Popular man of many interests

August 31, 2016

Terrence James

(Terry) Sydes

26.08.1942 — 07.08.2016

Bushwalking and the Bushwalking Club was a big part of Terry’s life, but there were many other things, too.

He was a founding member of the Swan Hill Basketball Club and was honoured with a life membership in 1970.

He played, coached and refereed here in Benalla for many years.

Terry was born in Swan Hill and lived at Nyah West on the family fruit block.

When the family moved to Robinvale to take up a soldier settlement block he had to stay behind to continue his schooling.

He left school in Form 4 and started a motor mechanics apprenticeship at Holts Garage in Swan Hill.

He later trained as a teacher at Ferntree Gully Tech School and eventually settled in Benalla about 1973.

He taught at Benalla Technical School in the automotive area and also at various times was the welfare officer there.

He was also a member of the Lurg CFA for 18 years.

He supported his children in their sporting pursuits in swimming, football and basketball as well as bushwalking, skiing, camping, and four-wheel drive trips.

He was more than just a parent barracking on the sidelines, but a coach, referee and always a driver.

Terry was one of the founding members of the Benalla Bushwalking Club in 1984 and held many positions right up to the present when he was again president.

During the years he organised and led about 200 walks and also produced the newsletter for many years. His knowledge of tracks was encyclopaedic and he shared that knowledge and love of the bush for the benefit of all walkers.

He also organised a number of track maintenance work parties.

In the club’s 25th Anniversary year he was presented with a Pathfinder Award in recognition of his tremendous input to the club.

He also found time to become a member of the Board of Bushwalking Victoria.

Terry had a unique sense of humour and was a gentle unassuming person, always willing to help others and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Vale Terry Sydes.

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