Vale Rod Jenkins – A true Hurlo Hero
Vale Rod Jenkins – a true Hurlo Hero.
It is with much sadness that we have to let the Hurlstone Park Wanderers community know that sadly, our much loved volunteer and highly respected ground manager Rod Jenkins passed away on 2 January 2020.
Rod has been our most senior, most knowledgeable, most dedicated and most admired volunteer for more years than we care to remember. Rod and Pat are known to everyone in the Hurlstone Park Wanderers and CDSFA family. Pat in canteen and Rod out on the grounds making sure everything is just right.
Rod and Pat were made life members of HPWFC in 2017, and recognised by the CDSFA with the Cec Barlow Award for service in 2016. They have been part of our community for so long, and have given so much.
We have so many fond memories of Rod. It was legendary that no matter how early you got to the ground to help with set up, you would arrive to find that even the last pegs on the nets were already in. Rod spoilt us with his hard work, his attention to detail, and his early mornings. But also we remember his careful and calm approach to ground managing that ensured that any situation was handled with good will and warmth, his methodical approach to pack up and set up and his patience with those of us who were not quite as careful and systematic as him. We also thank him for his dedicated service throughout the season. At the beginning of the season, at the end of the season, during the week for deliveries, with keeping everything spick and span throughout, whenever there was a job that needed doing around the grounds or in the canteen or with the gear, Rod would quietly appear and it would already be done.
And we also remember Rod’s love of football. Even when he was not ground managing, you would often find him down at the park watching the games. He followed Hurlstone Park Wanderers and CDSFA teams in State Cup, Champion of Champions and in our own competition. He knew our teams, our players and our coaches. He loved a chat about the game and how our teams were doing. He would be there at the big games to follow our fortunes.
Rod’s health had suffered in the last few years, but he was such a stalwart and such a committed volunteer, that even after long periods in hospital he came back to his stamping ground, and was at the fields every weekend in the last season. A remarkable man and a good friend, who set the standard when it came to volunteering and being a member of the football community. We have lost a true gentleman and a local legend. He will be greatly missed.
Our deepest sympathy for Pat and family.
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