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It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of Surf Life Saving NSW and Surf Life Saving Australia Life Member, Ken Murray, who passed away peacefully on Saturday 21 August.

Ken gained his Bronze Medallion in 1950 and, over the next five decades, would earn Life Membership with Swansea Belmont SLSC, the Hunter Surf Life Saving Branch, and finally, with Surf Life Saving Australia in 1998/99 – becoming cap number 195.

A surf boat competitor of great renown, Ken holds more than 60 Gold medals across Branch, State and National levels as a boat sweep, and also a World Championship title.

However, it was the man behind the successful surf boat competitor that was even more exceptional.

“He was just a beautiful human,” son-in-law, Trevor Dyson said.

“Nothing was ever too much trouble. He helped anybody who needed it and never asked for anything in return.

“He just loved life.”


As a mentor and official, Ken guided the next generation through adolescence and shaped them as outstanding adults.

More often that not, a young member who crossed Ken’s path came out a better young person for it.

“He just got through to them, and his guidance often created good people,” Trevor continued.

“Most of them went on to win titles, too. I think he got more out of that than actually winning titles himself.”

Ken is a Surf Life Saving Australia and ASLR Hall of Fame inductee.

On behalf of the Board and staff of Surf Life Saving NSW, our condolences are extended to Ken’s family and friends.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private funeral has been organised for now.

Thursday 26 August 2021