A relaxed and happy service at Holy Trinity Anglican Church farewelled honorary priest and well-known local agricultural expert Fred Sugden.
Fred's life was centred around his family, work and his religious faith. He began studying theology after leaving school but put his studies on hold and commenced a journalism cadetship with the Newcastle Sun. Fred continued studying theology and retirement gave him the opportunity to be ordained as a priest in 1995.
"Fred's contribution to the parish will be greatly missed. His loyalty and pastoral care to the community was second to none." Said Canon Frank Hetherington.
Fred became the voice of of agriculture on regional radio and a familiar face on regional television with the catch cry "News from the Central Western agricultural region," Fred Sugden reporting.
"Fred was with the Department of Agriculture for over 30 years and worked in Dubbo, Cowra, Sydney and Orange." Said former workmate Tom Braz. "He had a very approachable and agreeable style and his radio show on 2PK was very popular."
Kinross Wolaroi School played an important role in the life of Fred who was sent there as a child and lived with the principal, the Reverend Doug Trathen and his family, after Fred's grandmother died. At Fred's request an ensemble of students from KWS played 'Oh When the Saints Come Marching In' at the end of the service.
Fred's first priority was always his family and friends. He was always there to support his sons, eight grandchildren and help in everything they did and maintained the friendships he had made throughout his life.