Harry Fay’s community commitment recognised at Australia Day Celebrations

February 7, 2011

Harry Fay was awarded the Or der of Australia Medal in this year’s Australia Day Honours.

Harry FayHenry John Fay, known to all Bingara as Harry Fay, received the award “for service to veterans and their families, and to the community of Bingara.”

Harry was a founding member of the Grafton/Maclean Legacy after the war and stayed a member of that branch until 1956, when he returned to Bingara with his family to work as the accountant for the family business, H. Fay & Sons.

In that same year, Harry became a founding member of Bingara Legacy.  He has held Honorary positions on the managing committee  since then, resigning as Chairman in 2010 but continuing as a Legatee to this day.

He worked tirelessly for the widows and children of the fallen servicement for over 55 years.

Apart from his involvement in Legacy, Harry has contributed to the community in many different ways.  This contribution was acknowledged in 1996 with the awarding of the Citizen of the Year title to Harry.

He served as a councillor on the Bingara Shire Council for 17 years, from 1974 to 1983 and then again from 1991 to 1999. He has served in Honorary positions, often as Treasurer, on many of Bingara’s community groups and associations and has been Honorary Auditor for many of these same groups for 50 years.  Harry was a long standing member of the Bingara Rotary Club and later the Lions Club.

He was Manager of H. Fay & Sons from the 1960s to 1995 and founding Director of Combined Rural Traders (CRT), serving on the board for many years and was Financial Director  for 18 years from 1971 to 1989.

In 2003 he received an Australian RSL Service Award for 50 years of continuous service to the RSL.   In the same year, he received the Premier’s Award for service to the community of Bingara.

The awarding of the OAM to Harry Fay is a wonderful recognition of his enduring devotion to his community.

Congratulations Harry!