The Newport Baseball Club lost an icon on 3 March 2016.
Graeme 'Dick' Murdoch passed away earlier this evening after a long and dignified fight.
Dick was awarded Life Membership in 1974; and held the position of Club President from 1980-86.
In addition, he was awarded the prestigious H 'Lal' Johnston Memorial award for 'Continuous Outstanding Service' in 1987 for his unending service to the Newport Baseball Club. Less than 10 people in the history of the club have been given this honour.
He was a long term committee member, 3rds and 4ths coach and he simply loved his club.
At the time of his passing he was still giving back to the club as a member of the Bob Milne Sub-Committe.
He was in fine form at our Heritage Day last November, he went out of his way several times to let me know that he was very proud of his club, and all of the people involved.
In addition to his club duties, he was also a Councillor with the Altona City Council/City of Hobsons Bay for a great number or years; and was Altona Mayor for a time.
I consider myself fortunate that I can call Dick a friend and mentor. Someone who was always quick with a smile and a word of wisdom. Someone I'm proud to look up to as an example of a Club great.
Sincere condolences to the Murdoch family - especially his brother Peter; himself a Life Member and former President.
Rest in Peace Dick
Newport Baseball Club