Colts club mourns the loss of their loved president
PETER Martin was more than Colyton Colts Junior Rugby League Club president. He was the game.
Mr Martin (pictured), 63, better known as Shag among the league fraternity, lost his year-long battle with cancer last Thursday.
The Colts sadly announced the news on Facebook:
“Pete will be missed on game days but I’m sure he will be in the heaven above looking down cheering on every Colts team as he has done for many years,” the club posted.
“The Godfather may be gone but he will never be forgotten ...”
Reserve grade coach Paul Dick said Mr Martin had been his close friend since they met 18 years ago.
“Ever since then, I’ve been to every birthday and family gathering he’s had,” Mr Dick said.
“He was so well-respected and liked.
“He was just a special person.”
Mr Martin had struggled after being diagnosed with cancer mid last year.
“It hit him pretty hard but he took it head-on,” Mr Dick said.
“I just lost my dad a few weeks ago and he was always calling me to see how I was going.
“He’s just ‘the man’ – and he’s irreplaceable.”
Mr Martin and the Colts had just celebrated the club’s 40th anniversary.
Mr Martin was awarded life membership of the Penrith and Districts Junior Rugby League at the league’s presentation on September 14.
The long-time president was credited with helping to establish the club’s A-grade side in 1980.
He also served the club in a thousand ways, including as a trainer, ground manager, barbecue cook, canteen server, field marker and dressing room cleaner.
While at first he struggled to remember names, Mr Dick said Mr Martin knew every name of the club’s 300 or so members. “He will be sorely missed not only in football but as a friend.”