Vale Mark Bryant OAM
It is with great sadness that we advise that current Senior Mixed Football Committee member Mark Bryant, passed away after a short illness on August 9th. He was just 65 years of age.
Mark has been a member of this committee for over 10 years and in that time has been a strident and passionate driver behind Over 30, Over 35 and Over 45 Senior Mixed football. It is largely due to Mark’s efforts that in 2017 we have 45 Over 45 teams participating in our competition.
Mark’s other significant contributions to the NSFA community were his 30-odd years of service as President of Lane Cove West and his work in framing the revised Constitution under which NSFA now operates.
Mark was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his services to Cerebral Palsy.
Mark will be sorely missed by many, many people in NSFA. Our understanding is that Mark will be farewelled in a private ceremony.
Our sincerest condolences go to Anne and their children Julia and David.
Former NSFA Treasurer and CEO Howard Mann was one of Mark’s closest friends and has penned the below tribute to Mark. Mark is on the right of the accompanying photo.
Earlier this morning Mark finally succumbed to his battle with cancer.
Mark was one of my closest friends and I will miss him deeply.
I first met him in the offices of Arthur Andersen & Co on Bridge St in Sydney in 1985. I had just transferred from the UK. Without so much as an hello, Mark asked what I was doing on Saturday afternoon. Hesitantly I replied “nothing, why?” “3pm at Blackman” and there started my 30+ years of playing alongside Mark.
In that time we have both enjoyed enormously the friendship of many teammates. From time to time we have even enjoyed success !!!
Mark also enjoyed organising various issues associated with football. I asked him on one occasion why he did this. Quite candidly he said “if I organise the game I get to play….”.
He contributed heavily to the NSFA (KDSA at the time) starting over age football. Initially with the O30s and closely followed by O35s and O45s. In recent times Mark has organised O60s invitational matches which have been thoroughly enjoyed by all involved.
Also he was fundamental to the re-writing of the NSFA Constitution to bring it into line with current practices. I benefitted greatly from this document when in the role of CEO of NSFA in 2016.
In recent years I joined Mark on our international expansion of LCWFC. Initially playing under the name of Barbagians in Turin (WMG 2013) & Nice (EMG 2015) then LCWFC in Auckland (WMG 2017).
Barbagians (from Sardinia) have a life creed which states “Move, Relax, Eat, Drink, Belong, Believe”. In some ways this relates very closely to Mark's own.
Although we always had much more fun than success in our international endeavours we did come home with the gold medal for O50s in Nice. The attached photo shows Mark and I in a moment to be savoured. This is the way I'll remember him.
Mark was also instrumental in his non-football life. Leading the first Australian forensic accounting unit at Andersen and as a Director at Cerebral Palsy Alliance. As many of you will have enjoyed, Mark orchestrated weekend Tennis and New Year's cricket which was a focal point of Mark's and family and friends. Mark also loved music and literature.
Mark is survived by his wife, Anne, his daughter Julia, and his son, David.
Should you wish to leave memories you can do so at http://mark.bryant.muchloved.com/