Bargo community pays tribute to late Marge Sully and Sid Wyre

A woman affectionately known as Bargo’s “Mrs Claus” has died.

Marge Sully spent more than two decades dressing up each Christmas Eve for the Bargo Rural Fire Service brigade’s annual Santa Run.

Mrs Sully would ride around town on the back of the brigade’s fire truck and present lollies to children.

She succumbed to a long battle with illness in late August at the age of 90.

Her son Peter Sully said his mother had the perfect white hair and “right build” to dress up as Santa’s wife.

“Mum loved Christmas time,” he said. “She was Mrs Claus for 21 years and only missed one due to illness in 2016.

“She had the right look to be Mrs Claus and she was a people person. Mum was a really awesome woman.”

Mrs Sully and her husband Jack moved to Bargo in 1958.

They joined Bargo RFS during the 1970s but Mrs Sully wasn’t allowed to attend any fires.

Her main role included making sandwiches for the fire crews and she was made a brigade life member in 1981.

Mrs Sully had six children but only Peter became involved with the Bargo brigade. He was also later made a life member.

In between her brigade commitments, Mrs Sully was a founding member of the Bargo Bowling Club and was a Girl Guides group leader for 30 years.

“Mum had some great friends and she was a well loved person around Bargo,” Mr Sully said.

Bargo RFS captain Greg Green said Mrs Sully was well respected within the brigade.

"Whenever big fires came through Bargo, Marge would be there,” he said.

"Marge did a lot for the town and she was fairly active in the community.”

Former Bargo firefighter Sid Wyre also died in late August at the age of 92.

Mr Wyre was involved in the brigade during the 1960s and 1970s. He was also made a life member in 1981.

The late Sid Wyre.

The late Sid Wyre.

Mr Green said Mr Wyre was fondly remembered by the brigade’s members.

“Sid was an active firefighter for at least 10 to 15 years but he didn’t do much in recent years due to his age,” he said.

“Unfortunately a lot of our younger members didn’t know Sid.”

Mr Green said Bargo residents should be thankful for Mrs Sully and Mr Wyre’s service to the community.

"It's a sad time at the Bargo brigade,” he said. “We will miss them.

"The whole Bargo community should appreciate what Marge and Sid did over the years."