Vale Bob Gray

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Death notice
It is with sadness that Melbourne Softball Association advises the passing of our esteemed Life Member, Graeme Robert (Bob) Gray.

Bob has been a stalwart of our sport working with a passion for Melbourne Softball and the wider softball community throughout Victoria.

Bob was actively involved, predominantly as an umpire from 1968 to 2014, and since 1979 until his retirement in 2014, as a valued member of our Fawkner Park community.

We extend our sincere condolences to his wife Vi, children Brian, Judy, Jamie, Ellen, Owen, and their families and also to his friends.

Rest in peace Bob
Funeral details will be advised when they are known.

In memorium
Graeme Robert (Bob) Gray

Bob began his involvement in softball in regional Victoria, Hamilton, alongside his wife Violet (Vi) in 1968. Then followed a time at Geelong Softball Association and since 1979 until his retirement in 2014, with Melbourne Softball Association.

Whilst Bob was a registered member at Melbourne he willingly gave his time to many softball events throughout Victoria.
Bob along with his wife Vi have, in his time, assisted at all tournaments Melbourne has hosted including Round Robins, Victorian Championships, Australasian Public Sector Games, and Australian Corporate Games. They have also worked at various National Championships that have been hosted by Softball Victoria and many Victorian Championships hosted by Softball Victoria’s affiliated associations.

He has umpired at many of the aforementioned events and has also been seen on softball diamonds for Melbourne’s summer and winter competitions and various summer associations’ competitions over the years.

Bob has been a great ambassador for our sport. Wherever you found Bob you would find him interacting with fellow umpires, coaches, players and administrators willingly assisting, mentoring and or supporting them.
Bob was awarded Life Membership of Melbourne Softball Association in 2007.

He has been recoginised by Softball Victoria presenting him with the Merle Short Service Award for service to softball and Softball Australia presenting their service award. Softball Australia also recognised him for more than 25 years of service as an umpire.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Bob’s family and friends.

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Vale Julie Nemeth

It is with deep regret Melbourne Softball advise the passing of our esteemed Life Member, Julie Nemeth. Julie has been, since 1985, a stalwart of our sport working with a passion for Melbourne Softball, her club Wingers, and Softball Victoria.
We extend our sincere condolences to Julie’s family, friends and Wingers Softball Club and its members.
Rest in Peace Julie.

It is advised the funeral arrangements are as follows:-

Tuesday 26 April 2016 at 2.30pm
Chapel of Reflections
Springvale Botanical Cemetery

Refreshments will be served in a nearby function room immediately after the service.

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Vale Judy Joy Davies

Vale Judy Joy Davies AOR: Melbourne Softball acknowledges the recent passing of Judy Joy Davies.

Judy Joy ‘covered local and international sport’ included a strong leaning towards females in sport. She was a staunch supporter of softball for over two decades. Judy Joy regularly visited Fawkner Park and the Domain to gather newsworthy topics and catch up with her softball friends. Softball was fortunate enough to have regular. sometimes weekly articles in the Herald Sun and it’s precursor newspapers, and not just a few lines in one column. You will find in our archives articles with photographs that were often a quarter page in size. Ah those were the days! SOFTBALL in a bold heading and signed off by Judy Joy Davies.

Rest in peace Judy Joy. Sincere condolences to her family and friends.

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