Nature’s Gentleman

It is with immense sadness that we share news of the passing of the much-loved President/Treasurer of Dural’s Kangaroo Protection Co-operative (KPC), FRANK HICKEY.

After nearly 40 years as teachers, Frank and his Welsh-born wife Heather retired at the end of 2002, settling first on a few acres in Kenthurst and later moving to Canoelands, backing Marramurra National Park. Together with their son Adam, Frank and Heather enjoyed their tree change and sharing their home with a vast array of local native fauna.

Frank cared passionately about the environment and locals will recall seeing Heather and him on their regular treks along Old Northern Road collecting rubbish. Frank genuinely appreciated all animals and would rescue abandoned joeys, goannas and turtles that were recklessly attempting to cross major roads.

In 2007, Frank’s enthusiasm for native wildlife and life-long commitment to community service led to volunteering at the KPC, where his natural talent as a leader later saw him elected President/Treasurer.

Frank put in countless hours behind the scenes to ensure the smooth operations of the wildlife sanctuary, meeting and enlisting support from the sanctuary’s major sponsor, Bendigo Bank Galston. Frank was also incredibly fit and physically active and rolled up his sleeves to help get the hard yard work done at the sanctuary’s monthly working bees.

Frank touched the lives of so many people and was dedicated to making a positive difference to the planet. He left the world a better place.