Like everything in life, everything must come to an end, which includes life itself. As Referees and Assistant Referees we are not excluded from this "Law of Life".
We have lost many good friends from our ranks and this section of this website is to pay tribute to these friends.
We ask that you take the time to read the tributes, possibly learning more about the people that not only have given so much to the organisation which it is today, but also have enriched and touched the lives of so many others as a colleague, a friend and/or a mentor.
The passing of Ricquard Willam Lyster
On Friday I received news of the death of Ricquard Willam Lyster ( affectionately known to his NDSRA mates, as “Ric” )
Ric passed away in Greenslopes Private Hospital Brisbane at 6.45pm on Thursday 22 September 2011 .
Ric joined the NDSRA in 1988 and was an active member of the Branch until he moved to Underwood in Queensland in November 2004, with his beloved wife Joyce. He continued refereeing in Brisbane.
He took pride in his refereeing and truly cherished the friends he made over nearly three decades of refereeing.
Our friend David passed away on November 16, 2010.
He had every gift, but length of years.
He celebrated his 50th in Hong Kong, in the company of family and RAF/ RAAF mates.
We gathered at the RAAF base, Glenbrook on November 23, 2010, in a private and personal time honoured RAAF farewell.
David’s wish was for us all to wear colourful attire, he requested we wear Hawaiian shirts, which we dutifully did. Who were we to disobey an officer?
The NDSRA was represented by Vince Bruin, Graeme Horner, Terry Coady, my wife Sue and Ann and David Kirby.
Gunny had pre-recorded a message which was played at his funeral. Read more...
It is with sadness that the Nepean District Soccer Referees’ Association marks the passing of Gregory Boss this morning at 9.00am, May 14.
Gregory became a member of the Branch in 1996, in the 13 years we have enjoyed his success on the park, we have come to respect him deeply, admire him deeply as a first class human being.
Our sympathy goes to his wife Yvonne and his family.
Words are vague shadows of the volume of emotion we feel today, as we farewell our dear friend.
Neal passed through a thousand crowded places in his 53 years.
We remember his steady stride, that tilt of the head, the big screen smile, and that mischievous glint in his eyes.
Neal was gentle and considerate. Decency and attention to small kindness defined his good life.
A little villainy coursed through his veins, the larrikin in him would occasionally escape and catch us by surprise.
Neal’s “Life’s Passbook of character” was rarely overdrawn, he worked meticulously to keep it balanced.
His concept of loyalty didn’t come from a textbook , the seeds of loyalty were sown in Neal’s childhood. He was taught the necessity for discipline , to him it is one of the basic tools for solving life’s problems.
His deepest beliefs never had much to do with fashion or convenience. Neal never drank alcohol – alcohol was not the petrol that drove his social life. Read more...
Friday June 25, 2010
It is with sadness that I inform members Sharon Phillips lost her battle with terminal cancer at 3.00am Friday June 25, 2010.
Sharon, the wife of Roger Phillips, a long serving member of the NDSRA branch, and mother of Glen, also a former member, is an inspiration to us all .
She was very much part of the NDSRA family, we are heartbroken with the news of her passing.
5th February 1955 - 4th June 2010
Darkness came to all of us with the news of the passing of Steven.
His death on Friday 4th June 2010 has left a hole in the fabric of his tight knit Warradale community.
The die was cast back on September 22, 2009 when this gentle unassuming man, was diagnosed with leukemia.Steven braced himself to endure the unremitting pain which proved intractable to medication. Read more...
Tribute to Bill Lodge……a referee’s friend
“I have so much to do”
There are men who are pillars of the football community and Bill Lodge was one of those.
News of his passing, on Wednesday has saddened the NSW referee community, he was the face of volunteering in sport, with over four decades of selfless acts and generosity.
There was never an agenda to his good works Read more...