Farewell to George Rumley after a life of service

A FUNERAL celebrating the life of George Rumley BEM will be held at The Valley Sports Bar in Norfolk at 11am this Wednesday (January 10). Born in 1934, Mr Rumley died on December 22, aged 89.

Mr Rumley lived a life of service to the Derwent Valley, in particular in his home community at Glenora/Bushy Park where he served as a Tasmania Fire Service volunteer for more than 50 years, was involved in community sport and served on the Bushy Park War Memorial Swimming Pool Committee.

In 1961 Mr Rumley received the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his role in rescuing people in the 1960 flood. Announced in the London Gazette in November 1960, the medal was awarded for Mr Rumley’s “courage, leadership and devotion to duty in extremely hazardous conditions during the devastating floods in the Derwent Valley, Tasmania in April 1960.”

Later, he served for many years with the State Emergency Service, rising to deputy co-ordinator of the then New Norfolk SES. He was also a volunteer firefighter at Bushy Park and in 1986 was named the then New Norfolk municipality’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year.

In a tribute last week, the acting chief officer of the Tasmania Fire Service said the TFS, State Fire Commission and members of the TFS were saddened by the passing of the long-serving and valued volunteer.

Mr Rumley was serving as a TFS brigade chief at the time he was awarded the National Medal in 1985. His continued service resulted in the awarding of bars to that medal in 1993 and 2001.

Mr Rumley’s family expressed its appreciation for the care and support received from staff at Corumbene Care. His funeral this Wednesday at 11am at The Valley Sports Bar, Back River Rd, New Norfolk, will be followed by the burial at Red Hills Cemetery, Bushy Park, around 1pm.

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