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As the hearse prepared to pull away slowly along Flinders Street through a guard of honour formed by Melbourne players donning blazers presented to them by Stynes just days before his death, cheers erupted from Federation Square.

Sam Stynes blew kisses and waved to the thousands of mourners gathered as she [and her children including son Tiernan, and daughter Matisse, above] got into the funeral car. The claps from the crowd – which numbered at least 16,000, according to state government estimates – began quietly but quickly rose to meet the volume of St Paul’s bell as they rang out.

Then came three cheers, more applause and whistles for the much-loved man who had come from Ireland as a teenager and adopted Melbourne as his home.

 

‘All A Bad Dream’: Widow Farewells Jim Stynes At emotional Melbourne Funeral (The Age)

Previously: If You’d Like To More About Jim Stynes

Thanks Mark Geary

The footballer who wanted to make a difference to young people is still doing it, half a world away. His smiling face, with the date of his birth and death, is now on a wall beside the security pad in the entrance hall that all the students swipe into every day.

Mr Balfe, who taught [Jim] Stynes geography and coached him on the senior rugby team, said: “He was a tall, thin man and he didn’t have the bullish strength for rugby. His two brothers were better rugby players because they had more power. He was better at Aussie Rules.

 

(Crispin Rodwell for The Age)
Thanks Kevin Whitty

Jim Stynes [former Dublin Minor footballer, above back row second left in 1984] came from Ireland to Australia as an untried teenager and went on to break the Australian Football League’s consecutive games record, win the Brownlow Medal in 1991 and become Melbourne president.

 

Jim Stynes Dead At 45 (The Age)

Greatest Story Aussie Rules Has Ever Known (Irish Independent)

(Robert Banks)

Thanks Mark Geary