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“Absolute legend of a man”

Queenscliff is mourning the death of Bill Comerford. (Image supplied)

QUEENSCLIFF is mourning the death of club icon Bill Comerford.

A life member of the Coutas, Comerford died on Wednesday at the age of 92 following a battle with illness.

Comerford never took to the field for Queenscliff, but his impact off the field on the club and the wider community was profound.

Outgoing senior coach Steve Clark labelled Comerford “an absolute legend of a man”.

“He was one of the very, very best you would ever come across,” Clark said.

“He made a massive contribution to not only our sporting clubs but the community in general.

“He and his wife Peg have been unbelievable for us over a number of years.”

Comerford played a key role with the Queenscliff Community Sports Club and the redevelopment of the Monahan Centre and the upgraded Queenscliff Sports Precinct.

He and Peg, also a life member of the Coutas, were long-time organisers of Thursday night meals and also catered the half-time President’s function.

A great supporter of junior sport, Queenscliff presents The Comerford Award to a footballer and netballer “who embody the spirit of their club and their sport”.

He also served six years as secretary between 1995-2000.

“Bill took on the role of Secretary at a time when the club was struggling badly, on and off the field,” current secretary Peter Callahan wrote on Facebook.

“He played a major role in turning the club around and building it back up to the position of strength it is today.

Comerford was honoured for his service to the community with OAM in 2011.

“There are many, many other examples of Bill’s contribution to the Coutas, but mostly he will be remembered as a friendly face, always there at training and game days, always prepared to lend a hand and always with an encouraging word and a positive attitude,” Callahan said.

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