Farewelling a friend

Friends and family of Rodney Willis gathered to remember him.
Friends and family of Rodney Willis gathered to remember him.

Over 200 people gathered to celebrate the life of Rodney Willis at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Wagga last week.

Mr Willis was an integral part of The Rock community and will be sorely missed by friends, family and other members of the community. 

He had a strong involvement in the community being a member of The Rock and District Men’s Shed, a church organist, a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, and an active member of the Emily Centre Friendship Group.

Following Mr Willis’ tragic death, Angela Syme, 25 and her partner Taina David Syme, 23 were both arrested and charged with murder.  They are currently in custody. 

The circumstances surrounding Mr Willis’ death are not typical of a small country town which is what lead Sergeant Matthew Couldrey from The Rock police station to organise a “Community Healing Day” at The Rock. 

Sgt Couldrey had been approached by those closest to Mr Willis who told him they were not coping and he recognised the need to get support for the community.

A counselling service was organised at The Rock on Wednesday April 30 with all members of the community who were struggling with the loss of Mr Willis encouraged to attend.