Community mourns the death of surf life saving stalwart

SAD LOSS: The community is mourning the death of surf life saving stalwart Gary Redal who died following a battle with cancer. Photo: contributed
SAD LOSS: The community is mourning the death of surf life saving stalwart Gary Redal who died following a battle with cancer. Photo: contributed contributed

THE Bundaberg community is mourning the loss of surf life saving stalwart Gary Radel who has lost his battle with cancer.

Mr Radel, a life member of the Moore Park Beach Surf Life Saving Club and council employee of 37 years, died peacefully in his wife, Rowena's arms in the early hours of Sunday.

The 62-year-old was diagnosed with lung cancer in March.

"We knew it wasn't going to be an easy battle," Mrs Radel said.

Mrs Radel said her late husband had a knack for remembering important dates of special events that had happened in his lifetime.

"It is a coincidence that he died on the one year anniversary of his life membership with Surf Life Saving Queensland," she said.

"For him, surf life saving was his life."

Mr Radel's stepdaughter, Star, was his "little shadow".

"He became my father - he wasn't just a step dad," she said.

"He always said to me I was like having a daughter and son at the same time."

Surf Life Saving Queensland Wide Bay Capricorn regional operations manager Craig Holden said Mr Radel was a "true gentleman" of the surf life saving movement.

"He was respected by everyone involved as a fair and honest surf sports' official and also as someone who was passionate about the training of members for their awards and accreditations - in particular, as a trainer and assessor," he said.

"He was a stickler for ensuring the correct standards and techniques for lifesavers when performing CPR as he believed that this made everyone a better lifesaver and also increased the chance of survival for a patient."

Mr Holden said Mr Radel had been honoured with not just one life membership, but three - with the Moore Park Beach Surf Life Saving Club, the Wide Bay Capricorn Branch and at the state level with Surf Life Saving Queensland.

"This reflects the dedication and commitment that Gary demonstrated to the Surf Life Saving Association across all levels and for this he will leave behind a robust legacy," he said.

Mr Radel was a plumbing officer with the Bundaberg Regional Council.

Friend and workmate Tony Read said Mr Radel's passing had been felt by all council staff.

"Even now, talking to the plumbers and engineers around the area, they would always ring Gary for advice," he said.

"They relied on his local knowledge for their contracts and developments.

"He always looked out for the plumbers and offered advice."

The pair first met at the Moore Park Beach Surf Life Saving Club in 1986, and eventually became colleagues at the former Burnett Shire Council in 2003.

"Gary was always that bloke, even if he was snowed under with work, he would drop what he was doing to give you a hand," Mr Read said.

"He loved to have a joke but at the same time he kept a level of professionalism. He loved his family, fishing, crabbing and didn't mind a nice cold beer."

Topics:  surf life saving tribute

Men's Shed to open soon

MEN'S SHED: Rob Miller and Col Driver at the new Gayndah Men's Shed.

The Gayndah Men's Shed is ready to open

Witnesses claim couple were 'thrown' from car after crash

Ambulance generic

The crash happened about 2pm with no injuries reported

Woman taken to hospital after crash

Woman taken to hospital in stable condition

Local Partners

Get help at financial info day

A FREE information day to help anyone in need of financial help or advice is being held today as part of Anti-Poverty Week.

Men's Shed to open soon

MEN'S SHED: Rob Miller and Col Driver at the new Gayndah Men's Shed.

The Gayndah Men's Shed is ready to open

Former Split Enz front man Tim Finn finds new niche

Singer Tim Finn has written the music for theatre production Ladies in Black.

Musician finds his way to theatre

Workshops to show you how to bring puppets to life

STRING SECTION: Two puppet-making workshops will be held in the region.

Ever wanted to know how to make puppets?

Azealia Banks won't take legal action against Russell Crowe

Rapper Azealia Banks

Rapper drops legal action against Russell Crowe

Brad Pitt meets with his kids amid divorce proceedings

Actor Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt has met up with his oldest son Maddox

Pictures of Taylor Swift allegedly being groped are sealed

They could "complicate jury selection".

Bruce Springsteen finds therapy useful

Singer Bruce Springsteen

Singer encourages others to seek help

Kerry Washington wants one more child

Kerry Washington recently gave birth to her second child

Kerry has only just become a new mum again

TRAVEL: Musicals light up Sydney

David Campbell performs in Dream Lover.

We take a trip through one of Sydney's finer scenes

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track