Seaman’s final farewell

Sound Telegraph
Rockingham Volunteer Sea Rescue Group Commander Graham Martin during the ceremony.
Camera IconRockingham Volunteer Sea Rescue Group Commander Graham Martin during the ceremony. Credit: Supplied.

The Cruising Yacht Club and Rockingham Volunteer Sea Rescue Group farewelled a former member at a recent memorial service, where the ashes of the local seaman were scattered into the ocean.

The memorial service for David Slowley, who had long membership with both groups, was held at TCYC, where it was announced a radio room would be named after him. Mr Slowley joined TCYC in 1972 and began sailing his Hartley 16, quickly making an impact by serving on club sub-committees and in the various committee and flag officer positions until becoming commodore.

He was later made a life member of the club.

In more recent years, he was a regular radio operator in the tower for all club racing and for most visiting regattas, and the club’s representative on the City of Rockingham’s Marine Advisory Council.

He joined RVSRG in 1984 as a volunteer, holding numerous positions within the group, including vice-commander and commander.

He was also awarded life membership for his dedication and for going above and beyond the required duties of a volunteer. A ceremony for the scattering of his ashes was held on December 22.

RVSRG commander Graham Martin said Mr Slowley’s tireless volunteer efforts in doing “whatever was necessary” had been seen by many.

“David will be remembered as an outstanding community member for his work as a volunteer,” Mr Martin told the gathering.

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