'He'll be missed': Firefighters' touching tribute to mate
A SUNSHINE Coast man who served in the Rural Fire Service for 30 years is being remembered as a mate you knew had your back.
Valued member of the Bli Bli and District Rural Fire Brigade Warren Stockley died peacefully early last month, aged 70.
The firefighter joined the RFS in 1989 and saw the Mudjimba Bush Brigade become the Riverlands Brigade, and eventually the Bli Bli and District Rural Fire Brigade during his long life of service.
First officer Todd Filmer knew Warren for five years and said you could always count on him out in the field.
"You wouldn't have gotten much better than a person like Warren,” Mr Filmer said.
"You could be in the worst of situations, and he's the one you would want next to you.”
Warren often took on the role as mentor to the younger men in the brigade, Mr Filmer said.
"He was always there to help the younger guys, no matter what,” he said.
"You could ask him anything and he wouldn't look down on you, he always listened and gave great advice.”
Warren served as treasurer of the brigade for a number of years and also maintained the gardens and lawn at the station for the past six years.
Mr Filmer said he would be missed dearly by all.
"He was a piece of furniture basically because he was always just here,” he said.
"He was always laughing. Every time he came in, he had a smile on his face.
"He'll be remembered very positively. There will constantly be stories about him here.”
Long-time friend Kevin Guyer met Warren firefighting more than two decades ago and shared the same sentiments.
"You have to trust your mate when you're on the job, and he was the one you wanted to have your back,” he said.
"He was very witty and strong-minded. He did a lot for our brigade, and he'll be missed in a lot of ways.”
Warren was laid to rest at the Kulangoor Lawn Cemetery on May 21, with multiple members of the brigade in attendance.
Former first officer Nigel Kemp delivered a eulogy of Warren's time at the RFS, and all members participated in an honour guard for Warren's coffin.