Passing of life member Gary Best

Gary Best (right)

Gary Best (right) with Barry Farrow

The VFUA is saddened to report the passing of life member Gary Best (right, below).

Gary was promoted to the VFL list of goal umpires in 1985 following an outstanding career with Southern Umpires Association.

His 1986 VFL senior debut earned him Heritage No. 207 and over the next decade he umpired 92 VFL/AFL matches including the 1991 AFL Elimination Final. He also officiated in the 1989 and 1993 Ansett Cup Grand Finals, 57 VFL/AFL Reserves, 26 VFL U19s and 6 VFA matches.

One of his off-field occupations was as a caterer and it was in this role that he supported a number of VFUA functions, in particular the grand final balls held at the Malvern Town Hall. Gary became a life member of the VFUA and AFLUA in 1994, his retirement year.

Gary William Best passed away 16 August 2017, aged 68. His outgoing, cheery personality, big smile and bright outlook on life will be missed by all who knew him.

Vale Besty.

Funeral details:
Patterson River Fire Station, 37 McLeod Road, Carrum on FRIDAY (Aug. 25, 2017) at 11.00 a. m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on the day. A Fireman’s Funeral. A Private Cremation.