Vale – John “Timmy” Stuart (Men of League member) – A true gentleman in every sense of the word
Vale – John “Timmy” Stuart
A true gentleman in every sense of the word
1 July 1942 – 22 September 2015
John “Timmy” Stuart (Men of League member) was born in Alexandra which is still right in the middle of the famous South Sydney rugby league territory and like his Dad, Reginald, he was called Timmy by all his mates and friends. Sadly Timmy, with his loved ones around him, passed away peacefully at the Mater Hospital, Sydney after battling a number of sicknesses in recent years.
At a young age Timmy showed all the signs of becoming an accomplished rugby league player and was able to develop his skills by playing all of his junior rugby league days with the renowned Alexandria Rovers Junior Rugby League Football Club; playing fearless games in the front row, Timmy’s ability was quickly noted by the ever observant South Sydney Junior Rugby League representative team selectors and he was selected in the premiership winning South Sydney President Cup teams in 1962 and 1963 under the Master Coach, the late Clem Kennedy. Obviously like every other kid in the South Sydney area, Timmy wanted to play for the South Sydney District Rugby League Club and he achieved that dream when he was graded and played for South Sydney from 1963 to 1967. However his desire to play first grade for South’s was prevented by an abundance of international quality front rowers at the club, so he took up an offer to play for the Newtown District Rugby League Football Club in 1968 and played 4 first grade games along with many third and reserve grade games.
A butcher by trade, Timmy had the personality to gain the respect and friendship of those who were fortunate enough to pass his way and to be included amongst his group of friends. Apart from his family and rugby league he had a real passion for horse racing and was a regular attendee at the racetracks in Sydney.
Timmy will be sadly missed by his wonderful family comprising of his loving wife Maree, daughters Justine, Rebecca, Monique and Yvette, sons Josh (ex NRL player) and Tim, son-in-law’s including Jason Death and Ivan Cleary both prominent NRL identities, 19 grandchildren plus his sisters Yvonne, Margaret and their spouses plus the many of us in the public and sporting community who had the pleasure of his company and friendship.
A funeral service will be held for Timmy at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Lagoon Street Narrabeen on Monday 28 September 2015 at 10:30am, followed by a wake at the Collaroy Services Beach Club 1058 Pittwater Road Collaroy from 12pm and the family invite all to attend.