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OBITUARY - STAN FOSTER

 

With regret we report the passing away of our oldest Life Member - Stan Foster, who was known and respected by all in the Senior Club and many in the Junior Club as well.

 

Stan joined Eden in the late 1920's as a young junior player proceeding through the ranks and was a valued team member to two undefeated teams - the 1940 4th Grade team and the 1941 3rd Intermediate. Team mates of Stan's through this era were the Lydiard brothers, Arthur and Wally. Most of these lads from the 1941 team enlisted and Stan saw service in the Pacific and served on Catalina Flying Boats, flying many missions rescuing downed pilots from the ocean. At war's end he was back at Eden and played in a team in the senior grades made up of players returning from the war and getting together again.

 

He soon after found his niche as an Administrator and served on many Management Committee's through the 50's, 60's and 70's. He filled many positions in this time and was heavily involved in the Club's move from Parrish Road to Gribblehirst Park. In 1964 he travelled to Noumea with the Senior team on what was the Eden Club's first team to tour overseas. While there he organised a group of most of the team to travel to Bouraille to the NZ War Cemetery there, which touched many of the lads. In fact the only member who didn't make the trip were those getting treatment at the hospital after a torrid game against the National Side. In 1981 he toured again with the Golden Oldies to the Los Angeles festival and this time he took his beloved Marge.

 

Into the more recent years most of us are aware of Stan's many involvements in the Club. These included his heavy involvement in the Old Boys Assn, the sending of young men to Outward Bound and right up to the last couple of years his carrying any small (and not so small!) maintenance jobs around the Club. He was always supporting Club teams and had a brief sojourn as Senior Coach in the 1950's so he was very knowledgeable on the game. He had a forté of organising jubilees, team reunions and any activity which would bring former players back to celebrate their playing days.

 

His last was just weeks ago and involved the 1954 Senior team, the first from Eden, that was promoted to the Senior A ranks and this was in conjunction with the aforementioned 1964 team that went to Noumea. 

 

From here unfortunately it was downhill for the old fella and he had to learn of the passing of his second son David whilst in Auckland Hospital. Perhaps this took the last vestiges of fight from Stan and he succumbed to the complication of pneumonia brought on by this other afflictions that had seen him admitted to hospital.

 

Stan Foster - A legend in his time and we the Club salute and thank him for his legacy.

 


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