Judo master loved help­ing com­mu­nity

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - OBIT­U­ARY Bill Van Den Berg Died Oc­to­ber 10, 2017 aged 80 David Sal­vaire

Bill Van Den Berg has been re­mem­bered as a self­less lar­rikin who ded­i­cated his life to help­ing the peo­ple of Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana.

The for­mi­da­ble judo coach poured count­less hours into pro­grams for adults and chil­dren, in­clud­ing at-risk youth through the Rock­ing­ham PCYC, where he was a life mem­ber and was al­ways will­ing to give from his own pocket. He had a knack for get­ting lo­cal busi­nesses to help out and was a re­lent­less fundraiser for his stu­dents’ trips, with lam­ing­ton sales that of­ten ended in a food fight.

Bill mi­grated to Aus­tralia from the Netherlands aged 16 af­ter World War II and worked as a painter with BHP, be­fore tak­ing a job at the City of Kwinana.

Re­mem­bered fondly as a sports lover, he was a black belt in karate and was so suc­cess­ful in judo that no one in Aus­tralia was ranked high enough to grade him. Bill’s best friend of more than 30 years, Den­nis Bux­ton, said his sense of hu­mour and loy­alty were char­ac­ter­is­tics that changed many peo­ple’s lives.

“There was never a dull mo­ment with Bill,” he said.

“He had the love and re­spect of so many peo­ple in the com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially young peo­ple.”

Bill is sur­vived by his wife, Joyce, and three chil­dren — Richard, Bar­bara and Al­bert (Alby).

Bill Van Den Berg (back row, sec­ond from right) has been re­mem­bered as a lov­able lar­rikin.

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