Don Norris was born and raised in Bega, attending Bega West School then Bega High. He spent most of his life in Bega and was involved in a number of businesses, the last one in partnership with his wife Robyne at North Bega - a takeaway they owned for 15 years.
In 2012 Don began working for Bega Taxis. His duties included transporting special needs children to school, a job he carried out with respect and compassion. The children's parents always knew they were in safe hands with Don. The same duty of care was given to the disabled and elderly.
Don always had an interest in radio. In 1975-76 he worked at the old 2BE as an announcer; at night he was also involved in running live entertainment.
In 1992 Don had the opportunity to become involved in community radio in Bega, now known as 93.7 Edge FM. He eventually became station manager and president.
Don spent many hours working behind the scenes doing grant applications, sponsorship coordinating, licence renewals, training new presenters and fixing electronic nightmares. Don was a champion of community radio who put the interests of listeners, sponsors and presenters to the forefront.
Don had an amazing knowledge of music from the 1950s onwards. Don's Sports Free Zone on Saturday afternoons had a loyal following - the show will continue as a tribute to him and will be hosted by various Edge presenters.
Don passed away suddenly at his home on February 24. He is survived by his wife Robyne and extended family.
Robyne would like to thank the paramedics and local police who attended and to all those who have sent cards and messages of support.