Thought this was an appropriate time and place to record the passing of a long term Eagles supporter. My father died Feb 4 this year after a long life, making it to 93. He became a Sea Eagles fan having moved into the area when he bought one of the defence service-built homes in the 1960s (formerly a North Sydney supporter having grown up in Northbridge). In the late 60s-early 70s he took me to Brookie of a Sunday, or sometimes out to the SCG for the Saturday match of the day if Manly were playing. We sat on the white timber benches around the fence on the hill side for the 1972 and 1973 Grand final victories. He was a season ticket holder at Brookie for several seasons in the 1980s. Bit disappointed the opening game of the first season after his passing was not a win, but on the other hand the last game he was around for was our victory over the Sharks at the end of last season.