Best described as a one Club woman, Mascot was that Club for Dawn. Dawn’s association with Mascot commenced over 50 years ago when her husband to be, Ken Dearling played and was a Committee member of the Club. Dawn and Ken married and had five children, with the four boys all playing for Mascot.
Dawn was a member of Mascot’s Ladies Auxiliary from the time of its formation. The Auxiliary conducted the Mascot Oval kiosk and raised funds from social functions etc., to aid the Club’s younger teams.
Despite being left to raise a young family when Ken passed away in the early 70’s, Dawn still found the time to take the kids to games and work tirelessly in the Mascot Oval kiosk, as well as assist in other fund raising ventures.
Dawn later became President of the Ladies Auxiliary, in which capacity she remained until it folded. Thereafter she continued to work in the kiosk and assist the Club in other fundraising activities.
Dawn met and later married Junior League Committeeman, Barry Dunn, from the Maroubra Club, but this in no way swayed her loyalty to Mascot. Although Dawn also took up duties with the Junior League, of which she was eventually honoured with Life Membership, there was never any misconception about her devotion to the Mascot Juniors.
For many years Dawn, without complaint, battled cancer. Through these trying times very few, if any, knew the extent of her suffering. Unfortunately, after what can only be described as an ongoing brave fight, Dawn finally succumbed to this dreaded disease in December of 2005.
A lady in every respect Dawn Dunn epitomised the true Club loyal person.BERKLEY BURNS
Berkley typified the Australian male. Apart from his family, his two great loves were football and the punt. Mascot, Souths, New South Wales and Australia, in that order, were Berkley’s football teams and as far as he was concerned there were no others.
Berkley had a lifelong association with the Club which began in the 1940’s and continued until he passed away in 2000. Berk was Mascot’s almanac. He knew the history of every Mascot and Souths player, official and whatever, as well as those of most other Clubs. If you wanted to know something to do with football, Berkley was the person to ask.
As a player with Mascot the highlight of Berkley’s football career was being a playing member of the 1949 D grade Premiership winning team.
After retiring as a player Berkley became Club Secretary in 1955, a position he occupied until 1962. Thereafter Berkley, a Life Member, continued to support and assisted the Club in unofficial capacities.MICHAEL GRIFFITHS
Michael’s greatest attribute was being a champion person. Quiet and modest, Michael had the respect of everyone who knew him in life and sport. An outstanding sportsman since childhood, Michael’s main passions were athletics and Rugby League and he excelled at both, not only because of natural ability but also his preparation and fitness level.
Although totally competitive in whatever he did, Michael at all times displayed great sportsmanship, win lose or draw.
Michael played with Mascot throughout his entire junior league career, commencing with the Club in 1970, at the age of seven. Although he featured in a number of grand final and competition winning teams with Mascot, Michael’s Junior League highlights would have been the integral parts he played in Souths competition winning S. G. Ball and Presidents Cup teams in 1979 and 1983 respectively.
Souths wanted to call Michael up following the Presidents Cup in 1983 but it was his desire to finish the year out with Mascot. He agreed to play with Souths in 1984 but tragically died in a work related accident in October, 1983, at the age of only twenty.
The pathway to grade football was clear for Michael Griffiths but unfortunately fate intervened. He was certainly a talented footballer who undoubtedly possessed the qualities to make it to the top.
Michael will be remembered as a highly talented footballer but more so for the person he was, “nature’s gentleman”.GERALD (IKE) STIFF
Gerald began his association with Mascot as a player back in the 1930’s and became re-associated with the Club in 1984 where he worked the gate at Mascot Oval through until the end of 2004.
Ike was one of the many honorary workers for the organisation who put in countless hours and sterling efforts to help keep our game going. In acknowledgement of his ongoing services Ike was made a Life Member of both Mascot and the South Sydney District Junior Rugby Football League.
Ike unfortunately passed away in October of 2005.