Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue Group loses stalwart

Henry Hall
Henry Hall

WHITFORDS Volunteer Sea Rescue is sad to announce the passing of one of the group’s longest serving members.

Henry Hall died on September 25, aged 94.

He joined the group in 1978, working with John Stacy (Green 1 is named R/V Stacy-Hall in their honour).

Henry set up a base station on his roof at home with a radio that was originally going to be temporary but 36 years later, he was still running the “temporary” base station.

Henry was an active volunteer in the group for 36 years, only retiring last November at a party in his honour.

He carried out regular radio watches from home (as did his family) until June 2014.

For years, Henry also operated his private boat Jenik as a rescue boat for his squad. Many a boatie has been rescued by Henry over the years.

Henry was a World War II veteran of the Pacific, flying B24 Liberators in the RAAF as a tail gunner, flying over Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

He flew in the battle of Borneo, the last major action of World War II, which liberated Borneo from Japanese occupation.

A friendly and kindly man who thought more about what he could give than what he could receive, Henry will be sadly missed but a sadness tempered by admiration of a life very well lived and joy that we knew him.

Henry was laid to rest in Pinnaroo last week.

This announcement was delayed until after the funeral in deference to the family’s wishes.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family (Annette, Jocelyn and Ian) who we thank for the long years of service themselves on radio duty and for their support, since volunteers don’t volunteer for long unless there is a lot of support from their families, and who deserve as much credit for lives saved at sea.