An afternoon to honour retiring Brunswick Valley Rescue boat captain Rob Goodacre took place on Sunday by the river at Brunswick Heads.
Friends and fellow squad members gathered around a barbecue tea to say thanks to the man who had given 22 years to the volunteer service.
Rob spent 12 of those years as boat captain.
“No regrets,” said Rob.
“And I'm very comfortable with the capable hands I've left it in.”
While Rob paid tribute to his wife Ilse for the great support for all his endeavours over the years, Ilse admitted to relief at finally being spared all the worry of a husband on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for every kind of emergency, and for the possibility of finally being able to have a social life together.
“Let me tell you,” she said, “it's been very hard at times when he has gone out in the middle of the night with me left not knowing if he'll come home.
And while Rob plans a life of more golf and fishing, and no responsibility, Ilse is not so sure.
“I think he'll be bored,” she said, “because that was Rob's life.
“If anything happens he'll be there,” she said, “I know he will.”
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