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Surf Life Saving NSW is saddened to learn of the passing of Mona Vale SLSC, Sydney Northern Beaches Branch, SLSNSW and SLSA Life Member, Lindsay Paton OAM. He was 92.

Lindsay gained his Bronze Medallion in 1949, having joined Mona Vale surf club the year before, and held down significant positions at Club and Branch level over the course of his impressive Surf Life Saving journey.

Among them, he is a former President, Honourary Treasurer and Branch Delegate of his home club, Mona Vale, and was an active contributor to Sydney Northern Beaches Branch – the old Manly-Warringah – where he sat on several Committees, and Registrar, Gear Steward and Honourary Treasurer were some of the many hats he wore.

He was awarded Life Membership of Mona Vale in 1961, his Branch in 1974, and State in 1980.

At State level, he was a NSW Team Manager in the 60’s and sat on the Finance, Constitution and Public Education Committees.

His passion for R&R saw him officiate at the State and Australian Championships on many occasions, and it was rare to not see him at a carnival held across his Branch.

Surf Life Saving NSW President, Peter Agnew ESM said that Lindsay had made an invaluable contribution to Surf Life Saving.

“This is a tremendous loss for the organisation and specifically Sydney’s Northern Beaches,” he said.

“Lindsay’s dedication to Surf Life Saving, from his many decades volunteering at Mona Vale to his commitments at State and National level, have left a lasting legacy and we are very grateful for his service.”

Lindsay passed on 5 December. Surf Life Saving NSW would like to pass on its condolences to his children and grandchildren, Christopher, Catherine, Andrew and Ian and their families.

Thursday 14 December 2023