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Bondi Icebergs Club president David Hall who has died after a short battle with cancer, aged 53.
Mr Hall’s nephew, Jamie Berry, said more than 100 people visited his uncle while he was at St Vincent Hospital
‘A man with a massive heart’Icebergs head David Hall mournedHUNDREDS of mourners cried and laughed as they paid tribute to Bondi Icebergs Club president David Hall at Bondi Pavilion.
Picture: Craig Wilson Hundreds gather to farewell Bondi Icebergs president David Hall (right).The courtyard was packed with more than 400 people on Friday, following the 53year-old’s death at St Vincent’s Hospital after a short battle with cancer.
Mr Hall’s partner Louise Everingham, whom he met as a teenager, fought back tears as she spoke about the love of her life.
“Normally, this would be David’s place, standing up here with a mic in his hand, a smile on his dial and ready to go with a joke at hand,” she said.
Ms Everingham shared her favourite memories of Mr Hall with the large crowd that included several Bondi identities, councillors and Waverley Mayor Sally Betts.
“He was a man with a massive heart, a personality to match and had absolutely no idea what he meant to so many people,” she said.
Mr Hall grew up in Condobolin and moved to Sydney in the 1980s to play football. He joined the Bondi Icebergs Club in 1989 and held various positions.
“He found it an absolute honour to become the president of Bondi Icebergs,” Ms Everingham said. “He made it a personal aim of his to memorise every staff member’s name so that the next time he could say hello and then the person’s name.”
Mr Hall was known to many as a “loveable larrikin” but, beneath the jokes, Ms Everingham said he was a kind and caring man.
“Not many would know, but he actually loved poetry, particularly Banjo Paterson,” she said. “He could recite a lot of the poems as well as he could tell a joke and when he was in the mood, he would recite poetry to me even though he knew it would bore me to tears.
“But to be honest, it didn’t and I just loved listening to the sound of his voice.”
Ms Everingham also told many funny stories about Mr Hall to the crowd, who laughed through their tears.
“To all of you here today, could you please hold on to the special memories you all have of David,” she said.
“He wouldn’t expect it but I couldn’t bear it if he was forgotten.”
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David was a down to earth giver :
You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
And what is fear of need but need itself.
Is not dread of thirst when your well is full, the thirst that is unquenchable?
It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding;
And to the open-handed the search for one who shall receive is joy greater than giving.
You often say, “I would give, but only to the deserving.”
The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture.
They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.
See first that you yourself deserve to be a giver, and an instrument of giving.
For in truth it is life that gives unto life—while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness.