It is sad to report that Gerry Craig died peacefully last week. He had been in care for the past few years with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Gerry emigrated from Ireland in 1974 and became a fixture in the front row of 1st Grade as well as a character around the club. After training on each Thursday, he could be found in the corner of the bar with his front row compatriot Ron Pearce discussing the intricacies and nuances of front row play. He was also the teller of great stories, usually against himself as he navigated his new country.
He was a member of the 1978 team that won Moorabbin’s first Dewar Shield Premiership and continued in 1st Grade until his knees gave out after the 1983 season.
Gerry worked in insurance when he was in Ireland and upon arriving in Australia, he thought that he’d do something different, so, he went fencing with Dave Crowther, a club mate. After three weeks of fencing, he went back to insurance where he worked for his entire career.
He developed a love for the Australian bush and love to backpack and camp, he and Pam had a home at Gaffney’s Creek which was his refuge from the city.
Pam and Gerry
Gerry continued supporting the club and up until he went into care, he was on often on the sidelines at home matches with his mates.
The club extends is deepest sympathies to Pam and family for their loss. Gerry was a great bloke and will be missed by his teammates, friends and family.
The funeral service will be held in Warragul at 11am on Thursday 14th July at the Neilsen Funeral Chapel, 2 Korumburra Road, Warragul. It's opposite the Warragul Hospital just off the freeway.
The Service will also be live-streamed. To view Gerry’s Service please visit: https://www.nielsenfunerals.com.au
Pam and family have requested for club members to be his pallbearers and we'll make sure that this wish is undertaken.
For more of Gerry’s story with the club, please click the link below
Gerry Craig (aka Irish)