Remembering the Good Times

Yesterday was a day of mixed emotions. I was attending the funeral of one of my former soldiers. It was a day of remembering the good times and also farewelling a friend. Back in my first command role I meet LCPL John “Rocky” Helliar. Back in those days I was living a few hours away and hence spent a fair amount of time at the barracks in Holsworthy. Rocky was in a similar position and hence spent a fair amount of time at the barracks also.

Back in the day we used to sit on the verandah after work and talk over a drink or two…. Talking about work, life and who knows what… Yesterday was a time to remember the good times. And also the good life that Rocky had led. He had three passions in life Family, Army and Rural Fire Service. After listening to the tributes yesterday, it became very clear to me that the Rocky I saw at army was the Rocky that everyone saw.

The stories from family members, the stories from friends, the stories from the Rural Fire Service and the stories from Army all said that Rocky was always there when you needed him. It did not matter whether it was saving Merimbula from fires or playing with the children in the extended family or serving with the Army supporting Aboriginal communities, Rocky was there. It was good to remember the Good Times.

Rest in Peace….

About Attila Ovari

Attila Ovari is an Entrepreneur that loves life and is passionate about adventure. Attila Ovari writes, speaks and coaches to inspire others to better themselves through following their passions and chasing their dreams. He has developed his passions of inspiration, leadership and strategy into strengths through his businesses and community pursuits.

Posted on Saturday, 12 Jul 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. You can definitely see your enthusiasm in the work you write.
    The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe.
    Always go after your heart.

  2. Beautifully written! I am sure Rocky was fortunate to have a friend like you, who thought so well of him.
    RIP.

  3. A lovely tribute to one who served under you. My condolences to you and everyone who loved Rocky.
    Diana

  4. It is a great legacy to leave behind a consistent reputation. I am sorry for your loss.

  5. It’s good that your memories of him are good.

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