him at the Church of Incarnation, Lindisfarne, on Friday 28th November 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Park Beach SLSC members present at the memorial service included: Tony Adkins, Denis Cole, Gil Oakes, Colin Rose, Chris Guesdon, Rodney Ridgers, Cliff Wright, and long time supporter Julie Mills McClymont.
Coley and Bingo started primary school together when they were kids. They continued through high school together at St. Virgils.
A great club man, rower, and ski padler, Peter "Pedro" Lanzlinger lost the battle in May 2014. A great competitor, Pedro took his patrol work very seriously - never missing a rostered day and often taking over from others who could not make it to the beach.
Like many others, a big part of Pedro's life revolved around Park Beach and serving his fellow man. He served in the RAAF and was an active member of the Claremont RSL. His dad, Godfrey was a staunch committeman in the early days. His brothers Andrew and Paul were also active members.
Pedro's workmates knew him as The Doctor, and Bubbleguts
Several of Pedro's good mates: Wooda, Patto, Coley, Couls, and Dunk are gathering more information about his life for this space. Please pass on what ever you have.
Jake joined Park Beach in 1969 with a group of strong swimmers from the Clarence swimming club. A great club man, and a tirelss worker, Jake competed in the R&R. open surf swims, and was a member of our strong, open surf relay team. The white dodge ute with the Websters W on the back window was a frequent site at Park Beach and around the state at various carnivals.
He organised the Park Beach 40th reunion and was a member of the organising committee for our 50th anniversary in 2010 last year.
Jake represented Tasmania in water polo in 1971, He, Couls, and Dunk shared a room and great friendships on that trip. During the winter Jake played football with Friends amateurs. More recently, Jake was actively involved with the Sandy Bay Regatta Association.
Always a quiet fighter, Jake lost his final battle with cancer in June 2011.
He was a good bloke.
Much-loved and respected surf lifesaving official, Eoin McDonald, passed away on 2 August 2011. Park beach and the Sunshine Coast surf lifesaving community mourned the sudden death of popular stalwart Eoin “Banjo” McDonald. The 76-year-old, who donated much of his time to the sport he loved, died of a heart attack.
A few weeks earlier, Mac received the top honour for his unwavering dedication as the Coast's top surf lifesaving official. Family and friends comforted his wife June and son Matthew, 38 while his local surf club planned a farewell for a “tremendous lifesaver” and “all-round popular bloke”.
Lifelong friend and fellow Park beach member Neil Coulston told how he met Mac in Tasmania in the early 1960s, where he helped set up a surf lifesaving club at Park Beach. Eoin brought his experience from Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club to make a significant contribution to the sport in Tasmania. He represented Tasmania at numerous Australian titles and during the winter months he put the same energy into rugby union. Couls said he was famous for a sometimes fiery passion for the game. After his playing days he excelled at refereeing the sport. “His knowledge of the rules of rugby was exceptional because during his playing career he had broken most of them.”
Mac made a career in the industrial safety industry and became an officer for the National Safety Council, his advice respected from mines in Queenstown to the zinc works in Hobart and the state's timber industry. His work led him to a job in Hong Kong as a safety manager for Mass Transit Railway, which is one of the most efficient in the world. “He put the same energy into Royal Life Saving in Hong Kong as he did to surf lifesaving in Queensland and Tasmania,”
Mac also enjoyed more success with rugby refereeing, highlighted by his selection for a Hong Kong International Sevens final. Friends said his luck peaked in Hong Kong when he met Canadian nurse June, who had “intellect and people skills that were good enough to curb the mischievous side of Mac's lifestyle. He fell in love and brought June back to Tasmania with him, where he ran for the Sorell council, won and made a significant contribution to the township.
Mac accepted a job as a safety officer on Christmas Island, where he and June lived for a number of years. They retired to the Sunshine Coast.
In 2011, Mac officiated at the Australian Championships on the Gold Coast and last month was named Sunshine Coast official of the year. “He enjoyed life tremendously, he had a good sense of humour,” friend Ron Tallon said. “He was a highly valued member of our board and will certainly leave a big hole.”His ashes will be spread at Mooloolaba and a wake organised at the surf club next week. “Of all the good that Eoin has done, he has left one fabulous legacy behind: his son, who has inherited his father’s gentleness and his intelligence and his wit,” Eoin’s wife, June.
Click to see a touching video of lifesavers casting Mac's ashes in the surf.
From an early age, Willie loved his sports, especially swimming and footie. It was a natural progression for him to join Park Beach where he was a member of the club's second bronze squad.
His easy, friendly nature endeared him to everyone; having a car also helped. He became a strong club man who was always there, without fanfare. Helping people gave him great pleasure. He did it all his life.
Willie met Sue at Park Beach in the early 60s. They married, had three boys, and in the early 80s drove their flamingo VW Kombi across the Nullarbor to start a new life in W.A. where Willie eventually found his niche as a swimming instructor. After teaching and coaching hundreds of swimmers, local government bureaucracy forced him to close his swim school.
Undaunted, suffering from a severe artery disease, and recovering from bypass surgery, Willie set up council-run learn-to-swim programmes in Perth. He coached toddlers, school kids, adults, special needs, club, state, and national level swimmers. He coached swim squads from Triggs and Mullaloo SLSC. He also coached a squad of world-class triathletes.
Willie's most cherished student was Olympic Bill Kirby, who won a gold medal at the Sydney Olympics. He also coached current olympians Eamon Sullivan and Tommaso D'Orsogna when they were juniors.
Willie dropped dead while walking beside the ocean with Sue and his grandson, Callan. A loyal friend and a quiet achiever sorely missed. Sue cast his ashes off Park Beach in 1988.
Thomas Phillip Keenan died on the 20th Sept, 1969, and was buried the 25th of Sept, 1969, in the Olds Cemetery, Alberta, Canada. His obituary appeared in the Calgary Herald the 25th Sep 1969.
Tommy made us all laugh a lot. He died and is buried in the cold ground of Alberta Canada, far from his home and far from Park Beach.