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The passing of Harry Rothsay

By: Euan Ferguson

  11.00 AM 16 November, 2012

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On Wednesday morning we awoke to the very sad news of the passing of one of our esteemed former leaders in former Chief Officer Harry Rothsay.

Harry had not enjoyed good health for the past 12 months. Following a recent fall, Harry had been admitted to hospital last week and it was there that he passed away late Tuesday afternoon. His widow, Dawn has told us that Harry celebrated his 80th birthday on the 16th July this year, and was pleased to receive numerous phone calls and cards from many of his former CFA friends and colleagues. On behalf of CFA, I sent a birthday card and I was very pleased at the time to receive a short note back from him.

Harry's service with CFA spanned over 42 years. He joined the Moe Urban Fire Brigade in the early 1950's and was Captain when he joined the CFA in 1962. His career in CFA saw him as a Regional Officer in Regions 18, 12 and 14, an Assistant Chief Officer in the North Eastern Zone and Central Zone prior to his appointment to Chief Officer in 1991. He continued in that role, retiring from CFA in 1994. We understand that it was Harry's request that there be no funeral service. Harry will be sadly missed, he was a great friend to all in the CFA and a very popular Officer and Chief. Our sincere condolences to his wife Dawn and family, including daughters Laurene , Gale and Tanya and stepsons Graeme and Gary. Dawn's contact details are available from my office on request.

On behalf of CFA I have written to Dawn and the family expressing our sincere condolences on the loss of a wonderful CFA leader and a mate to many.

"From the dying embers of our comrade's life we shall kindle a new flame and pass it on from member to member, as a symbol that the life we now honour will go on in service through those who this day are humbled before eternity and dedicated to help our community through service with the country Fire Authority."

Rest In Peace

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