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  1. S J

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    Everyone at the Dragons is deeply saddened by the news that Bill Collier has passed away. We'd like to extend our condolences to the Collier family.

    Bill Collier was the last remaining player from the Club’s first Premiership winning squad in 1941.

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    Bill was a part of the Australian Army between 1942 and 1946, serving in New Guinea and the island of Borneo during World War II and has been a prominent figure in the traditional ceremony ahead of the annual ANZAC Day match against the Sydney Roosters.

    The Player of the Match each ANZAC Day receives a medal named in his honour, in recognition of his services to both rugby league and Australia. The Ashton Collier Spirit of ANZAC Medal acknowledges the services both on and off the field of Collier and the late Ferris Ashton who played for Eastern Suburbs and also served in Australia’s Armed Forces.

    The Dragons extend their condolences to the family of Bill Collier.
     
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    The St George Illawarra Dragons are deeply saddened at the passing of four-time Premiership winning halfback George Evans, on Friday.

    Evans passed away on Christmas Day and is survived by his wife Denise and his children Peter and Jodie and their respective families.

    The Sydney High student began his career playing rugby union competing in the fourth-grade for the St George Rugby Union club in 1958 before ultimately becoming a first-grader two years later in 1960.

    That same year he represented NSW before being selected as a reserve in four international Tests for Australia in 1961.

    Evans made the switch to rugby league following this and joined the Dragons, where he made his first-grade debut in the 39-5 victory over the South Sydney Rabbitohs at the SCG on August 5, 1962.

    The talented halfback would go on to ultimately score 11 tries from 68 appearances in his seven-year career with the Club, which also included winning consecutive Premierships in 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965.

    Subsequently, Evans became Captain/Coach of the Corrimal Cougars in the Illawarra Rugby League competition in 1969 and led the club to their maiden Illawarra Club Championship two years later.

    His funeral will be held at Parsons Funeral Parlour, Bulli at midday on Monday, January 4.

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    A fine player who quietly went about his business in a team of champions.
     
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    The St George Illawarra Dragons are deeply saddened at the passing of Premiership-winning fullback Brian Johnson, on Tuesday.
    The local Dapto-native, aged 59, passed away after a long-time battle with Alzheimer’s Disease and is survived by his wife Karen and two sons.
    The talented custodian earned his sole representative honours by being named in the NSW Origin Country Firsts team in 1978.
    He joined the Dragons the following season during and would go on to scribe his name onto the scoresheet in the 17-13 Grand Final victory over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at the SCG on September 22, 1979.
    Johnson would go on to ultimately score 55 tries from over 120 first-grade fixtures for the Dragons in his seven-year career with the Club.
    His skills were recognised when he was bestowed the Dally M 'Fullback of the Year' award in 1980.
    Subsequently, Johnson would go on to represent the Sydney Roosters in 1986 before later representing the Warrington Wolves for three seasons between 1986-1988.

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    St George Illawarra have paid tribute to premiership-winning fullback Brian Johnson following his death at the age of 59.
    A statement on the Dragons’ website said the club was ‘‘deeply saddened’’ by Johnson’s death.
    ‘‘The local Dapto-native, aged 59, passed away after a long-time battle with Alzheimer’s Disease and is survived by his wife Karen and two sons,’’ the statement read.
    Johnson joined the Dragons in 1979 and scored in the club’s 17-13 grand final victory over Canterbury in his first season. The 1980 Dally M Fullback of the Year winner scored 55 tries from more than 120 first-grade games during a seven-year career with St George.
    Johnson switched to then Eastern Suburbs in 1986 before linking with English club Warrington as a player and coach.
    Legendary Roosters halfback Kevin Hastings took to twitter to pay tribute .‘‘Sad to hear of the passing of Brian Johnson. St George Easts and Warrington fullback. Too young RIP,’’ he tweeted.
     
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    Community: Doug and Lorna McClelland (second and third from right) on St George Leagues Club's 50th anniversary. Picture: Chris Lane

    Lorna McClelland, the guiding light behind one of St George’s most prominent political families, has died at 86.
    Doug McClelland, her husband of 66 years, was a minister in the Whitlam government and president of the Senate, while their son Robert was MP for Barton and federal Attorney-General.
    Mrs McClelland died in St George Private Hospital on Monday two months after a fall, which led to medical complications.
     
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    The St George Illawarra Dragons are deeply saddened at the passing of former player Grahame Buckley, on Thursday.
    The local St George-native, who could player in the second-row or as lock-forward, passed away after suffering a heart attack aged 58.
    Buckley made his first-grade debut for the St George Dragons during the 1978 season and made 55 appearances in total over a span of seven seasons including being involved in the Club’s 1979 Premiership campaign.
    He later joined the Illawarra Steelers where he made a solitary appearance during the 1986 season.

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    Another fine player who quietly went about his business.
     
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    geez some of these blokes die young. Sad.
     
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    The St George Illawarra Dragons are deeply saddened at the passing of former player Grahame Bowen, on Tuesday.
    Bowen, who played as prop-forward, made his first-grade debut for the St George Dragons during the 1967 season and scored 13 tries from 75 appearances in total over a span of six seasons.
    The forward featured for the Club in their 1971 Grand Final fixture against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
    He later joined the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in 1973 before retiring at the end of the following year.

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    Another solid St George player both in league and in his working life. He went to the Sharks but never forgot where he came from and I think he was the one who stood up for the young St George supporter who had his jersey cut up by the then President of the sharks.
     
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    Roy Masters: She was, in my experience, the greatest partner of a footballer ever.

    Sharon Young, wife of Craig, the former St George captain and coach, died on Saturday morning at the family home in Wollongong, only 57, after a battle with cervical cancer.

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    Strong team ... Sharon and Craig Young.
    Given five days to live when she left hospital, she lasted three very painful weeks.

    "Her face lit up when the doctor said she could come home," Craig said, fighting back welling tears. "The four kids all came over to stay Friday night and she knew they were there.

    "She died next morning. She didn't want to inconvenience them."

    It was so typical of her that she would want her adult children to return to their own homes and get on with life.
     
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    Her funeral is Thursday September 15 at 9.30am, Hanson and Cole Funerals, Northcliffe Drive, Kembla Grange.
     
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    Very nasty way to go.
    Condolences to Craig and family.
     
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    The St George Illawarra Dragons will wear black armbands in their Round 19 clash against the Canberra Raiders at GIO Stadium, following the passing of Ken Boothroyd.

    Boothroyd was the head conditioner of St George throughout the 70s and played a crucial part in Dragons' grand final teams of 1971 and 1975 as well as the premiership-winning 1977 and 1979 seasons.

    Boothroyd also played part in the early years of the Illawarra Steelers, again as head conditioner in 1982 and 1983.

    He was well-respected by all players he was involved with and led the way with new and innovative training methods.

    That respect extended to his teaching where he spent over 25 years at Kogarah Marist Brothers High School.

    Boothroyd passed away on Monday following a long illness, aged 86.
     
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    RUGBY League immortal Graeme “Changa” Langlands has passed away in his Sutherland Shire nursing home.

    The Kangaroos and St George Dragons superstar had been battling ill heath for several months.

    Shocked family and friends were informed of Langland’s passing on Sunday morning.

    Langlands, who played 45 games for Australia and 227 for St George, was regarded as one of the all-time greats of the game.

    He was 76-years-old.
     
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    The passing of an immortal in the game of Rugby League.
    A true St George Legend who achieved a lot in the game he played.
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    Changa RIP.
     
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