The MCC is saddened by the passing of Geoff Swan MBE OAM ED, just shy of his 93rd birthday.
Geoff was awarded an Certificate of Merit in 1992 for his contribution to MCC cricket and the Melbourne Football Club. The Certificate of Merit is one of the club’s highest honours, recognising those MCC members who had rendered outstanding service to the club.
On the cricket front he followed his son Glenn, a 1975/76 1st XI premiership player, down to the Albert Ground and a short time later became First XI team manager, a post he held for 14 seasons.
Whether he held an official position or not, Geoff was a constant at the Albert Ground watching the Demons play on a Saturday afternoon, lending assistance wherever possible and generally being a dedicated supporter right up to last cricket season.
Geoff began his association with the Melbourne Football Club in 1950 and joined the committee 1960 and, in 1971, was awarded Life Membership of Melbourne FC.
He undertook many roles at the football club including chairman of the Social Committee, assistant to the secretary, secretary of the social committee and managed many end-of-season trips.
Geoff was immensely popular with the players who respected the efforts he made on their behalf for their enjoyment.
In the MCC’s 1992/93 Annual Report, printed not long after Geoff received his Certificate of Merit award, he said:
“I have no particular claim to fame, but I think it is a safe bet that I’m the only man to have been team manager of Melbourne premierships in both footy (1964) and cricket (1981/82)”.
Outside of sport, Geoff, having served throughout World War II, later become a Colonel in the Citizens Military Forces (or Army Reserve as it was later known). He had a long association with Legacy, having been supported by that organisation when, at a young age, his father died.
Joining Legacy in 1972, he undertook an enormous number of hours of social service work and served a term as president of Melbourne Legacy in 1992. A great man who will be sadly missed by many.
Our sympathies are extended to Glenn and family.
The funeral will be held on Monday, May 27 at 2.00 pm at Christ Church South Yarra, 677 Punt Road, South Yarra.