Sadly we have recently lost a long-time friend and supporter of the Prahran Cricket Club, Patrick Coonerty.
Pat passed away on the morning of 11 March after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Pat was proud of his upbringing in Numurkah in the Goulburn Valley and adopted the Prahran Football Club and the Prahran Cricket Club as his when he moved to Melbourne in middle age.
He lived locally in Wrexham Street, Prahran for the next 35 years and was a long-time employee of Woolworths.
Pat would attend every First and Second Eleven match where he was well known and could always be found in his favourite position on the northern embankment. He followed the cricket with great interest and knew all the players by name.
He was a convivial man who was always ready for a chat. A man of simple tastes he preferred to pay in cash and had only recently taken up the use of a mobile phone.
Pat was a keen punter and would usually be found with his form guide and trusty transistor radio. He was an active and successful member of Punters Clubs at the Bush Inn (now the Toorak Hotel) and Spectrum, and a member of a syndicate at the football club which raced several horses.
He was also a keen bowler at the Toorak Bowling Club.
The club extends its deepest condolences to all Pat's friends and family.
You will be missed Pat, RIP!
Pat's funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday 24 March, Allison Monkhouse Brighton, 124 Carpenter Street, Brighton
(Thanks to Paul Taylor from the Prahran Football Club for some of the background above)