Wauchope Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Club unveils lifeguard silhouette honouring Simon Stennett

FITTING TRIBUTE: Wauchope Bonny Hills Surf Lifesaving Club life member Wayne Gill with Jo and Brian Stennett and the memorial to their son Simon Stennett who died suddenly three years ago, aged just 34.

FITTING TRIBUTE: Wauchope Bonny Hills Surf Lifesaving Club life member Wayne Gill with Jo and Brian Stennett and the memorial to their son Simon Stennett who died suddenly three years ago, aged just 34.

The Wauchope Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Club has unveiled a lifeguard silhouette in honour of club member Simon Stennett.

The boat rower and former club executive member died suddenly aged just 34 years in October 2016. A service was held at Rainbow Beach in his honour earlier this month.

President Ian Ian Latham said the club wanted to recognise the contribution of club members for their many voluntary hours to ensure the safety of the beach-going public at Rainbow Beach.

"These members also contribute to the life and vitality of our club by competing in boats and other surf sports events," he said.

"On behalf of the members of the Wauchope Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Club, I would like to thank Simon's parents Brian and Jo and the Stennett family for the gift of this lifeguard silhouette which is in memory of their son and much-loved friend, mate and member of our club.

Simon joined the club in 1998 and earned his bronze medallion the following year. He went on to hold many positions within the club, including club captain, patrol captain, boat captain and treasurer as well as being a patrolling member, and a member of some North Coast champion teams.

Club members remember Simon as a dedicated, honest and reliable mate, friend, crewman and club member, Latham said.

His best attributes were his willingness to get the job done and a desire to help out across all club areas.

"Every time an event was on at the club, he would be doing something. He was just there and never let you down, and he had a great sense of humour, and a wicked laugh."