Vale – Alan J Berry

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Alan J Berry on Wednesday 22 March 2017, a life member of the Essendon Hockey Club and a long standing leader in the Australian hockey community.

Alan played in our earliest A Grade premierships in 1952 and 1955, was captain coach in premiership years from 1960 – 1965, he also played in the 1968 winning team.  He represented Victoria as a player on numerous occasions.

Alan was Chairman of the Club from 1970 to 1980 and was made a life member in 1990, he was President of the VHA and AHA and attended three Olympic games as the manager of the Australian Men’s Team.

Alan’s contribution to Essendon’s hockey success and his leadership in growing hockey as a sport can not be understated.

Alan was very highly regarded and admired as a player, a leader, a mentor, a coach and an administrator by his team mates and opposition alike.

During this sad time we fondly reflect on the enormous influence the combination of Alan and his late wife Betty had on our lives in the development of the club we know today as Essendon.

Our condolences are offered to Ian, Sue, Stephen and their families.

For information regarding the funeral, please check newspapers over coming days.