VALE Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE
1926 - 2018
State Funeral
St James Church 173 King St Sydney
Wednesday 21 February 2018
commencing at 10am
There will be no seating available in the church.
Representatives of organisations and members of the public are welcome to attend and view the service from an adjacent area.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
Wayside Chapel
or AIME Mentoring

TRIBUTES have poured in for former Wallaby great and ex-Sydney Lord Mayor Sir Nicholas Shehadie, who died on Sunday aged 91.

Among those to pay their respects was fellow ex-Wallaby Simon Poidevin who lauded his career and post career achievements.

He said there would be no Rugby World Cup without Sir Nicholas, who persuaded rugby union top brass to back the event in the 1980s.

“He was a great friend, I spoke to him just three weeks ago when I was awarded the AM,” the Coogee-based former Wallaby said. “What people need to remember is that without Nick and Dick Littlejohn (his New Zealand counterpart) there would be no Rugby World Cup.”

Sir Nicholas, a former Coogee resident, was the manager for Australia’s tour to the UK in 1981/82. “He was an incredible person to have around,” Mr Poidevin said.

“It was a privilege for everyone in that party to be around a man of that character. He was regarded as a god everywhere we went on that tour.

“He had a great sense of humour and a great connection with the players. He obviously had his own history as a player and so he was someone everyone admired and looked up to.

“On that tour I remember rolling into Buckingham Palace and Nick presented the players, he loved that type of thing. He always set an example for others to follow.”

The son of Lebanese immigrants, Sir Nicholas was born in 1926 and grew up in Coogee and joined the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club.

He began playing for Randwick as a teenager and was quickly identified as a powerful forward. He went on to play more than 100 times for Australia before entering public office. He was Lord Mayor of Sydney and was married to Marie Bashir, the former Governor of NSW. He also served as chairman of SBS from 1981 to 1999.

Former Wallabies coach and Randwick club president Bob Dwyer said it was a privilege to have known him. “The phrase ‘walk with kings but never lose the common touch’ — that was him all over.

“I know people always say this but his funeral will be a celebration of his life. He achieved so much and gave so much back.”

Throughout his life he maintained his connection with Randwick and was a guest speaker at a special function a couple of years ago.

“He was extremely relaxed and good fun to be around,” Mr Dwyer said. “He was an absolute pleasure to spend time with.

“He always wanted to help others and remained a humble man.”

Sir Nicholas’ family have been offered a state funeral.

Ben James, Southern Courier
February 12, 2018 6:22pm

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