Family, friends, past and present serving musicians came together recently to mark the passing of a man who left an indelible legacy for all Royal Australian Navy musicians.
Commander Ashley William Greed passed away on 26 January, and a service celebrating his life was held at St Marks Chapel, HMAS Cerberus, in Victoria last week.
Reaching the career pinnacle for Royal Australian Navy musicians, Commander Greedy held the esteemed position as the seventh Director of Music – Navy, for a decade.
As is the way of all Navy musicians, he started his career as a junior sailor before rising through the ranks to achieve his commission.
Enlisting in 1965 as a Recruit at Cerberus, Commander Greedy served a distinguished career spanning 37 years before retiring in 2002.
Commanding Officer Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater, outlined Commander Greedy’s service and the affinity he held for Cerberus having served about 19 years of his career at the base.
The significance of his passing was reflected in the occasion of his burial in the Cerberus Cemetery located on the base, which is the first of its kind in 25 years.
“From his posting history, it is clear that Cerberus meant something special to Ashley and his family," Captain Bowater said.
"I am honoured to assist in his final return to Cerberus, where he will always be remembered by his extended family, the Royal Australian Navy.”
During his time as Director of Music, Commander Greedy led his branch through a period of significant change.
His leadership left a defining legacy embodying a quality of playing, professionalism and a breadth of life experiences that have become the foundations on which the Navy Band still operates.