Eastern Suburbs Football Association has lost a long serving member with the recent death of dual president Dudley Tinyow.
Dudley spent more than a quarter of a century providing his skill and knowledge to the Eastern Suburbs Football Association and the Eastern Suburbs Referees Association.
He was elected president of the Football Association in 1970 and re-elected in 1971 when he was also made president of the Referees Association, enabling him to bring both sides together for the betterment of the sport.
Dudley became involved with the referees in the early 1960s and in 1967 began a four year term as the Association Secretary before accepting the position of president in 1971 which he held for nine years.
Even when he stepped down in 1980, his services were still in demand and he became treasurer for that year, switching to vice-president when that role became vacant.
"He was always available to help either Association and was highly regarded as a fair and efficient referee," said former president Ted Simmons. "It was never a case of waiting until the next meeting for him to take action and he would seek out young and new referees to help them further their careers.’’
Ted continued to explain “Dudley was also a community worker and was well known and respected for his activities with Rotary, the RSL and other community areas and this was reflected by the big attendance at his funeral service at St Jude's Church, Randwick.
I never saw Dudley lose his temper or get involved in arguments. He was a fine example and a credit to the sport especially in a position where little praise is given."
The ESFA community is made up of history. Of people who have volunteered of their time in their passion for the growth of football and refereeing within the Eastern Suburbs.
Eastern Suburbs Football Association and Eastern Suburbs Football Association Referees Branch extend their condolences to Dudley’s family and friends and thank him for his valued and appreciated contribution to both football and refereeing.
Dudley Tinyow was 78 years old. RIP.