Former newsreader dies, aged 65
BOARD members and staff of Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter are in mourning following the passing of one of the service's directors, Ron Lawrence. Mr Lawrence, aged 65, died at his Coffs Harbour home on Saturday night. A former television news presenter, journalist and manager of TEN Television in Coffs Harbour, Ron Lawrence was the driving force behind the sponsorship arrangements that existed between the rescue helicopter service and Channel 10 in the late '80s and early '90s. Westpac Life Saver chairman Warren Tozer yesterday paid tribute to Ron, who had been a director with the service since May 2003. "Our thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences are extended to Ron's wife, Jennifer, and his children, Scott and Chris, on their tragic loss," Mr Tozer said. "Ron was a true champion for the rescue helicopter service, and he will be sorely missed. "Ron had a burning desire to see the service flourish in the Coffs region, and his passion and commitment helped to raise awareness of Westpac Life Saver in the region. "We have Ron to thank for the inroads made in sponsorship support when the service was young."