It is sadness that Waimea Old Boys Rugby Football Club (Inc.) convey the passing of long-time club stalwart and Life Member Gary Cullen.
Gary passed away peacefully at Nelson Hospital, on March 19th 2018, at the age of 62, far too young for a good man.
Gary’s Life was celebrated at his favourite Rugby Clubrooms, Waimea Old Boys, on Monday 26th March.
Gary was a passionate Waimea man who even after becoming a Life Member in 2001 continued to give back to his club right to the very end.
He will long be remembered and go down in history as a man committed whole heartedly to his club.
Following is a transcript of what Duane Whiting (Past President) and Board member conveyed to those at Gary’s service, and a brief summary of Gary’s involvement at that.
Gary Cullen’s Funeral
It is an honour and privilege to be speak on behalf of Waimea Old Boys a little bit about the man we all know and what Gary has achieved for the club over a very long period of time.
We would like to pass on our deepest condolences to the family especially Betty and Geoffery, Jana, Jeff, Brenton and Rebecca and his four grandchildren that he adored, Darryl, Jonathan, Gordon, Kelvin, Sharleen, Raewyn and the extended family.
Gary was made a Life Member in 2001 of our club and this acknowledgement is not given out lightly. Gary is one person that is certainly deserving of the status of being a life member with over 50 years of involvement within the club.
Gary’s involvement started in his youth years playing all his Junior Rugby for WOB, he came back to the club after returning to Nelson and played in the U/20’s. In 1974 & 1975 he was part of the championship winning U/20 teams. He played Senior A & B Rugby in late 70’s & early 80’s and was part of the 1978 Championship winning Senior A teams along with 1982 Championship Senior B team and finished his playing career sometime in the mid 80’s.
When he finished playing rugby he joined varies committees right through to 2017.
During this time he held various roles including Vice President under Zane Beloe 1991 & 1992, Club Captain around 1995 & 1996 and President for 5 years from 1998 to 2003. He also held the role of COD to Nelson Bays right up until 2016.
Whenever vege’s were required for functions or after matches Gary would offer and organise at no cost to the club and if there was a need for someone to help out behind the bar he would be first to put his hand up.
Gary will be sorely missed from the Waimea family and his total dedication and endless hours that he committed are irreplaceable. His wise words and knowledge of the constitution and doing things by the book are a credit to his integrity. At all times Gary had the Club first and this I’m sure will be acknowledged by members of the Nelson Bays COD and WOB committee members.
On a personal note I will miss our chats and discussions about obviously about rugby and the future of the club, along with family and life in general.
The far corner by the bar will not be the same with another stanch Life Member leaving us today. Rest assured Gary that the club is in good hands and we will endeavour to provide good leadership and direction for the Waimea Old Boy Rugby Football Club, the club that you have dedicated a big part of your life