Worth his Weight In Gold
Surf Life Saving NSW is saddened to hear of the passing of Life Member and North Narrabeen identity William “Billy” Worth OAM earlier this week following a period of ill-health.
He was 78.
In six decades of involvement with Surf Life Saving, Billy Worth managed to craft a highly impressive resume and it is fair to say there wasn’t much that this modest man didn’t achieve.
His involvement at North Narrabeen SLSC, the club that was to play such a significant part in his life, began as a cadet member back in season 1952-53 and he obtained his Bronze Medallion the following season.
In his early days he was an accomplished surfboat rower, competing in the final of the Australian Junior Championships in successive seasons.
National Service commitments interrupted his involvement at his beloved club for two years, but when he returned he threw himself into patrol duties and played a key role in the formation of the junior club.
He continued this involvement with the junior and senior club over the ensuring decades and became heavily involved at Branch Level as well. He held many official positions, served on numerous committees and contributed enormously across all levels of Surf Life Saving.
The esteem that Billy is held in is reflected by the Life Memberships he earned throughout the years. At a local level he is a Life Member of North Narrabeen SLSC, North Narrabeen Junior SLSC, Manly- Warringah Juniors SLSA, Sydney Northern Beaches Branch SLSA, and the NSW Junior SLSA.
In 1998 Billy was deservedly elevated to NSW Life Membership and in 2001 was bestowed with the honour of Surf Life Saving Australia Life Membership.
For his tireless efforts and dedication to lifesaving at all levels he was a recipient of the Order of Australia Medal in 2011.
In later years Billy became an integral and much loved member of ‘Dad’s Army’ and a weekly joy was coming to the Surf Life Saving NSW Office, helping to maintain gear and equipment and renewing old friendships with this group of long-serving lifesavers and mates.
There was one thing that outstripped his love of Surf Life Saving and that was his love for his wife Maureen, herself a NSW Life Member and their sons.
Those who saw the two together on the beach couldn’t help but recognise that this was a partnership for the ages.
Our sincere condolences go out to Maureen, the rest of the family and his many friends, both from within and outside of Surf Life Saving.
Billy Worth OAM was one of nature’s true gentlemen and his loss will be felt strongly throughout the lifesaving community.
A service for Bill Worth OAM will be held on Friday 4 November at Anne Wilson Mona Vale at 2pm, followed by the wake at North Narrabeen SLSC.
Fri 28 Oct 2016