Lismore farewells former mayor
By Dave Kirkpatrick
TWO Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopters helped guide the way for former Lismore mayor Harold Fredericks, whose funeral was held yesterday.
The helicopters swooped low over St Andrew's Anglican Church three times as Mr Fredericks' coffin, draped in the Australian flag, was guided to the waiting hearse.
Three key parts of his public life were also on prominent display as police, rescue helicopter staff and war veterans formed a guard of honour outside the church.
It was a fitting tribute to a man who had given so much to each of these institutions as a member of the famous 'Z Force' during World War II, in his 36 years as a distinguished police officer, and as one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the rescue helicopter service in Lismore.
Mr Fredericks' public service continued after he retired from the police force in 1982. He was elected to the Lismore City Council in 1983 and became mayor of the city in 1987 at the age of 64.
Family friend and funeral celebrant Nora Vidler delivered the main eulogy at yesterday's service recalling how he had been nicknamed the 'Black Prince'.
"Harold Fredericks was always presentable in his appearance, much like the handsome leading men in films during that time," she said.
"In fact, he was so impeccable, and, being a perfectionist in most matters, Harold, known as the 'Black Prince' sometimes would hear his arrival announced by workmates with the whisper 'the Prince is coming' which would result in other officers quickly shining their boots and buttoning up their uniforms."
Mr Fredericks is survived by his wife Colleen, daughters Robyn and Gail, and his two sons, Peter and Paul.