Vale Sir Nicholas Shehadie. Genuine @GallopingGreens and @qantaswallabies legend and great Australian. Insightful, gregarious, supportive man for the generations of Wicks players that followed him. Wrote his own epitaph. ‘A life worth living'.
Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE has died in hospital on Sunday night, aged 91-years-old.
Sir Nicholas represented the Wallabies 114 times, inducted into the Australian and International Rugby Union Hall of Fame. Born in Coogee and raised in Redfern, the Wallabies great played 30 Tests for Australia between 1947 and 1958 - a record at the time - with three of those coming as captain of the side, as well. Beloved of all at Randwick Rugby he played 175 first grade games in myrtle, initially as a 16 year old playing alongside Cyril Towers.
He went on to become the 75th Lord Mayor of Sydney in the 1970s before taking over as President of the Australian Rugby Union in the 80s.
His distinguished life of service continued with roles as President of the SBS, as Chairman of the Sydney Cricket and Sportground Trust and as husband and confidant to former NSW Governor Doctor Marie Bashir.
Sir Nicholas and Dame Bashir have three children and six grandchildren together.
Alan Jones has paid tribute to his longtime friend >>>...
“It’s going to leave a hole in the heart of many because people like Nick Shehadie don’t come along very often.”
"Sir Nicholas Shehadie improved everything he was involved with. He improved rugby as Wallaby captain, improved our city as Lord Mayor and even managed to improve SBS as its chairman."
Tony Abbot MHR