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Monash University Volleyball Club Statement

It is with heavy hearts that Monash University Volleyball Club would like to provide formal notice of Barry Maguire’s passing on Monday 27 July. He was 64 years of age. This is a very difficult thing for us to contemplate a scenario where the club could exist separately to Barry, however it is with great regret that this is indeed where we find ourselves.

Around the club he was known to most of us as our first contact with MUVC, whether it was via phone, email, our Facebook page, or being asked by him, “have you considered playing volleyball? Or State League?”. Beyond this, Barry has coached many us, served on the committee with us (where he has held every position at least once), played on court with us, attended trivia nights and club events with us, entertained debates with us, and presented awards to us at Club Presentation Nights, where we acknowledged his contribution through naming our club’s highest award for volunteerism after him – much to his discomfort. Barry was frankly the most generous individual the club has ever had amongst its membership. He did all this and flat out refused any attempt to compensate him for his time, although you could twist his arm for a visit to The Nott.

Barry’s impact within our community, and more broadly within volleyball in Victoria was as vast as it was immense. Few people will find themselves without any memory of him courtside at State League, Schools Cup events or regional tournaments, nor without a story of a conversation about how something could be improved or how it used to be done, be it brief or lasting far longer than you bargained for. In the last few days he has been described as a giant among us, a leader, courageous and ‘Mr Monash’.

It is this unwavering love and commitment for our club and sport that has inspired so many of us to join him in his stride, only now, to follow in his very large footsteps. To quote Barry, “see you when I see you, as they say”.

The current environment prevents us from gathering together physically for now to commemorate Barry. In lieu of a celebration that we will hold at a safer time, we would like to invite anyone who would like to share a memory, be it an image, a story or a saying, to share this in a public group we have created – https://www.facebook.com/groups/RememberingBarryMaguire/

If you would like to send condolences to Barry’s family, please follow the link to an e-card that will be distributed by Saturday 8 August – https://www.groupgreeting.com/sign/fab5b53c9c2956e

Finally, if you would like to contribute something to a tribute we will compile for our later celebration, please email this to muvcsecretary@monashvolleyball.com.au.

Volleyball Victoria Committee Statement

It is with considerable sadness that we join Monash University Volleyball Club in expressing our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Barry Maguire, a highly respected member of the volleyball community who passed away suddenly this week.

On behalf of the Committee and reflecting on my experiences, Barry was a passionate, engaged, and productive contributor to the sport.  Most recently assisting with a review of State League, providing his vast experience and informed direction.  His preparedness to give of himself was boundless and he was a volunteer extremely generous with his time.

Barry was a stalwart servant of the sport whose presence will be dearly missed.

Geoff Rietschel – Volleyball Victoria General Manager

 

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