Rugby league farewells Bemboka’s Dave Wilton

Updated: August 11, 2017

By Alasdair McDonald / Bega District News

Rugby league has lost one of its great stewards with the tragic death of Bemboka’s Dave Wilton, while watching Sunday’s game against Cooma, at the age of 80 from a heart attack.

 His wife Elaine, daughter Carolyn and son Graham said the stalwart of the game was at his favourite place, the football.

“We did everything together, we went to the football together, and worked together. ” Elaine said.

“He always loved footy, I think his first blazer was a ‘52 with Bemboka.

“He just loved the camaraderie, and later in life he was a selector in the Country Rugby League, on the judiciary and a selector of referees.

“It came from the respect he showed everybody.”

Graham said people were drawn to his father’s honesty.

“He would tell people what was up, he was a straight shooter. If he didn’t agree with something about football, he’d tell you straight,” he said.

“He’d order the refs a beer at the pub after the game and tell them what they got wrong.

“I’ve met so many people through the game because of him.”

It was Dave’s passion for the game of rugby league that helped foster many young player’s careers, including dual first grade grand finalist Wayne Collins.


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