It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of one of our great past players and Life Member, Colin ‘Freddy’ Tippett – a true heart and soul St Mary’s person who loved his football, his cricket and his lifelong friends.
We invite you to leave your tribute to Colin below.
“Reading the tributes has meant so much to me and the family and we greatly appreciate all the support. Dad always spoke highly of his times at the club….” Jo Tippett
LIVE STREAM FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS
The funeral for Colin Tippett will be held on Thursday October 22 at 10.30am. Colin’s family invites everyone to attend the funeral via a live stream. A Celebration of Colin’s life will be held at a later date for extended family and friends.
Colin Tippett played 191 games for St Mary’s between 1964-1980. He was club captain in 1973 and was an A Grade Premiership Player in 1980 under coach and lifelong friend Neil Le Lievre.
Like many in his era, Colin lived locally and came up through our junior teams. As a 14 year-old he was a part of the 1964 U/16 Premiership team, alongside Rob Skinner, David Chessell and John Martello, and coached by John Mason. He captained the 1966 U/16 team, playing alongside Alan Martello, Phil Tyler and David Jones, and coached by Dick Hooker.
‘Freddy’ graduated from the juniors and quickly became a stalwart in the seniors as a tough and skillful half back and half forward. Colin would also play four seasons at Tooronga Malvern, and returned to St Mary’s for his final season of football in the premiership year of 1980.
Colin also served the club with distinction off the field, and was club treasurer from 1981-1982, and was on the Committee for a number of years.
Colin was awarded the honour of Club Life Membership in 1983, and thus became the club’s 25th Life Member – a fitting recognition of his wonderful contribution to the St Mary’s Football Club.
Back in the days before our current club rooms, when we operated out of a small shed situated in what is now the car-park, post match drinks were always held at the Tippett family home – the famous catch cry after every home game was “It’s back to Tippett’s!” Colin fully enjoyed the social life of our football club and the lifelong friendships that he made.
Colin also played cricket for St Mary’s Cricket Club for around 15 years, and contributed to three premierships.
Colin was a heart and soul St Mary’s person, and made many welcome appearances in recent years at Past Player gatherings and reunions.
The St Mary’s Salesian AFC Committee, Players, Life Members, Supporters and Past Players extend our sincere condolences to Colin’s family and to his many friends at the club.