Moving tribute to top firie
ONE hundred members of emergency services were at St John’s Church in West Warwick yesterday for the funeral service of long-serving fire officer John Hamilton.
Eighty Queensland Fire and Rescue Service members formed a guard of honour as well as a large contingent of police and ambulance officers.
A moving family tribute was presented by John’s brother in law Ray Nielsen, Glyn Rees recalled the joy of work with John in the fire service and close friend and retired paramedic Greg Linnett spoke in glowing terms of a great mate.
Mr Rees read tributes from the Queensland branch of the United Firefighters Union, Queensland Rugby League Referees’ Board, Wallaby Senior Rugby League Football Club in Gladstone and a fax from John’s NRL club, the Parramatta Eels, signed by Nathan Cayless, Timana Tahu and Daniel Mortimer.
His love of his wife, Kay, sons Luke and Ben, commitment to friends, workmates and the community were constant themes in the tributes, as were his interests in fishing, golf and music.