On Friday the 9th of August 2019 Merewether Surf Life Saving Club lost one of its esteemed Life Members Cliff Ireland. Cliff passed away last Friday aged 77 after more than 6 years battling cancer.
Cliff Ireland joined Merewether SLSC in 1957 and was made a Life Member in 1982.
Many members will know Cliffy as one of the ‘DidHeDieDidHe Club’, the group of older members who meet at the club every morning for a gym session, a swim and a cup of tea. However, older members will remember Cliffy as a dedicated member and active Surf Lifesaver who obtained his Surf Bronze Medallion in 1958.
Cliff was a member of Merewether’s National Championship winning March Past team in 1960 and was a successful Surf Boat rower who until his diagnosis at 71 years of age was still actively competing in Surf Boat rowing winning many World, National and State championships.
Others will remember Cliff as an outstanding Rugby League player who represented Newcastle against the touring Great Britain side in 1962, who won Grand Finals with South Newcastle Rugby League, who is a Life member and was named in the South Newcastle Rugby League Team of the Century.
Cliff will be remembered as a gentleman in the real meaning of the word and it is often said when referring to a nice person, “If he/she is not the nicest person in the world then they are in the Grand Final”.
Well the late Cliff Ireland was the Gold Medallist in that Grand Final….
Our condolences and love go out to Cliff’s wife Diane and his children Louise, Greg and Leanne and his many Grandchildren.
No more pain and be at peace Cliffy!
The Funeral Service to celebrate Cliff’s Life will be held at 2pm Friday 16/08/2019, Uniting Church – Glebe Road, Merewether.