Volunteer from Sydney to Beachmere
Born: 14 September 1928
Died: 18 December 2017
William Alfred Rumph was born in Croyden, Sydney on 14 September 1927 to George and Daphne Rumph. He attended Concord West School with his brother Norm and sister Gloria.
Bill joined the scouting movement at 8 years old and began what became a lifelong voluntary career. Moving through all levels from local, district, state and national roles including National Leader Trainer. From 1963 to 1978 he was the Assistant Training Commissioner for NSW. On Bill’s relocation to Broken Hill for work he became the Assistant Area Commissioner (Special Duties) in the Golden West area from 1983 to 1985. Bill was recognised for his service in 1985 and was awarded the Medal of Merit after 50 years of service.
Bill worked in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide with companies including CC Engineering, Upjohn Pharmaceuticals, Keith Bray, Genie Headers and the University of NSW.
Whilst living in Broken Hill Bill, and later when he moved to Adelaide, Bill began breeding and showing German Shepherd dogs. One of those dogs, Wilanjee Georgia Girl, became an Australian Tri Champion and went on to become the first Shepherd to join Tracking and Rescue for the South Australian Police Force and State Emergency Service.
Bill had a lifelong passion for sport including tennis, push bike racing, rugby and soccer which he both played and umpired for many years. Later Bill took up lawn bowls and became President of the Beachmere Bowls Club for several years and was also President, Selector and an umpire for the Caboolture District.
Bill was also a keen fisherman and enjoyed fishing from Sydney Harbour to Menindee Lakes and Murray Darling Rivers, waters off Adelaide and the north Queensland coast as well as in Moreton Bay. This combined with his love of travelling and caravanning from Longreach to Camerons Corner and all places in between.
Bill enjoyed opera, classical, country and western music and was a keen tenor in the Beachmere Uniting Church choir
Bill is survived by his wife Lorraine and sons Neil, Chris, Graham, Peter and Paul and daughters Annette and Melissa as well as 18 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Bill was farewelled at a service at Beachmere Uniting Church on Friday, 22 December attended by family, friends, members of the Church and bowlers from the Beachmere and Moreton Bay district.
Handsome Billy in his younger years with his loyal dog