The Funeral of Stanley Robert Tilley at St Mary's Anglican Church, Ballina.
The Funeral of Stanley Robert Tilley at St Mary's Anglican Church, Ballina. Jacklyn Wagner

Swim coach Stan Tilley farwelled

HUNDREDS gathered at St Mary’s Anglican Church in Ballina this afternoon for the funeral of respected swim coach Stan Tilley.

Former swimming champions Petria Thomas, Dyana Calub and Jonathon Newton were in the crowd, along with Stan’s two children Greg and Karen, grandchildren, great grandchildren and fellow ex-servicemen.

During the eulogy Stan’s son, Greg Tilley, spoke of his father’s dedication to the Royal Australian Air Force and his young swimmers.

But he also loved his family, particularly his wife of more than 60 years, Leila.

“His enduring legacy, which we are most proud of, is the hundreds of kids he has taught to swim,” Greg said.

“Rest in peace, mate.”

Backstroke champion Dyana Calub said Mr Tilley had been a legendary coach who meant a lot to her.

“He was a great man, and a hard coach and a hard trainer,” she said.

“But it was worth it.”


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