31 March 2022

Ms TRISH DOYLE (Blue Mountains) (15:47): I recognise the late Barrie Ward, born 26 April 1934, who died on 13 November 2021. He was from Hughes Avenue in Lawson. Amongst his work and many interests, Barrie was a foundation member of the Lawson and Bullaburra volunteer bushfire brigades. He was captain of both for many years. Barrie was passionate about theatre, he sang in the church choir and loved singing at karaoke evenings with his friends in Lawson. On 18 January 1977 he was running late to work and did not make it in time to sit in his usual train carriage with his mate. That train was involved in the worst railway disaster in Australian history—the Granville train disaster. Barrie was one of the survivors. Over the years he underwent a series of surgeries, but he suffered bravely and always with a smile on his face. I extend my condolences to Barrie's devoted and loving wife, Val Ward, his children and his many friends and colleagues in the community. He was adored by them all. Vale and rest in peace, Barrie Ward.