“I also paint a bit in my spare time.” Ronny at an exhibition of his artwork.
Ronny at South Bondi, in an early wetsuit ad in Surfing World, mid ’60s.
Always the smile.
Invited to be a foundation member of Windansea, bottom right.
10 July 19
Much loved and admired by so many from all walks of life, Australian legendary surfer and gentleman Ronny Silcock died peacefully on Monday morning on the Gold Coast.
A straight-up guy who loved a chat and had time for everybody, Ronny was renowned as a complete and smooth longboarder, and also as a fine portrait and landscape artist.
Lesser known perhaps was that he was also a talented writer, and we were rapt to publish several of his pieces in print in this magazine over the years, in particular his entertaining takes on his childhood friend Kevin “Head” Brennan in “The Best There Ever Was” and on the formation of the Windansea club in Australia, “The Bold Experiment”.
The following ran on the Contributors Page in PLB Volume 14 Number One, eight years ago:
A larger-than-life character, you get Ronny Silcock talking and you start thinking that there’s a book in this bloke. Check out his memories of Kevin Brennan this issue. A Bondi grommet, Ronny disarmingly admits to a couple of wrong turns and to doing a bit of time when he was a teenager, to be saved by wife Chris and son Byron.
He’s lived, worked and surfed all over the Oz coast, and what a surfer! Anyone who’s come up against him in an age division will verify. And he loves competitions, but always with a smile.
For the past 20 years he’s lived at Bilinga on the Goldie, and after a double by-pass in 2004 says, “I’m just so happy to be back surfing, doing what I love so much. I also paint a bit in my spare time, I love painting the famous point breaks and portraits of older surfers – the ones with wrinkles seem to finish the best. I’ve been a sales manager for 16 years now, I play golf off a four handicap, and have hit four holes-in-one . . . lucky me.”
Our thoughts are with Chris, Melanie and Byron Silcock, the families and his many friends. Rest in peace Ronny. - JB and all at PLB
From son Byron via Facebook: “Just to let everyone know that we are saying goodbye to Dad next Tuesday the 16th at Somerville Funerals Nerang at 12.30. All are welcome and we have a few bevies after at a joint to be decided (probably Tally Surf Club).”
This Facebook post from old friend Wayne “Crouch” McCleary sums up the thoughts of many so well:
Well I have lost another old surfing mate
As I have just been informed
It never stops we all know that
The older we get the more we loose
To Chris Silcock and all family members and to all the surfing community
It’s a sad day for our old mate
Mate mate mate, I wish I could take your place brother
But it does not happen like that
RIP Ronny Silcock a LEGEND surfer right up till this day
His art showed here was AWESOME
A poem to you brother in arms
Right from my head no thinking of it, just writing it
Ronny the surfer, a lad
A man of principal
A man of integrity
A man on a mission
Always ready to surf
Always ready to shake ya hand
when ever we surfed
Right till the end
A LEGEND at your spot
In any. Conditions
Rest upon the palm tree
Wait for that westerly blow
And head out
And go go go
With Red board in tow
You will always goooo
RIP old mate
See you soon wherever you are