Bondi Rescue star Terry McDermott dies after battle with cancer

A star of the hit Australian TV series Bondi Rescue has died after a battle with cancer.

Lifeguard Terry ‘T-Man’ McDermott died on September 1, it was announced in a post on the Bondi Rescue Lifeguards Facebook page on Friday.

He has been described as one of the “nicest mariners to put on a jersey”.

“This selfless man saved countless lives during his 30+ year career working on many different beaches,” the tribute read.

Bondi Rescue lifeguard Terry ‘T-Man’ McDermott died surrounded by family and friends on September 1 after a battle with cancer

Terry McDermott (front left) spent 20 years working as a lifeguard on the Central Coast and 10 years patrolling the famous Bondi Beach

Terry McDermott (front left) spent 20 years working as a lifeguard on the Central Coast and 10 years patrolling the famous Bondi Beach

‘Terry, Tezzy, T-Mac, Moondoggy McDermott. Thank you for your service to the community.

‘Rest well big man.’

Mr. McDermott leaves behind his wife Joanna and son Matt.

Mr McDermott spent 20 years working as a lifeguard on the Central Coast and 10 years patrolling the famous Bondi Beach.

He passed away surrounded by his family and friends after a battle with cancer.

Tributes to Mr McDermott were paid by the show’s fans around the world.

‘It’s truly sad. I will pray for you, your family and your family of rescuers. You were an amazing lifesaver. I loved watching Bondi on YouTube here on the east coast of the United States. It breaks my heart,’ said one international fan.

‘This is such sad news. Loved watching it from Ireland on Bondi Rescue,’ another person commented.

‘RIP Terry. Thanks for being you. Thank you for your service. What an awesome man you were. Rest in peace.’

Co-star Trent Maxwell also shared a moving tribute to Mr McDermott, thanking him for “teaching me the ropes of surveillance”.

‘I will miss you mate, never a dull moment. You were a great sailor and you always had great wisdom to share with young people. We had a great time together, we will miss you,’ Mr Maxwell wrote.

Bondi Rescue lifeguard Terry McDermott, who died of cancer, is pictured with his wife Joanna

Bondi Rescue lifeguard Terry McDermott, who died of cancer, is pictured with his wife Joanna

“Terry was a charismatic and articulate character who always had a wonderful story to tell,” Sunshine Coast Lifeguards posted in tribute.

Co-star Trent Maxwell also shared a moving tribute to Mr McDermott, thanking him for

Co-star Trent Maxwell also shared a moving tribute to Mr McDermott, thanking him for ‘teaching me the ropes of lifesaving’

‘Vale mate, absolutely drained of your party, but at last at peace. You will be sorely missed by so many,’ his friend Mark Radford posted online.

‘Sending my deepest condolences to everyone at Bondi Rescue and to Terry’s family. We loved watching him on the show, he always seemed such a nice man,’ another person said.

“Terry was a charismatic and articulate character who always had a wonderful story to tell,” Sunshine Coast Lifeguards posted in tribute.

“He was a friend and colleague to many rescuers across the country and, in fact, well known around the world.”

In a Q&A conducted for the show, McDermott once revealed the most dangerous surf rescue he’s been involved in.

“A river mouth rescue using a paddleboard at low tide with three patients on board 100 yards apart when found.”

McDermott had documented on social media his battle with the disease after being diagnosed with prostate cancer on Anzac Day in 2020.

Terry was a charismatic and articulate character who always had a wonderful story to tell,' Sunshine Coast Lifeguards posted in tribute

Terry was a charismatic and articulate character who always had a wonderful story to tell,’ Sunshine Coast Lifeguards posted in tribute

In a Q&A conducted for the show, McDermott once revealed the most dangerous surf rescue he's been involved in

In a Q&A conducted for the show, McDermott once revealed the most dangerous surf rescue he’s been involved in

In one video, McDermott filmed himself sitting in the cancer ward at Prince of Wales Hospital saying he had to undergo nine rounds of chemotherapy.

“They tell me you ring a bell when you complete treatment at the Prince of Wales chemotherapy ward,” he said.

He later filmed himself ringing the hospital bell while thanking a group of nurses who cheered him on for their continued support.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” he said.

The Bondi Rescue star’s death is the latest tragedy to hit the McDermott family after the lifeguard and his partner lost their newborn son.

In 2013, McDermott revealed on an episode of the hit TV show that he had lost his baby boy to complications during childbirth.

“My boy was trapped in the birth canal and had complications that cut off oxygen for ten minutes, but the result was a week later he died,” he said.

In one video, McDermott filmed himself sitting in the cancer ward at Prince of Wales Hospital saying he had to undergo nine rounds of chemotherapy.

In one video, McDermott filmed himself sitting in the cancer ward at Prince of Wales Hospital saying he had to undergo nine rounds of chemotherapy.

He later filmed himself ringing the hospital bell while thanking a group of nurses who cheered him on for their continued support.

He later filmed himself ringing the hospital bell while thanking a group of nurses who cheered him on for their continued support.

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