Vale Cliff Marsh OAM
The Surf Life Saving Australia family extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of SLSA Life Member Cliff Marsh OAM, who passed away peacefully on Tuesday 28 September 2021.
Involved in Surf Life Saving with what has been described as “total commitment”, Cliff worked tirelessly at all levels from his local club, Swansea Belmont SLSC, to the Hunter Branch and right the way through to International Lifesaving. He held various roles during a long surf lifesaving career that began with his Bronze Medallion in 1959 at Caves Beach SLSC.
As a competitor, few commanded the respect and admiration that Cliff did. When he turned to coaching and administration, his impact at club, branch, state and national level is still felt today. His commitment to the movement at all levels is best represented by his life membership at Swansea-Belmont SLSC, Surf Life Saving NSW and Surf Life Saving Australia.
Cliff was also heavily involved in the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service and was part of the steering committee that kicked it off in Newcastle in the mid 1970’s. Cliff chaired the Hunter Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service for many years.
He was a dedicated contributor who loved his mates and loved Surf Life Saving. The man behind the surf lifesaver was just as impressive – Cliff cultivated a life that brought him joy all year long.
In the summer he was at the beach, imparting his experience and passion onto the Swansea-Belmont R&R team.
His love for Surf Life Saving and the community was equalled only by his love for his family, and it’s a measure of the man that he was, that so many can attest to his role in their lives.
Cliff will be greatly missed in the Surf Life Saving community, and we extend our deepest condolences to Cliff’s family, friends and the Swansea-Belmont SLSC.