Air Force Assn honour to former padre

A PLAQUE will be unveiled at the Air Force Association’s memorial at the Port Macquarie Airport on Sunday morning in honour of the late Rev Roger Bush.

The unveiling of the plaque is joint recognition by the Port Macquarie Air Force Association and members of the Bush family – wife Glenys, son Peter and daughter Lesley.

The president of the Air Force Association, Mr John Edwards, said Roger Bush had been honorary padre of the association until his death about 18 months ago.

“Together with his family we have decided to recognise Mr Bush by placing a plaque on our airport memorial in honour of him,” Mr Edwards said.

Roger Bush’s son Peter will deliver the address, and a grand-daughter will play one of his favourites tunes on the violin as part of the ceremony.

Roger Bush was born in England in 1918 and moved to Australia a year later.

He was the oldest of two brothers and a sister.

He grew up in Sydney.

He met his wife-to-be in Norfolk during World War 2 while serving with the RAAF.

They were married and returned to Sydney.

He worked for BHP for some time before announcing his intention to become a Methodist minister.

He pioneered talkback radio and his unique style of Christianity over the airwaves endeared him to his countless numbers of people.

In addition, he wrote for a Sydney newspaper for 12 years.

Roger Bush initiated the annual Christmas festivities at the Opera House.

He also authored about a dozen books.

He retired at the age of 71 and came to the Port Macquarie area to reside.

His community service was such that he was recognised with an OBE.

Mr Edwards said he hoped Port Macquarie residents would pay their respects to the late Mr Bush by attending the 10.30am service at the airport memorial on Sunday.

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