38 thoughts on “Rod Lingard (Rodney Bryce)”

  1. Maxine Flakemore

    Remembering a wonderful friend and great op shop helper at Bellbrae.
    A true gentleman.
    Rest in peace

  2. Rod’s quiet presence at gatherings is what I remember most; that and the most amazing conversations when we chatted one on one.
    Vale Rod.
    What a truly lovely man of family.

  3. Farewell to a great friend of the Leslie family.
    Rod was a gifted leader, a kind and thoughtful man, and a lot of fun.
    We are grateful for his profound impact on our lives.
    Deepest sympathies to all the Lingards

  4. It was a privilege to have Rod’s presence in our lives over many decades.
    Our Summer bushwalking trips led by Rod were always a highlight.
    He was a true bushman, a wonderful storyteller and a loving family man.
    There will never be another Rod.
    Sympathy to his family.

  5. Remembering all the good times with Rod during our bushwalking and mountaineering courses.
    He was an inspiration to many of us.
    My thoughts and condolences are with the family at this sad time.

  6. Thankyou Rod, for introducing my wife and I to bushwalking through a Dept. of Youth, Sport & Recreation course in 1980, thus giving us many hours and days of pleasure in the bush.

  7. Peter R A Gray

    Rod was an active member of Rostrum Club No 3 when I joined in 1968 and for many years after that.
    I valued his friendship and admired his leadership.
    He shared his wisdom with me not only in the context of public speaking, but also while cross-country skiing.
    It is sad to lose such a fine person.

  8. We will really miss Rod who was a lovely kind gentleman.
    We met Rod & family at the 150 year celebration of the Netherby ship on King Island in 2016.
    Also meet more of the family at Bellbrae later on.
    Much love your long lost cousins Rick & Jackie & extended Field family.

  9. Leonie Sonnberger

    I remember many fun times with Rod, learning to cross country ski, camping, building woodsheds at Howqua and running up the road trying to keep up with him as he strode along.
    A wonderful man with such a wealth of knowledge and a love of life.

  10. Rod, you will be sadly missed.
    You were one of life’s true gentlemen and stalwart of Victoria’s bushwalking community.
    Fare thee well…

  11. An inspiration in my bushwalking leadership years in 1970s and 80s.
    Will be fondly remembered by very many.
    Thanks to the family for sharing him over the years.

  12. Sally Hutchison

    Rod, thank you for inspiring me to attend Rostrum, and teaching me and the many other bush walkers and cross country skiers so much about life, the outdoors and leadership.
    Your memory will continue to walk with us.
    Thinking of your family at this sad time and sending them my sympathies.
    May you rest in peace after a life well lived!

  13. Rodney we never met , but feel we know you a little through your son Pete… with his love of nature, music and friendship he shares your enduring worth with us.

  14. Robyn Rattray-Wood

    On behalf of the Victorian Malleefowl Recovery Group I would like to extend our condolences to Michele and Warren and family on the death of Rod.
    Rod monitored Malleefowl nests for 8 years, as part of the monitoring team from the Bellbrae/Torquay area.
    He regularly attended VMRG Training Weekend and Reporting meetings and is remembered as a person of energy and wit.
    He will be sadly missed at our gatherings.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Robyn Rattray-Wood,
    President, VMRG

  15. John and Noela Olsen

    How wonderful to have known you Rod.
    We loved to share your knowledge and love of the outdoors on our Malleefowling trips and always enjoyed your wit and humanity.
    We have also enjoyed being your younger friends.
    Thanks for everything
    Torquay/Bellbrae Mafia.

  16. Lucy Maclaren

    Rod Lingard will always be remembered fondly by the Maclaren family as a great friend and bushwalking leader.
    Our thoughts are with the Lingard family.

  17. Neville Byrne (reposted from Age 1st April tributes))

    A great man with strength and integrity who was responsible for literally hundreds of community leaders gaining the skills and confidence to safely take others into potentially hazards outdoor environments and bring them back enthused about the natural environment.

  18. Farewell to a great neighbour and fascinating story teller.
    Each year he would captivate my 17 yo students with his amazing past outdoor adventures.
    Rod certainly lived a full life!

  19. I first met Rod through the BMLC in 1970’s.
    I will always remember him singing as we sat around a campfire in the bush.
    In the last few years I used to occasionally meet Rod as he walked in Deep Creek in Torquay.
    I will miss him.
    He was a great leader and a wonderful human being.

  20. Steve and Sharon Barnes

    We will always cherish our memories of Rod and the wonderful conversations we shared about our love of nature, old photographs, the great outdoors and the love of family. We will especially cherish the laughs we shared together last Christmas day.
    We will miss you Rod, rest in peace.

  21. GWENDA and IAN BISSETT

    We are honoured to have counted Rod our friend for over 60 years.
    We shared countless happy memories of bushwalking and outback trips.
    Deepest sympathy to the loving family he nurtured with Bev by his side.

  22. Rosemary Thompson

    We thoroughly enjoyed having Rod’s company on our Malleefowl monitoring excursions and loved hearing his stories.
    He was knowledgeable and passionate about the Mallee area and bushcraft in general.
    We missed him when he was unable to join us in the last few years but we still enjoyed his company over afternoon tea back home.
    He was a true gentleman and it was an honour to know him.
    Rosemary Thompson, Marg & Greg Davis.

  23. I knew Rod through BMLC.
    He made a significant contribution to increasing bushwalking leadership standards and educating leaders.
    The standards and leaders remain, with his values passed on to new generations.
    Vale Rod.

  24. Melissa Tinney

    Farewell to our cherished Uncle Rod, thank you for all the inspiration, wisdom, lessons in photography and bushwalking and possum jumper hugs.
    Our extended family will have an empty space and Rod will be greatly missed and remembered.

  25. Struan Little

    Rod’s adventurous spirit and love for the Australian bush touched the lives of all who knew him.
    He was a mentor, a guide, and a friend to many.
    His warmth, humour, and generosity endeared him to all who crossed his path.
    I have many happy memories with Rod, whether it be bush walking, xc-skiing, or at his home in Melbourne.
    Goodbye Rod, the master bush walker.
    You will be sorely missed by many.
    Sympathies to the extended Lingard family.

  26. Chris Hellerud

    My deepest condolences to Rod’s family.
    It has been a great privileged and pleasure to have shared outdoors activities with Rod.
    Knowing him has enriched my life
    Chris Hellerud

  27. I carry with me many treasured memories of time shared with Rod, both in committees and in the field, during my years of involvement with the BMLCC.
    He was a strong and wise mentor and friend, from whom I learned a great deal that helped me to be better in the many roles I undertook.
    Rod and Bev were caring friends to Pam and me for many years, and we especially valued shared times in Torquay.

  28. Trevor Mildenhall

    I worked with Rod at Department of Sport and Recreation and knew him as a strong advocate for the outdoors within the Department and always championing those involved in outdoor leadership.
    I found him to be a thorough gentleman and great to work with.
    Vale Rod.

  29. We have heard stories that Pete shared with us about his Dad on many family bushwalking adventures.
    There were stories and songs shared around the camp fire and ,together with Bev, Rod encouraged a love of nature, music and celebration of life which is ongoingly expressed by his wonderful progeny.
    Rod will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
    He was kind, strong and inspiring.
    A wonderful man.

  30. Greg Paul. Senior Sergeant Police Search and Rescue Squad

    It will never be known how many outdoor recreation incidents have been avoided due to the quality leadership development programs that were under Rods guidance.

    Rod was a leader of leaders. He harnessed a great team of people, while being respected and liked by many.

    On behalf of the Police Search and Rescue Squad, and our partner emergency services, we appreciate Rods legacy, which has been the enhancement of good leadership and decisions during organised bushwalking, ski touring and outdoor recreation activities in general.

    Indirectly, Rod Lingard has saved many lives, avoiding loss and suffering for so many families. He will continue to save lives well after his passing.

    Our condolences to Rods family and friends.

  31. Ralph Patford

    I met Rod just over ten years ago and recognised at once that he was a true gentleman.
    I envy those who knew him longer.
    Condolences to his family and friends.

  32. Rod and my father were close friends and fellow bushwalkers during their formative years around 1950.
    Rod has been an occasional but no less notable person all my life, least of which was the source of my name!
    Wise, gentle & positive, he was also father of my one-time golfing buddy, Pete.
    I greatly admired Rod and will miss the stories he recounted from those early days with my father.
    My love and thoughts are with Michele, Steve, Pete, and their families today.

  33. Maria and Michel Demange

    Thinking of your family today and your final farewell.
    Our thoughts are with you on the loss of your beloved dad.
    Love from Demange family.

  34. Rod was considered, informed but unassuming.
    As a companion in the outdoors he was observant and great company.
    As a colleague, Rod was supportive and a person of integrity.
    Those venturing into the outdoors are undoubtably the beneficiaries of Rod’s commitment to the training of teachers and community leaders in outdoor recreation safety.
    Vale Rod.

  35. Vanessa Reynolds

    My outdoor life was immensely richer for knowing Rod.
    He was always kind, caring & supportive.
    His contributions to the Handbook Committee I chaired were thoughtful, informed & given with grace, clarity, & when needed, humour.
    My time on the BMTAB Board, & the BMLC Course Committee, was enhanced by Rod’s presence & support.
    He was a fine friend indeed.

  36. Jim & Edie Barton

    It was very special to sit and listen to the loving tributes to such a special man as Rod. We were always impressed with his compassion and integrity and it has been our privilege to have been called his friends. We always admired his strong sense of social justice for the
    less fortunate.

  37. Mrs Christina Sobey

    Rod was my mentor (BMLC) in the early 1990’s.
    I was an older participant, married with 3 young children, and Rod was just so kind and helpful to me. Never forgotten.
    My own husband died last year aged 93. It’s so sad when these great men have to go. Be sad, be proud. I’m sorry I missed catching up with him.

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Rod Lingard (Rodney Bryce)

15.07.1932 – 01.04.2024

Our Dad walked this earth with grace, kindness and humility.
Leaving a chasm, yet mountains of love.

Much loved Dad, Gpa, Great Gpa, and soulmate to Bev (dec. 2006).

A nurturer of family, extended family and friends, advocate of social justice, lover of nature, a man of books, maps, history/genealogy.

Farewell Celebration

Service Date: Monday - 15th April, 2024

Service Time: 1.30pm

Service Address:

Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club
Clubhouse Road, Jan Juc

Parking is limited – please allow time to arrive / park / walk to the Clubhouse.

Service Location: View Map

Service Stream: View Live Stream

Service Address:

Feed Me Surfcoast

If you wish to leave a donation in lieu of flowers, Rod’s family would welcome these to be directed to “Feed Me Surfcoast” in support of all the incredible work that they do in the Surfcoast & Geelong Areas.
Rod has had a great interest in “Feed me Surfcoast” and valued highly the work that they do and the huge volunteer community who keep it running so successfully.
Warren is a regular ‘Feed Me’ volunteer and the ‘Feed Me” team are providing our afternoon tea for our celebration of Rod’s life.

Please check out this link for info about “Feed Me Surfcoast”

Please use this link to make an online donation
Feed Me Surfcoast – Project Kitchen – PROJECT KITCHEN

FeedMe - Project Kitchen

38 thoughts on “Rod Lingard (Rodney Bryce)”

  1. Maxine Flakemore

    Remembering a wonderful friend and great op shop helper at Bellbrae.
    A true gentleman.
    Rest in peace

  2. Rod’s quiet presence at gatherings is what I remember most; that and the most amazing conversations when we chatted one on one.
    Vale Rod.
    What a truly lovely man of family.

  3. Farewell to a great friend of the Leslie family.
    Rod was a gifted leader, a kind and thoughtful man, and a lot of fun.
    We are grateful for his profound impact on our lives.
    Deepest sympathies to all the Lingards

  4. It was a privilege to have Rod’s presence in our lives over many decades.
    Our Summer bushwalking trips led by Rod were always a highlight.
    He was a true bushman, a wonderful storyteller and a loving family man.
    There will never be another Rod.
    Sympathy to his family.

  5. Remembering all the good times with Rod during our bushwalking and mountaineering courses.
    He was an inspiration to many of us.
    My thoughts and condolences are with the family at this sad time.

  6. Thankyou Rod, for introducing my wife and I to bushwalking through a Dept. of Youth, Sport & Recreation course in 1980, thus giving us many hours and days of pleasure in the bush.

  7. Peter R A Gray

    Rod was an active member of Rostrum Club No 3 when I joined in 1968 and for many years after that.
    I valued his friendship and admired his leadership.
    He shared his wisdom with me not only in the context of public speaking, but also while cross-country skiing.
    It is sad to lose such a fine person.

  8. We will really miss Rod who was a lovely kind gentleman.
    We met Rod & family at the 150 year celebration of the Netherby ship on King Island in 2016.
    Also meet more of the family at Bellbrae later on.
    Much love your long lost cousins Rick & Jackie & extended Field family.

  9. Leonie Sonnberger

    I remember many fun times with Rod, learning to cross country ski, camping, building woodsheds at Howqua and running up the road trying to keep up with him as he strode along.
    A wonderful man with such a wealth of knowledge and a love of life.

  10. Rod, you will be sadly missed.
    You were one of life’s true gentlemen and stalwart of Victoria’s bushwalking community.
    Fare thee well…

  11. An inspiration in my bushwalking leadership years in 1970s and 80s.
    Will be fondly remembered by very many.
    Thanks to the family for sharing him over the years.

  12. Sally Hutchison

    Rod, thank you for inspiring me to attend Rostrum, and teaching me and the many other bush walkers and cross country skiers so much about life, the outdoors and leadership.
    Your memory will continue to walk with us.
    Thinking of your family at this sad time and sending them my sympathies.
    May you rest in peace after a life well lived!

  13. Rodney we never met , but feel we know you a little through your son Pete… with his love of nature, music and friendship he shares your enduring worth with us.

  14. Robyn Rattray-Wood

    On behalf of the Victorian Malleefowl Recovery Group I would like to extend our condolences to Michele and Warren and family on the death of Rod.
    Rod monitored Malleefowl nests for 8 years, as part of the monitoring team from the Bellbrae/Torquay area.
    He regularly attended VMRG Training Weekend and Reporting meetings and is remembered as a person of energy and wit.
    He will be sadly missed at our gatherings.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Robyn Rattray-Wood,
    President, VMRG

  15. John and Noela Olsen

    How wonderful to have known you Rod.
    We loved to share your knowledge and love of the outdoors on our Malleefowling trips and always enjoyed your wit and humanity.
    We have also enjoyed being your younger friends.
    Thanks for everything
    Torquay/Bellbrae Mafia.

  16. Lucy Maclaren

    Rod Lingard will always be remembered fondly by the Maclaren family as a great friend and bushwalking leader.
    Our thoughts are with the Lingard family.

  17. Neville Byrne (reposted from Age 1st April tributes))

    A great man with strength and integrity who was responsible for literally hundreds of community leaders gaining the skills and confidence to safely take others into potentially hazards outdoor environments and bring them back enthused about the natural environment.

  18. Farewell to a great neighbour and fascinating story teller.
    Each year he would captivate my 17 yo students with his amazing past outdoor adventures.
    Rod certainly lived a full life!

  19. I first met Rod through the BMLC in 1970’s.
    I will always remember him singing as we sat around a campfire in the bush.
    In the last few years I used to occasionally meet Rod as he walked in Deep Creek in Torquay.
    I will miss him.
    He was a great leader and a wonderful human being.

  20. Steve and Sharon Barnes

    We will always cherish our memories of Rod and the wonderful conversations we shared about our love of nature, old photographs, the great outdoors and the love of family. We will especially cherish the laughs we shared together last Christmas day.
    We will miss you Rod, rest in peace.

  21. GWENDA and IAN BISSETT

    We are honoured to have counted Rod our friend for over 60 years.
    We shared countless happy memories of bushwalking and outback trips.
    Deepest sympathy to the loving family he nurtured with Bev by his side.

  22. Rosemary Thompson

    We thoroughly enjoyed having Rod’s company on our Malleefowl monitoring excursions and loved hearing his stories.
    He was knowledgeable and passionate about the Mallee area and bushcraft in general.
    We missed him when he was unable to join us in the last few years but we still enjoyed his company over afternoon tea back home.
    He was a true gentleman and it was an honour to know him.
    Rosemary Thompson, Marg & Greg Davis.

  23. I knew Rod through BMLC.
    He made a significant contribution to increasing bushwalking leadership standards and educating leaders.
    The standards and leaders remain, with his values passed on to new generations.
    Vale Rod.

  24. Melissa Tinney

    Farewell to our cherished Uncle Rod, thank you for all the inspiration, wisdom, lessons in photography and bushwalking and possum jumper hugs.
    Our extended family will have an empty space and Rod will be greatly missed and remembered.

  25. Struan Little

    Rod’s adventurous spirit and love for the Australian bush touched the lives of all who knew him.
    He was a mentor, a guide, and a friend to many.
    His warmth, humour, and generosity endeared him to all who crossed his path.
    I have many happy memories with Rod, whether it be bush walking, xc-skiing, or at his home in Melbourne.
    Goodbye Rod, the master bush walker.
    You will be sorely missed by many.
    Sympathies to the extended Lingard family.

  26. Chris Hellerud

    My deepest condolences to Rod’s family.
    It has been a great privileged and pleasure to have shared outdoors activities with Rod.
    Knowing him has enriched my life
    Chris Hellerud

  27. I carry with me many treasured memories of time shared with Rod, both in committees and in the field, during my years of involvement with the BMLCC.
    He was a strong and wise mentor and friend, from whom I learned a great deal that helped me to be better in the many roles I undertook.
    Rod and Bev were caring friends to Pam and me for many years, and we especially valued shared times in Torquay.

  28. Trevor Mildenhall

    I worked with Rod at Department of Sport and Recreation and knew him as a strong advocate for the outdoors within the Department and always championing those involved in outdoor leadership.
    I found him to be a thorough gentleman and great to work with.
    Vale Rod.

  29. We have heard stories that Pete shared with us about his Dad on many family bushwalking adventures.
    There were stories and songs shared around the camp fire and ,together with Bev, Rod encouraged a love of nature, music and celebration of life which is ongoingly expressed by his wonderful progeny.
    Rod will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
    He was kind, strong and inspiring.
    A wonderful man.

  30. Greg Paul. Senior Sergeant Police Search and Rescue Squad

    It will never be known how many outdoor recreation incidents have been avoided due to the quality leadership development programs that were under Rods guidance.

    Rod was a leader of leaders. He harnessed a great team of people, while being respected and liked by many.

    On behalf of the Police Search and Rescue Squad, and our partner emergency services, we appreciate Rods legacy, which has been the enhancement of good leadership and decisions during organised bushwalking, ski touring and outdoor recreation activities in general.

    Indirectly, Rod Lingard has saved many lives, avoiding loss and suffering for so many families. He will continue to save lives well after his passing.

    Our condolences to Rods family and friends.

  31. Ralph Patford

    I met Rod just over ten years ago and recognised at once that he was a true gentleman.
    I envy those who knew him longer.
    Condolences to his family and friends.

  32. Rod and my father were close friends and fellow bushwalkers during their formative years around 1950.
    Rod has been an occasional but no less notable person all my life, least of which was the source of my name!
    Wise, gentle & positive, he was also father of my one-time golfing buddy, Pete.
    I greatly admired Rod and will miss the stories he recounted from those early days with my father.
    My love and thoughts are with Michele, Steve, Pete, and their families today.

  33. Maria and Michel Demange

    Thinking of your family today and your final farewell.
    Our thoughts are with you on the loss of your beloved dad.
    Love from Demange family.

  34. Rod was considered, informed but unassuming.
    As a companion in the outdoors he was observant and great company.
    As a colleague, Rod was supportive and a person of integrity.
    Those venturing into the outdoors are undoubtably the beneficiaries of Rod’s commitment to the training of teachers and community leaders in outdoor recreation safety.
    Vale Rod.

  35. Vanessa Reynolds

    My outdoor life was immensely richer for knowing Rod.
    He was always kind, caring & supportive.
    His contributions to the Handbook Committee I chaired were thoughtful, informed & given with grace, clarity, & when needed, humour.
    My time on the BMTAB Board, & the BMLC Course Committee, was enhanced by Rod’s presence & support.
    He was a fine friend indeed.

  36. Jim & Edie Barton

    It was very special to sit and listen to the loving tributes to such a special man as Rod. We were always impressed with his compassion and integrity and it has been our privilege to have been called his friends. We always admired his strong sense of social justice for the
    less fortunate.

  37. Mrs Christina Sobey

    Rod was my mentor (BMLC) in the early 1990’s.
    I was an older participant, married with 3 young children, and Rod was just so kind and helpful to me. Never forgotten.
    My own husband died last year aged 93. It’s so sad when these great men have to go. Be sad, be proud. I’m sorry I missed catching up with him.

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