Bert Gardner AM.MBE.RFD.RD. RANR(Rtd)
3/6/1925 to 24/8/2016
Bert had along relationship with football in the St George district starting in the 1940’s when he and his mates from the Scouting movement formed a team known as Illawarra Rovers and played in the local St George competition.
In 1952 Bert played in the St George District 1st Grade team that played in the NSW State League and played until the end of the 1955 season when he retired.
When his sons, Ken and Ross started to play for the Sans Souci Club in 1958 Bert became involved in the administration and was President from 1962 to the end of 1965 and was elected a Life Member in that year.
He was elected President of the St George Association for the 1965 season and served until the end of 1969. One lasting legacy from his time as President was that he introduced the photo ID system that was quickly adopted by every other association and still exists to this day.
Bert’s love of football never went away and in 1987, at the age of 62 he decided to become a referee. He served as Appointments officer in 1988 and was Honorary Secretary from 1989 to 1995. He retired from refereeing in 1996.
Bert was also active in many other sporting and community groups.
He is a Life Member of the following organisations:
Sans Souci Soccer Club
Orana Ski Club
Perisher Ski Patrol
NSW Ski Association
Australian Ski Federation
RSL Australia, Cronulla Sub Branch
He is a Life Governor of the Police Citizens Youth Clubs and a Life Councillor for Scouts Australia NSW Branch. Bert’s long association with the Scouting movement saw him awarded the Silver Kangaroo, the highest award the Scouts have in 1981.
Bert’s contribution to sporting and community groups was officially recognised in 1979 when he was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) and again in 1986 when he was awarded an AM (Member of the Order of Australia).
In 2008 Bert became Bond University’s oldest ever graduate when he graduated with a Masters Degree in International Relations.
Despite all of these achievements Bert still was able to be an incredibly loving and caring family man. He is survived by his 4 children, Jan, Ken, Ross and Jill, 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.