|Valé Patrick and Dorothy Gawthorne.
Following Pat’s passing last week, a day or two later Dorothy also passed away. They were very close and involved with each other’s interests all of their lives and it was probably appropriate that they kept it that way in the end!
Pat and Dorothy had a bold and influential presence in the formative years of the Moorabbin HC, and prior to that, in the Cheltenham HC. Their undying interest in our club’s fortunes were only dimmed by the passing years, though both have attended the Old Binner’s lunches in the past.
Pat Gawthorne played with Cheltenham HC then also Moorabbin HC, and his son – Peter, followed him into the game. Peter played with the Moorabbin club for many years whilst his sons Richard and Andrew played through junior ranks though did not continue for long into seniors.
Pat and Dorothy’s older daughter Betty, chose swimming instead and excelled as a water polo player. She moved to WA early in life, married Charlie Anderson and has lived there since. She was a welcome ‘visitor’ to the Old Binner’s most recent lunch.
To her credit, Dorothy was a strong supporter of whatever the family did and always helped in any way that she could. Her bright and effervescent personality was a counter to Pat’s more conservative nature. She was often the life of the party especially in the days before our now formal approach to club functions.
With the passing of Pat and Dorothy goes many memories of the earliest days of our history which would be routinely discussed whenever the opportunity arose! Being in their mid nineties they had a very long and active life. The Southern United HC offers sincere condolences to the extended Gawthorne family.
The funeral will be on Monday the 24th September at St Matthews Anglican Church at 161 Park Rd Cheltenham at 10am
Senior Presentation Night
The senior presentation night will be held on Friday 19th October at Milano’s Hotel in Brighton. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.trybooking.com/XWFC
October 14 Bunnings
We will be running another Bunnings BBQ on October 14th. Perfect after watching the AHL game on the 13th. Please nominate your time to help via http://bit.ly/bunningsbbq All help is greatly appreciated.