Frederick John ‘John’ FAIRCLOTH O.A.M. C.V. was born on 06-07-1934 passed away on 19-01-2017.
The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, 27th January, 2017 at 10:00 am at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Barolin Street, Bundaberg
(Frederick) John Faircloth O.A.M. C.V.
Frederick John Faircloth, known as John, was born in Bundaberg on July 6, 1934. He was educated at the Christian Brother's High School and served his apprenticeship as a Bricklayer.
In 1958 he married Patricia Julie Strathdee and they had three children – Ian, Jill and Rachael. Rachael was a SIDS baby and died in 1972 and Ian passed away in 1993. Jill is married and has two sons, Sam and James.
In 1945 John joined the Scouting Movement and later became Scout Master, Group Scout Master then District Commissioner for seven years.
in 1951 he became an Honorary Ambulance Officer with the Bundaberg Q.A.T.B. and in 1963 was appointed full time and became a Senior Ambulance Officer in 1972, Station Officer in 1976 and Deputy Superintendent in 1982. He took an active part in forming the Bundaberg Arial Ambulance Service and was a qualified Air Attendant. He was the Promoter of the Ambulance "Big Bingo" for 20 years and raised over one million dollars.
John was very interested in the Surf Lifesaving Movement, serving 12 years as Club Secretary and 23 years as President of the Moore Park Surf Lifesaving Club. He conducted an Australian wide Art Union over several years which funded the new clubhouse at Moore Park.
In 1964 John was elected an Alderman on the Bundaberg City Council serving as Deputy Mayor for 10 years, Chairman for 27 years and retired in 2007 after having served for a record 42 years in Local Government.
John was also the Council representative on the Bundaberg Fire Brigade Board for 21 years.
In 1967 Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Maryborough City Councils formed a Board to promote Tourism in the area and John was appointed the first Secretary / Treasurer. This Board ceased to exist after Bundaberg formed the Bundaberg & District Tourism and Development board on which John served for 30 years.
He was very active in forming the Bundaberg & District Air Sea Rescue Squad and was their Treasurer. He was awarded Life membership of the Squad.
John was Chairman of the Bundaberg Sugar Festival, later changed to the Bundaberg Harvest Festival and later Chaired the Combined Lions Festival Committee. He also served for 6 years as Deputy Chairman of the Wide Bay Burnett Electricity Board. He was Patron of the Bundaberg Rugby League for 25 years.
He assisted the Rum City Silver Band and produced their Newsletter each month. He was their Patron for many years.
In 1973 he joined the Lions Club of Bundaberg Hinkler Inc and served in most positions including President on two occasions, Secretary and Treasurer on seven occasions. He has served on Cabinet over many years and was District Governor in 2005/2006.
He was President of the Western Suburbs League's Club for 8 years and had retired as Chairman of the Bundaberg Regional Hospital Foundation.
In the Queens New Years Honors List, John was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (O.A.M.) in 1993 for service to Local Government, Lions and the Community.