Rest in Peace: 240213 Lieutenant Colonel The Reverend Monsignor Eugene Joseph Harley OAM Royal Australian Army Chaplains Department.
Sad news of the passing of Monsignor Eugene Harley who died peacefully in bed on ANZAC Day.
His funeral will take place at 11.00 am on Friday 5 May 2017 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 23 Cardinal Street, Mosman NSW 2088. The Church Telephone Number is 02 8969 3200.
Eugene was Parish Priest of this Church for 18 Years. The current Parish Priest Father Phillip Linder and Eugene’s nephew Dennis were with Eugene when he died in hospital at 7.00 pm and how appropriately on ANZAC Day.
Principal Chaplain (Catholic) Eugene Joseph Harley (Rtd) served as Chaplain Class 4 and Chaplain Class 3 Royal Australian Army Chaplains Department, Malaysia 1961 (2 RAR), Borneo 1965 (3 RAR) and South Vietnam 1967.
He served 27 years in the Australian Defence Force, including 7 years with 2 RAR. He served in Malaya, Borneo, and Vietnam. In the latter period of his service he was appointed Principal Catholic Chaplain of the Army.
Eugene has been involved with the 2 RAR Association since its early days and “has always been considered to be our Padre.”
At the 2014 AGM a Motion to Appoint Monsignor Eugene Joseph Harley as 2RAR Association Padre was passed.
He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Australia Day 2015 Honours List for his services to the Catholic Church and the Mosman NSW community.
In 2015 he was presented the 2 RAR Association Silver Soldier Award in recognition of his dedication and sustained contribution to 2 RAR and the Association over a period of five decades.
There is no doubt that Fr Eugene has enriched the lives of countless individuals and families who would all be proud to call Fr Eugene a friend.
I saw the shooting star burning so bright
Falling, falling, fading and soon from sight
So distant and yet so near
In its wake, a soldier’s journey so very clear
Duty, sharing, caring, courage and sometimes fear
No longer a mortal in life’s short race
A contented spirit bound for home somewhere in distant space
This fiery trail I saw tonight marks a warrior’s farewell
Leaving behind another legacy of proud deeds to tell
A poem by George Mansford