Some sad news about Larry Ward
We have some sad news to share with the passing of Larry Ward, who passed away peacefully after a long and courageous battle. Larry played several seasons with Mosman and coached the third grade team for two seasons.
Larry’s family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life to be held at the Church by the Bridge, cnr Broughton and Bligh Streets, Kirribilli on Wednesday 12th October, 2016 at 1pm.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Movember Foundation would be appreciated.
I think 1980 was Larry’s first with Mosman Rugby. It was a tough year for the club. The metropolitan comp had been revamped and Mosman faced a number of quality teams. Stone motherless last at the halfway point of the season, Mosman staged a remarkable second half turnaround with Larry to the fore. He had been promoted to firsts, proving unstoppable in the lower grades.
A big winger with a high knee action he was very difficult to tackle. He ran like a draft horse churning up the ground.
He had an unfortunate rather suspect tackling style, picked up from League, which could turn a tame game into a fiery encounter. An old League coach had told him: “they can’t run without heads.” More than a few opposition players were sure Larry’s parents had not been married and let him, and all and sundry, know.
Off the field he was also a big hit. He enjoyed a beer. Enjoyed quite a few in fact. I remember Mosman having a “back to school” party. People used a lot of imagination when dressing up – Larry included. He turned up in a dirty old overcoat. You can see it. A big man with long hair and a beard in a grubby old coat. He was the school flasher. The dirty old man. In one pocket he had a bag of lollies. The other I think had a hole in it and, to put it delicately, let’s say a vegetable of some kind.
Use your imagination. Those who made the mistake of asking what was under the coat, found out, with a quick flash, it was Larry as mother nature intended.
Funny man. Funny night. I can still see his smile and hear the giggles as he walked round the room opening that coat.
A big man – larger than life. A great character who lightened up a lot of lives.