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The South Sydney Rabbitohs are in mourning today following the passing of Life Member Eileen McLoughlin yesterday aged 81, a lifelong South Sydney supporter, a proud Life Member of the Rabbitohs, a volunteer during good times and bad, and a much loved Member of the Rabbitohs staff.

Ms McLoughlin, or Nan as she became affectionately known, began as a volunteer with the Club in 1995, offering her services to the Club in any number of ways throughout the fightback years of 2000-01, and continued to help out around the Club up until her health didnt allow her to any longer in 2012.

Ms McLoughlin helped with the cleaning of the training facilities and the offices, worked on reception, worked in the Membership department, helped sell merchandise, helped organise functions - in fact - she helped across all areas of the Club for nearly two decades.

Travelling in to Redfern and Erskineville from the western suburbs of Sydney was never too much for Mrs McLoughlin, and everyone connected with the Rabbitohs throughout those years knew of her dedication and efforts for the Club she loved, and appreciated her for everything she did.

She would always take up her seat by the players tunnel at Rabbitohs games and cheer on her boys as they did their best to get over the opposition of a weekend, and she was always up for a chat about the weekends game or the super performance of a particular player during the week.

Ms McLoughlin was awarded the highest honour by the Club in 2002 when she was awarded Life Membership of the South Sydney Football Club, alongside two of the Rabbitohs legendary players in Brian James and Ivan Jones.

Ive been a Souths supporter since I was a little girl. Im red and green. Im one eyed, Ms McLoughlin said on the 1999 episode of the ABCs The Australian Story.

Oh its a fantastic club. They are. Theyre terrific to everybody.

Theyre great to the sick children, the old people. They're, theyre just a terrific club.

Im 67 years of age. I used to work for this company and they told me I was too old, shouldnt be working, to go and get a pension. Id worked for the company for 25 years.

Souths knew I was a crazy fan and they offered me some volunteer work here.

I come in here most days. Its lovely working in here.

Even though I dont get paid, they appreciate what I do and thats important to me. Thats made a big difference to my life.

I was cranky; I was crying all the time. Now Im happy, smiling and terrific.

Rabbitohs CEO Shane Richardson said: We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nan and we offer our condolences and support to her family and friends at this very difficult time.

Since I joined the Club in 2004, Nan was always one of the constant reminders of what this Club is all about.

She gave of her time and her passion selflessly, without question, to help this Club be everything that it is today.

She saw many of this Clubs premiership victories and great times, and she fought for it during its toughest periods, and for that we thank her.

Its fitting that she will always be remembered as a Life Member of our Club, and everyone at the Club will miss her.

Ms McLoughlin's funeral will be held at the Sacred Heart Parish at Rookwood Cemetary in Sydney on Monday 17 June at midday.
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