RIP Bruce Yaldwyn
Bruce was a devoted Manly supporter and my mate for 50 years.
Bruce was born on 23/7/1952 and grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. He was the school sports champion for athletics at 12 years old while attending Brookvale Public School, with his name appearing on the honour roll.
While at Manly Boys High he played basketball, and once again became the School Sports Champion for athletics (running, hurdles and high jump).
Bruce played rep football for Manly throughout his teens, first playing on the wing and was the goal kicker for the team. He played in the centres for South Curl Curl where his centre partner was a young Terry Randall. He was coached by legendary Seaeagle Rex Mossop.
Bruce was a good surfer and after serving in the NSW Fire Brigade at Narrabeen Fire Station for a number of years he left Sydney to settle in the Ballina area where he and his wife raised their three children. Bruce was an organic macadamia farmer up until 6 years ago when he became a real estate agent specializing in rural properties.
Bruce passed away, in his sleep, at the end of May, from complications due to pneumonia.
Apart from being manly tragics and surf mates, Bruce and I shared, amongst other things, a love of 60s & 70s music, on vinyl, and we spent one night each week listening to music together, mostly at his place because he had a phenomenal hi fi system and a larger collection of LPs.
I'll miss you my friend .... Go Manly