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It is with great sadness that Surf Life Saving NSW advises of the passing of Life Member Charlie Cox OAM of Evans Head Casino SLSC

Charlie gained his Bronze Medallion in 1956 ahead of a life dedicated to the Surf Life Saving movement.

With a great understanding of the needs of lifesavers and clubs, Charlie was respected for his wealth of knowledge and store of historical information about Surf Life Saving in the area.

“Charlie was always willing to help, never looking for recognition, he was always available and had a big smile on his face,” said Far North Coast President Wilson Cregan, reflecting on the incredible contribution Charlie made to his branch. “He was the kind of person who knew everyone and he was just so friendly.”

Charlie had the respect of his peers not only within his club, but the wider community and throughout the branch and state. He was an integral part of committees and panels for over three decades where he helped lead and create development opportunities, particularly for his neighbouring clubs and those in the Far North Coast Branch.

A strong competitor in March Past, beach sprint and relays and coach of R&R, Charlie won several titles at both branch and Country championships.

He played a major role in the organisation of the NSW Championships as an official, team manager and organising secretary, particularly in the 1980s. He motivated and managed the NSW country athletes and teams and was pivotal in creating development and touring opportunities.

Within his club, Charlie lead Evans Head Casino SLSC as president between 1974-76 as well as held almost every other committee position including vice president, secretary, club captain, chief instructor, registrar, patrol captain and training camp director and represented the club as delegate to the branch.

Off the beach Charlie was a passionate and loved teacher. His ability to speak and hold the room was a true talent and an asset during his 14 year term as a councillor and eight years as elected Mayor of Casino Municipal Council and Richmond Valley Shire where he united the community. A true man of the people, he was also involved with local clubs and services including the Casino Soccer and Junior Rugby League associations, Cancer Council Relay for Life and was the chair of Meals on Wheels.

“He was a great listener and a true volunteer,” said Wilson Cregan. “He will be dearly missed.”

Charlie was passionate, selfless and truly community-minded. The time and energy he put into helping educate and develop others will be his enduring legacy. He was involved with Evans Head Casino SLSC until his passing on Thursday 14 August 2020, aged 80.

Charlie is survived by wife Robyn, two sons Anthony and Dean, daughter-in-law Tracey and three grandchildren Tiarna, Riley and Sam.