Kurri Kurri Rugby League life member Arthur 'Boxer' Bevan passes away, aged 89

GREAT CLUBMAN: Arthur Bevan played 195 games for the Kurri Kurri Rugby League Club from 1950 to 1963, including 124 in first grade.

GREAT CLUBMAN: Arthur Bevan played 195 games for the Kurri Kurri Rugby League Club from 1950 to 1963, including 124 in first grade.

Kurri Kurri Rugby League has lost one of its great characters with the passing of long-serving life member Arthur "Boxer" Bevan.

Arthur died on October 6, just three months short of his 90th birthday.

His cousin Greg Bevan said Arthur was a household name back in his playing days with Kurri Kurri and gave great service to the club he held near and dear.

"He came into grade at a young age back in 1950 and then continued to serve the club as a front rower for fourteen consecutive seasons until he moved from the district in 1963," Greg said.

"Fourteen seasons in the front row in that era was an incredible service and one which the club highly appreciated.

"He completed a total of 195 games for the club, 124 of those in first grade. He took on the unusual role for a prop forward being a very proficient goal kicker.

"Most goal kickers in those days were full backs, but Arthur broke the trend. He scored a total 450 points for the club from 20 tries and 195 goals.

"On two occasions he kicked 10 goals in a match, but he always maintained that his finest effort with boot was the three goals he kicked from difficult positions against Northern Suburbs in the wet which allowed Kurri to win 6-0. He had his own unique kicking style which proved very successful."

Arthur Bevan

Arthur Bevan

Greg said Arthur was a great clubman and was always there to assist in any way.

"He lent his hand to coaching and in 1960 coached the third grade to the final series. The following year he coached the reserve grade, and in both years was playing first grade while coaching at the same time. He was highly respected by both his teammates and opposition.

"Arthur was honoured by the club with life membership in 1961 when he completed 100 first grade games.

"In 1963 he left the district and joined Lakes United, where he played first grade for two seasons and then continued to serve after retiring as a player in the role of club treasurer.

"One of his unforgettable quotes was: 'In this day and age they play the game for money; back when we played, we had it much better as we all played for fun'."

Arthur is also remembered as a very intelligent man with a great ability in mathematics.

"He chose a career in mine surveying which required one to have a great grasp of numeracy. There was no modern technology in those days, so all was done by hand," Greg said.

"He was very successful in his vocation and over the years many a mine manager would call on his expertise to support the development and production within the mine.

"As his football days came to a close, he chose to assist the young surveyors coming through by sharing his knowledge at TAFE college. For a number years he taught surveying at night which was so beneficial to any young aspiring surveyor.

"In later years he decided to use his math talent once again by working for a tax consultant which he really enjoyed.

"He led a wonderful life and was always looking to help others."

Arthur is survived by his wife Tess, and daughters Lynne, Margaret, Kate and son John. He was blessed with six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.