Vale: Arthur Bunt B.E.M

Surf Life Saving NSW Life Member Arthur Bunt B.E.M (British Empire Medal), of Moruya SLSC on the Far South Coast has sadly passed away aged 93.

Arthur was a life member of Moruya SLSC and the Far South Coast Branch as well as SLSNSW after joining the Surf Life Saving movement in 1936 as a member of Tuncurry SLSC. He was so keen to join the club he ‘adjusted’ his age up by a year in order to gain his Bronze Medallion. Two seasons later he rowed in a surfboat crew which claimed a silver medal at the State Titles.

In 1940 Arthur joined Blackhead SLSC and enlisted in the Army. In 1947 he became a member of Mollymook SLSC and obtained his instructor’s certificate and was captain and treasurer of the R&R and March Past teams.

In 1962 he joined Moruya SLSC where he continued his high involvement including completing carnival patrols, crewing the duty boat, assisting with Nippers and acting as the club’s gear steward, repairing craft and travelling around NSW and Australia supporting Moruya at various carnivals. Arthur was also heavily involved in the George Bass Surf Boat Marathon, the world’s longest and toughest surfboat race held biannually from Batemans Bay to Eden.

Arthur’s honours include the British Empire Medal which he received on 17 February 1970 for gallantry in saving lives during bush fires. He also held his 50 Year National Patrol Service Award and 50 Year Long Service Award.

Friend of 45 years and fellow surf club member, Ron Chesher, remembered a "really genuine bloke who always saw that things were done right".

"Arthur started out with us at Moruya after having an interest in surf boats. We had an old one and he fixed it up for us. He was a very good club member and man. He served the club and also the army during his time in New Guinea, that's just the sort of person he was," added Mr Chesher.

Arthur passed away peacefully at Batemans Bay hospital early Sunday morning 1 June 2014 after a sudden illness.

Our condolences go to Arthur’s friends and family, especially his wife Myril and the Moruya SLSC at this sad time.

Mon 2 Jun 2014