Four decades of ser­vice hon­oured

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph Inspiring Residents - Ai­den Boy­ham

Not many of us last 40 years in the same job, let alone in the same in­dus­try, but for re­cently re­tired Royal Aus­tralian Navy war­rant of­fi­cer John Scarfe, June 30 marked a fine day in a dis­tin­guished ca­reer.

Dur­ing a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion at HMAS Stir­ling, Mr Scarfe was pre­sented with the Fed­er­a­tion Star for 40 years of ser­vice to his coun­try.

Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer HMAS Stir­ling Capt. Brian De­la­m­ont made the pre­sen­ta­tion to Mr Scarfe in front of a clear lower deck, with the re­tir­ing war­rant of­fi­cer also re­ceiv­ing a farewell gift from Lieu­tenant-Com­man­der Mark Janiszewski. It was a fit­ting farewell for a much re­spected and ad­mired char­ac­ter, whose ca­reer in the navy be­gan at age 16.

Hav­ing called Rock­ing­ham home for more than 20 years, Mr Scarfe told the Tele­graph his jour­ney into the defence force be­gan when the ADF’s trav­el­ling road­show rolled through his home town of Finely in New South Wales.

In a ca­reer that took him all over the world, Mr Scarfe said he had served on five of the six guided mis­sile frigates in the RAN and made it a key fo­cus to help com­mu­ni­ties any­where he could.

“I’ve al­ways en­joyed tak­ing mem­bers from the ship and go­ing out into the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“I never had an is­sue get­ting vol­un­teers to go out to dif­fer­ent places and help as a work­ing party — go­ing out and re­build­ing or­phan­ages right through In­dia, Cam­bo­dia and the Philip­pines — quite of­ten there were too many vol­un­teers.”

In the late 1980s, Mr Scarfe even had the chance to share a cup of tea with the Prince of Wales Prince Charles while on de­ploy­ment in the UK.

Mr Scarfe said his in­ten­tion was to help the lo­cal com­mu­nity where and when­ever he could, hav­ing de­vel­oped a soft spot for help­ing out with Mal­ibu School in par­tic­u­lar.

“I’ll never re­tire to put my feet up; I’d like to try and help more in the com­mu­nity in dif­fer­ent ar­eas,” he said.

In ad­di­tion to help­ing the com­mu­nity, he said he was look­ing for­ward to tak­ing some time to travel with wife Kim.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to grand­chil­dren and trav­el­ling to­gether with my wife and do­ing the things we haven’t been able to do while I was in the navy,” he said.

A keen handy­man with a pas­sion for wood­work, Mr Scarfe has al­ready put his skills to use, build­ing a new hon­our board for the Rock­ing­ham RSL just days into re­tire­ment.

Pic­ture: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko

John Scarfe sits on his farewell gift, given to him on be­half of the Fleet Sup­port Unit-West in front of a clear lower deck on HMAS Stir­ling.

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