David Stewart (second from left

Brookswood rugby players pay tribute to coach

A man who loved playing and coaching rugby was remembered during a Celebration of Life at Brookswood Secondary.

David Stewart may be gone, but he’s not forgotten by the rugby players he mentored at Brookswood Secondary.

David’s former rugby team honoured him during his celebration of life held recently at BSS, where David coached rugby.

David’s grandfather had been an All Black and David’s father had been a trialist, however family commitments had precluded his full participation, his widow Ruth explained.

“David would discuss with me, the Brookswood players’ energy and focus in those days and was thrilled by how quickly they absorbed his suggestions,” Ruth said. “He so enjoyed coaching these young men and was proud of their teamwork.”

Ruth continued, “After the Celebration I was told that members of the team in full uniform, went on to the field and played a short game in his honour.”

To David’s players, Ruth said, “When he coached you, you were winners, playing for Brookswood. In my eyes you are winners still. I was unable to thank you then.

I thank you now.”

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On Saturday another celebration of life was held at Waimairi Surf Club in New Zealand.

And, according to David’s wishes, his ashes were scattered in Taylors Mistake Bay, near Christchuch.

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