It is with much sadness that we advise that beloved SLSA, SLSSA and Moana SLSC Life Member, William “Bill” Halliday OAM, passed away on 26 March at the age of 86.
Bill was an active member of Surf Life Saving for over 65 years at club, state and national level. Gaining his Bronze Medallion in 1953, Bill went on to become an instructor four years later then achieving his Examiner’s award in the ‘60’s and joining the Board of Examiners where he would contribute greatly over many decades.
Surf Sports was of particular interest for Bill and he was equally at home sweeping a surf boat at Henley, coaching R&R (including his own daughters) at North Haven or officiating in various disciplines. If there was a club that needed assistance, he was more than happy to help out, such was his nature. His record of Aussies’ attendances is quite the list with Bill even keeping a diary of every Australian Championships he attended and in what capacity, including as a member of the SA state team on multiple occasions. With his cheeky grin (& often without his teeth in later years), Bill loved the camaraderie and never took himself too seriously. His last Aussies as a surf sports official was in 2014 with a further two years as SLSA life member.
On behalf of the Surf Life Saving SA community, we extend our condolences to the Halliday family.
Bill’s funeral will be held next Tuesday the 2nd of April at Fulham Funerals, 137 Holbrooks Road, Underdale. Members of his surf life saving ‘family’ are most welcome.