Felix Sainsbury Obituary, Death – Our commemorations of National Volunteer Week are coming to a close with a tribute to the remarkable Felix Sainsbury, who unfortunately passed away not long ago, a few months short of reaching the age of 103. The Club will miss Felix greatly because he devoted his life to volunteering and will be greatly missed by the Club.
Felix enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) No. 3 Squadron and was stationed in the Middle East after volunteering for military service on October 28, 1940.
During his time serving overseas, he kept extensive records that were eventually made available to the public. He was the only veteran from the No. 3 Squadron to have survived World War II. pOn July 1, 1955, Felix became a member of the East Fremantle Yacht Club, and he worked his way up through the ranks until he became Commodore in 1968. After he stepped down as Commodore, he continued to devote a significant portion of his time to the Club and remained actively connected with the Club right up until the time of his passing. Even up until a few weeks ago, you could regularly find Felix having lunch on Fridays with all of his longtime friends as well as his sons John and Derry.
On April 23, 2021, the Governor of Australia presented Felix with the medal of the Order of Australia at the Club in recognition of his extensive contributions to the yachting community and to the Royal Australian Air Force in the capacity of No. 3 Squadron. In 2011, the EFYC bestowed upon him the honor of Life Membership in recognition of his 68 years of service as a club member. Felix’s years of dedicated work at the Club will be fondly recalled and celebrated much into the future thanks to the legacy he leaves behind.