Lyle Burgoyne
Lyle Burgoyne Lyle

Murwillumbah man remembered for his faith and family

MURWILLUMBAH midwife and husband and father of four Lyle Burgoyne used every ounce of his time and strength for the betterment of others, mourners heard at his memorial service this month.

"Lyle will be remembered as being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged and sympathetic with the striving," said cousin June Moulds, who presented his eulogy.

Lyle served as a midwife for 35 years, 30 of which were spent at Murwillumbah Hospital.

He was renowned for his special way with children, especially babies of which there were few that he could not calm.

Lyle Burgoyne
Lyle Burgoyne Lyle

He had a strong Christian faith and also a love of nature, which he believed expressed God's greatness in the smallest creature or mightiest landscape.

Lyle the son of Jack and Ivy, was born in Warburton, Victoria on November 5, 1954.

In 1965, at the age of 11, Lyle, his parents and three younger siblings, moved to Murwillumbah.

To his four children, Lyle is remembered as a wonderful father who was full of life and fun.

Sarah remembers his love of Irish music, especially The Fureys.

Cam remembers his love of gardening. Hannah his not-so-awesome "dad jokes".

Joe remembers being dressed up to the nines with Lyle and wife Jenny to go out for dinner, and then being subjected to detailed descriptions of the gory details of midwifery.

Jenny remembers Lyle as a loving, romantic and caring suitor.

But Norm, Jenny's dad, remembers things a little differently.

He remembers Lyle and Jenny as being very affectionate to the point where he would often remark, "Bloody hell! Whenever you walk around the corner, there they are entwined ... they're a pair of slippery eels".

He was willing to help anyone with anything. Problems with kids? Health? Cars? Computers? Just call Lyle!

Lyle was always working or fixing something around the house - from flower arranging to cooking, to carpentry to mechanics, there was little he couldn't do.

He was willing to help anyone with anything. Problems with kids? Health? Cars? Computers? Just call Lyle!

Lyle was also a motorbike enthusiast. In fact, he had such an uncanny affinity with these machines, that he was even able to crash a 90cc Honda ex-postie bike into a cane ditch.

He continued this affinity with machinery, or lack thereof, when in the 80s he had a run in with a tractor in Uki.

It took Lyle many months to recover from a smashed leg, pelvis and hip.

Lyle and Jenny made a huge decision in 1995 to move to the extremely isolated Pitcairn Island where Lyle served in the role of medical officer and midwife, with Jenny also providing medical support, for the next two years.

This call to service was again felt in 2003 when Pitcairn was in desperate need of medics and a pastor, at which time Lyle and family returned there for 18 months.

In 2008, Lyle's spirit for service extended even further afield when he travelled to Kenya in order to assist at Nakura Orphanage.

Since then, twice a year, Lyle has visited Kenya for several weeks.

After seeing the larger need for health care in the area, in 2010 Lyle founded Kenya Health, which provides free medical care and supplies to locals, with clinics in the slums.

During a trip in July this year, after feeling unwell, Lyle discovered his cancer had returned.

He was still planning another trip to Kenya this month, but it was not to be.

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