The South Sydney Rabbitohs are mourning the passing of Life Member Roy Willmette who passed away yesterday from a stroke, aged 87.

Mr Willmette was a former player with South Sydney, playing seven second grade games and eight third grade games for the Club in 1950.

Mr Willmette would go on to become a Committee Member of the Club, a Team Manager, a volunteer, and most recently a gear steward right through to the 2000s.

Mr Willmette was a regular attendee and volunteer at player reunions, and would lead the team victory song in the dressing rooms after a win for many years.

Mr Willmette was awarded Life Membership of the Football Club in 1990. He also won the Albert Clift Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Club in 2003.

Mr Willmette is survived by his wife of 65 years, Beryl, and his two sons Robert and David.

Mr Willmette’s funeral will be held in the South Chapel, Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park, on Wednesday 17 August at 10am.

On behalf of everyone connected with the Rabbitohs, we offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr Roy Willmette.