The South Sydney Rabbitohs are mourning the passing of Life Member, Neville John Cameron, who passed away on Friday from complications caused by diabetes, aged almost 94.
Mr Neville Cameron was a remarkable man in many ways. He was related to Dave Woods, who played for Souths in 1938 and 1943, and he was also a prominent pro-running coach. Woods coached Cameron for pro-running and his son, Dave Woods Jnr, played with Cameron at North Sydney (lower grades).
Mr Cameron also served in the Australian Army as a member of the peacekeeping police post-war in Japan, and in the early 1960s, he worked for Australia Post and was also team manager of Chelsea United JRLFC.
He had a long association with the Rabbitohs, serving on many club committees. He was on the Club's Schools’ Committee in 1966-96, the Social Committee in 1973-76, and the Dressing Room Security in 1981-95.
Mr Cameron was inducted as a Life Member of the South Sydney Football Club at the 86th Annual General Meeting held at the South Sydney Leagues Club in Redfern on 12th December 1993. He was also honored with life membership of the Police Rugby League, where he served in many roles. Former Rabbitohs captain, Craig Coleman, later recalled in one of his yarns that Cameron lived in the high-rise apartments at Redfern and Police would come to his place to take him to their games (where he was time-keeper), and his neighbours thought he was a repeat offender criminal to be picked up so often by the cops.
More recently, Mr Cameron had his leg amputated but never complained about his eventful life, and when the Men of League committee visited him he recalled his many adventures and many people like Keith ‘Yappy’ Holman and Bernie Purcell, whom he attended school with at St Peters Catholic School.
Mr Cameron’s funeral will be held next Wednesday, 11 August, at Mount Carmel Church, Waterloo at 10:30 am. Unfortunately, only a maximum of ten members of the congregation are allowed at all funerals, but anyone can go on their website and watch the funeral in Livestream.
On behalf of everyone connected with the Rabbitohs, we offer our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr Neville Cameron.