Terry “Tezz” McDermott, a lifeguard at Bondi Beach, passed away last week after sharing an emotional video of himself singing with other cancer patients in a ward in Sydney. The video was taken shortly before he passed away.
McDermott passed away on September 1, surrounded by family and friends. A note was sent to the popular TV program’s Facebook page late Friday night, lamenting “the loss of one of the nicest watermen to ever don a jersey” in reference to McDermott.
On Anzac Day in the year 2020, McDermott received the news that he had prostate cancer. He passed away on September 1.
According to what was written in the memorial, “This dedicated guy saved countless lives during his career that spanned more than 30 years operating at a variety of beaches.”
Earlier this year, Mr. McDermott was spotted singing with another patient in the cancer ward of the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. He commented on his most recent Instagram post, “Cancer can’t get us, we’re too happy.”
A jovial performance of Daryl Braithwaite’s “The Horses” is performed by the three individuals prior to McDermott’s chemotherapy treatment, which is depicted alongside another patient named David, who was formerly a player for the Roosters.
Mr. McDermott served the community of the Central Coast as a lifeguard for a total of 20 years and Bondi Beach as a patrolman for a total of 10 years.