Tribute to Elizabeth (Liz) Wilson
All present and past officials, supporters and players of the Caulfield Grammarians Football Club (CGFC) are mourning the loss of Elizabeth (Liz ) Wilson who died last Wednesday 26 April 2017.
Liz was the devoted wife of the late John (JA) and the loving mother to their 3 children Cameron, Louise, and Anthony to whom we extend our condolences. JA played 84 games and coached over 200 games and Cameron played 82 games for CGFC.
When Liz married JA in the 1950’s little did she know she was also marrying the CGFC. Liz was a constant at the football from that time in supporting JA, helping with functions and all sorts of activities and became Co-Patron in 2007 when JA passed away. Her fierce loyalty, dedication and passion for all things CGFC was clearly evident to all she met and she would never hear a bad word said about the Club. She was also a great diplomat dealing with all the different and sometimes difficult personalities at the Club. Liz always said her greatest moment at CGFC was winning the 1970 A Grade (now Premier Division) premiership after disappointments in losing the 1967 and 1968 grand finals. The celebrations were said to have gone on for weeks if not months.
At the start of each season she would want to know new players and how the teams would perform that year. Her wonderful support was amazing and unwavering until her untimely death.
As well are being Co-Patron of CGFC, Liz was a long standing contributor to the Caulfield Grammarians Association (CGA) having worked as secretary at the CGA office from 1977 to 1991. Even after her official retirement, Liz returned to the CGA office many times to assist with her great knowledge of the organisation and its members. Her hard work, efficiency, good humour and delightful personality endeared her to many generations of Grammarians and to the greater Caulfield Grammar community. As a result of her unfailing and outstanding service to the CGA and its affiliate bodies for such a long period, Liz was made a Fellow of the CGA.
In addition to Liz’s exceptional service to the CGFC & CGA, her contribution to the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) through voluntary service in areas of the VAFA’s administration has been acknowledged. Over many years with JA, a VAFA Life Member, Liz added her secretarial skills and expertise to numerous VAFA projects and following JA’s passing continued to support the VAFA administration on many occasions during and after each season. Events such as annual dinners and celebratory gatherings would find Liz offering her assistance due to her knowledge and wonderful ability to deal with people respectfully. There are many “amateur members” across all levels who valued Liz’s advice, friendship and encouragement. Tributes from past VAFA Presidents,
Executive members, staff and from amateur football followers in general have been forthcoming since the sad news of her passing.
Liz Wilson epitomised the VAFA’s catch-cry - For The Love Of The Game.
Our Liz Wilson was one of a kind and she will be greatly missed at the Club. Life will never be the same without Liz at the football.
Compiled by Warwick Watson with the assistance of Geoff Reilley.