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Donald Ritchie OAM, 1926-2012
The National Australia Day Council is saddened by the news of the passing of Australia’s Local Hero 2011, Donald Ritchie.
From his home near the infamous Gap in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, Don kept watch for more than 50 years, saving countless lives by offering a friendly face and kind words to those who were going through the very worst times of their lives.
“Don’s story touched the hearts of all Australians and challenged each of us to rethink what it means to be a good neighbour,” Acting CEO of the National Australia Day Council, Tam Johnston, said.
“Don was a true gentleman with a smile that could light up the room. He and his wife Moya were an extraordinary team whose kindness and practical support were felt by many.
“Our thoughts are with Moya, their children and grandchildren as they farewell this wonderful man.”