The Manly Rugby Club is today in mourning as it woke up to the news of the passing of one of its rugby royalty.

Bernie Bergelin finally succumbed to an illness that he had battled for some time. His passing will be mourned by the Manly Rugby community for some time to come.

Bernie however leaves behind a wonderful legacy because he and his wife, Deanne - herself part of Manly Rugby’s history - have both sons, Anthony and Harry involved with the Manly club.

Anthony is the second grade five eighth and Manly Rugby Club captain whilst Harry, who is still a Colt, is a second grade flanker, who scored a great try when he came on the field in first grade last weekend.

Manly Rugby President, Mark McKenzie said today: "The boys, Anthony and Harry, along with their mother, Deanne, sister Laura and grandmother, Anne Hill, will always ensure that the spirit Bernie is well represented at Manly Oval, when the Marlins play, for a long time to come.

Bernie Bergelin came from the St Matthews Club as a junior to the Manly Rugby Club in the 60’s. 

Over a 20-year period he went on to play 214 first grade games for Manly. He was the captain for a record 122 first grade games and appeared in two grand finals, both lost to Randwick in the 70’s and 80’s.

Bernie Bergelin was a well deserved Life Member of the Manly Rugby Club and coached the first grade side in 1996.

“Bernie was always on hand to support his sons and the club and never refrained from giving his views, which invariably helped to improve us as a club. He will be greatly missed,” McKenzie said.  

For further information contact Mark McKenzie, President MRFC on mobile: 0407433545

Funeral to be held at St Marys Catherderal on Thursday morning the 13th July 2011 at 10:30am