Recently Mary farewelled two fine citizens who have contributed so much to the community, attending Bede Tongs’ funeral on 27 January and Sylvie Stern’s on the following day.
Retired Captain Bede Tongs OAM MM died on 14 January after a battle with cancer. He was a veteran of World War II who served in Papua New Guinea nine times, including being decorated with the Military Medal for action on the Kokoda Track. Bede worked hard over the last few years to raise awareness of what happened at Kokoda. He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2014.