Loss of Hoppers stalwart

October 26, 2017

Colbinabbin Football Netball Club stalwart Tom Stalwart has died.

TOM McEvoy, a two-time premiership player and life member of the Colbinabbin Football Netball Club, died last week.

As a player, McEvoy was a member of the 1949 and 1950 premiership sides.

After retiring from the playing side, Tom spent over 20 years as a member of the clubs committee.

Tom also worked for the club as a timekeeper, extending this role to be the official timekeeper for all finals games played in the HDFNL.

For his many years of loyal service to the club, McEvoy was made a club life member in 1991.

While his official duties with the club wound up, McEvoy was still a regular fixture at the club, usually seen with family members in his car on the boundary at Colbinabbin games.

McEvoy’s influence on the club reached far further than his own actions.

Tom fathered nine children, all of whom would go on to represent the club in either football or netball.

Many of his grand-children would also go on to represent the club.

Tom’s descendants have gone on to play sport at the elite level, with Ben McEvoy an AFL premiership ruckman at Hawthorn, and Chloe Watson a goal and wing defence for the Melbourne Vixens.

Mr McEvoy’s funeral will be held this Wednesday at the Sacred Heart Church in Cornella at 1pm.

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