Capt Rys Herzig at a Remembrance Day service in Woolgoolga in 2011.
Capt Rys Herzig at a Remembrance Day service in Woolgoolga in 2011. Trevor Veale

Late Coffs Harbour Scout leader will be missed

A MAN who spent his life helping young people become better adults is being remembered for his contribution to the community.

Rys Herzig died on March 6 aged 59.

He will be farewelled at 11.30am Saturday at the Hogbin Drive Crematorium.

Mr Herzig is being remembered particularly for his involvement with the Scouting movement and the 27 Army Cadet unit.

His membership of the Scouts spanned 47 years, beginning at 1st Lalor Scouts in 1966 and including most of the past decade as the leader of the 1st Sawtell Scout Group.

Mr Herzig touched the highest levels of the Scouting movement, volunteering as a Commissioner for the last 16 years while still leading a local group, taking them canoeing, camping and teaching advanced Scout craft.

He was a leader in all facets of the movement, finally settling in as deputy regional commissioner for North Coast, a nationally accredited trainer, and as group leader for his much-loved 1st Sawtell Scout Group.

Mr Herzig not only took charge of local youth but was an excellent leader of adults too, where locally he inspired an amazingly strong parent network of helpers to form a family-like community, where stepping up was a rewarding experience.

His involvement in army cadets will also be missed.

Captain (AAC) Herzig joined the cadet family at 27ACU nine years ago where he performed the roles of administration officer and assistant training officer before taking on command of the unit in 2006.

He will be best-remembered for being instrumental in planning a trip to Europe for members of the unit in 2006.

He completed the unit's tour by leading them in his usual spirit and completing a 160km march over four days through the Netherlands.



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