Vale Don Burchill OAM

The Surf Life Saving Queensland family extends their sincere condolences to family and friends of Don Burchill OAM, who passed away yesterday.

Burchill dedicated 63 years to the movement since joining the Tallebudgera Surf Life Saving Club in 1957. Between 1960-1988 Burchill held a variety of roles at Tallebudgera including Club Captain, Treasurer and President; while also heavily involved with the Point Danger Branch.

In 1991 he was appointed Director of Life Saving at SLSQ and between 1995 to 2000 he acted as National Life Saving Director for SLSA.

He received Life Membership for the Point Danger Branch in 1980; SLSQ Life Membership in 1979 and SLSA Life Membership in 1993. In 2006 he was awarded an OAM.

Later in life, Burchill and wife Val, moved up to Hervey Bay where they were quickly embraced by the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club.

SLSQ President Mark Fife praised Burchill’s contribution to lifesaving on a club, branch, state and national level.

“Donny was appreciated by so many for his mentoring across all disciplines of surf lifesaving,” Fife said.

“He was an icon and just wonderful. Everyone loved him.”

Photo courtesy of the Fraser Coast Chronicle


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