Vale Rex Swann (OAM)

 

Williamstown Football Club is saddened to learn of the passing of Life Member and former President Rex Swann, OAM.     

 

Rex, who passed away on Monday morning, aged 89, was a much loved figure at Williamstown.     

 

He served as Secretary in 1970 and 1971, was a committee member in 1972, 1975 and 1978-81, Vice-President from 1973-1974 and 1977 and became President of the Club in 1976 - a famous premiership-winning season.       

 

At the 1974 December annual meeting held in the Williamstown Town Hall, Rex was recognised as a Life Member of the Club for his outstanding contribution.       

 

Rex is the father of former Williamstown player and administrator, Greg Swann, and father-in-law of 1986 premiership player Alun Owen. 

 

Rex maintained a strong interest in the Club’s fortunes and together with his wife Ruth, attended the Club event to witness Greg’s induction into the Hall of Fame for his key role in saving the Club in 1995.      

 

Apart from his involvement with Williamstown, Rex was also a great sporting personality in Melbourne's west as well as a distinguished and dedicated member of the community, receiving several accolades for his work in football. His football journey began in 1949 when he played for Spotswood, winning back-to-back premierships in the under 18 team in 1949 & 1950. He later became an umpire in the VFA and then in the Footscray District Football League (FDFL). Rex returned to Spotswood as an administrator from 1982-85 after his involvement at Williamstown. He was awarded life membership of the FDFL in 1989 and also received an AFL Victoria Recognition Award.

 

Rex became president of the league from 1992-2001 and played an integral role in the change of name from the FDFL to the Western Region Football League. In 1999 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his services to Australian Rules Football, and that same year the league named the Division 2 grand final best-on-ground medal in his honour.   

 

Williamstown Football Club extends its deepest condolences to Ruth, Greg, the extended Swann family and everyone affected at this time.   

 

The family will hold a private cremation, with a service to be determined following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. 

 

 

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