Ronald Stanley David Drury, *
Facts and Events
ANNOUNCEMENTS : FUNERAL NOTICES
22/06/2012 Manning River Times
Late of Taree. Formerly of Lansdowne. Passed away peacefully on 20th June 2012. AGED 86 YEARS
Much loved husband of Millie. Loving father and father in law of Dianne & Rod, Paul & Ros, Meryl & John and Alison & Graham (dec). Proud and adoring grandfather and great grandfather.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Ron's funeral service to be held at St John's Anglican Church, Taree on Monday the 25th June 2012 commencing at 11.00 am prior to private cremation.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Careflight Westpac Rescue Helicopter would be greatly appreciated.
A lodge of sorrow will be held at Taree Masonic Centre prior to the funeral service, commencing at 9am
Manning River Times 27 Jun 2012
|Fire chief farewelled
RURAL Fire Service members formed a guard
of honour outside St John`s Anglican Church in
Taree as a final farewell to former fire control 0fficer
for the Greater Taree region, Ron Drury AFSM.
Mr Drury died last Wednesday, at the age of
86, and was privately cremated after a service at St
Johns on Monday morning.
A former resident of Lansdowne, he had lived
in Taree in more recent times.
Mr Drury was the first fire control officer ap-
pointed by council, in 1978, at a time when local
government councils had responsibility for providing bushfire services.
Mr Drury had the responsibility of forming
the first local brigades, which previously had
been simple associations of neighbouring farmers,
using the most basic of equipment.
His era was the forerunner of the modern
NSW Rural Fire Service as is known today.
Mr Drury held the fire control officers position
for just over 14 years until his retirement in 1992.
when he was succeeded by Mr Rod COX.
Mr Drury was also one of a group who formed the
Fire Control Officers Association, and was its
president for a number of years.
He was awarded the Australian Fire Service
Medal recognising service over many years to bushfire brigades.
He is survived by his Wife Millie and family
Dianne and Rod, Paul and Ros, Meryl and John, and
Alison and Graham (deased), as well as his
grandchildren and great gandchildren.