“There But for the Grace of God go I”
As a young man Fred was heavily involved in the founding of Campbelltown Catholic Club. He often shared stories of organizing a bus to take people to Liverpool Catholic Club until they were able to demonstrate they had enough members for a Catholic Club of their own. He was a Director at the Campbelltown Catholic Club from 1966-1976 and in 1995 he was made a Life Member of the club in recognition of his service there.
He owned a successful local business for more than a decade where he made his mark on the sporting and school communities in the area. He was a director at the Campbelltown Chamber of Commerce from 1992-1997 and Chairman from 2000-2005. He was also a member of the Rotary Club of Campbelltown from 1993-1997. He worked tirelessly at every opportunity to improve the city he loved.
In the year 1999 he was elected as an independent onto Campbelltown City Council and was Deputy Mayor of Campbelltown from 2000-2001. He held a seat at Campbelltown City Council for the rest of his life, never once losing the position, rather he was supported by the community of Campbelltown whom he supported in turn.
In the year 2000 Fred was involved with and became an inaugural board member at the Kids of MacArthur Health Foundation. He was Chairman of the Relay for Life from 2000-2005, which was notably the first Relay for Life held in NSW. In 2005 he and few close friends moved away from the Relay for Life in order to establish the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur, of which he was the Inaugural Chair.
In 1998 he was the recipient of the Campbelltown Citizen of the Year award, one of many awards he would receive in his life, and in the year 2000 he carried the Olympic torch which was a very proud moment. To complete his long list of awards he will be posthumously honoured with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) later this year. Among his services to the area are his work as the founding Chairman of the Works Committee and his positions on numerous other committees. He was also the Patron for the Campbelltown Branch of the United Hospital Auxiliaries, the Door Knock Appeal and NRMA Care Flight.
“Stay true to your word, Never turn your back on someone in need and
family comes before anything else.”