A tribute to Greg Kay at Henson Park

On Saturday 7 April 2018, the Newtown Jets paid tribute to devoted fan, Greg Kay, honouring him with a minute’s silence before the Jets v Dragons match at Henson Park. In the presence of Greg’s parents Dennis and Joan, the large crowd were informed of the sad passing of one of the most fanatical fans the club had in its long history. Greg had fought hard against the horrible disease of cancer.

Greg taught at a school for children with autism. He was highly respected by the children, parents and colleagues of the school located in Sydney. Typical of his character, the school had organised a “Super Hero’s” day and despite being unwell Greg attended wearing a Superman suit. He had promised the children he would attend and would not let them down.

In 2014 a parent informed Warren Thompson from the Men of League Foundation’s Sydney Metro Committee of Greg’s ill health and a visit to the NRL Museum was arranged. Terry Williams is the Museum’s historian and author of two books about the Newtown Jets. Greg and Terry became instant mates and kept in touch regularly from that day.

Greg introduced Warren and Terry to his Dad and a visit to Dennis at his home in 2017 with Garry O’Donnell from the Foundation’s Western Sydney Committee was greatly enjoyed by all four rugby league men. Dennis was a tough hooker in his day and the time went quickly as many players and famous stories from years ago were discussed.

Dennis and Joan were extremely appreciative of the recognition and respect shown by Newtown Jets. A big thank you to the Newtown Jets, in particular to the General Manager, Stuart McCarthy.

Rest in peace, Greg.

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