Vale Brian Girling 14.01.2022

It is with great sadness that Lysterfield sailing club passes on our condolences to Brian Girling’s family upon news of his death.

Brian was a much loved life member of Lysterfield sailing club. As one of Lysterfield’s earliest members Brian had been actively involved with the club since it’s beginning, only recently slowing down. Brian’s contribution to Lysterfield Sailing Club throughout his life was enormous and the news of Brian’s death has saddened us all.

Brian came to Lysterfield sailing a Heron, before taking a keen interest in club administration and sailing programs for others that saw his focus sharpen to off the water activities designed to help others enjoy sailing as much as he did.

During Brian’s time with Lysterfield, he had served as Commodore, secretary as well as many other committee roles before moving in later life into the position of Sailability Coordinator. This may perhaps be where Brian was most passionate and he excelled in bringing accessible sailing to all people regardless of any constaints. Brian was honored for this work with a nomination in 2021 for the Australian Sailing Volunteer of the year award, where he reached the final three candidates.

The club extends their deepest sympathies to Brian’s family and sends its best wishes during this time.

Brian will be missed at Lysterfield Sailing Club.