Coastguard stalwart laid to rest
By ADRIAN MILLER
A FOUNDING member of the Iluka-Yamba Coastguard was laid to rest yesterday with a simple ceremony at the mouth of the Clarence River.
Gus Kreffer and his wife Gar had their ashes scattered in the river, not far from the coastguard building Gus was instrumental in building.
The couple's daughter Jenny Pirini said they had loved Iluka.
"Dad was a life member of the coastguard, he started it off in Iluka and they both wanted their ashes to be scattered rather than buried," she said.
Mr Kreffer was a life member of the coastguard and had been a member since its inception in 1983. The coastguard boat based in Yamba is named in his honour.
"They loved it here in Iluka and they always loved the fishing and all the things that we used to do here," Mrs Pirini said.
"They lived here for 32 years but they've been coming for holidays here ever since I was young when we lived in Grafton."
Mr Kreffer died last November aged 89, while Mrs Kreffer passed away in February this year aged 91.