A Message from the "Kogarah" Clan .
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of one of our "Kogarah family" members, Steve Eggleton. Steve passed away on the morning of Mon 16 Sep 2019 after battling a melanoma-type cancer for the past few months.
Steve was a long-time member of the Table Tennis community. We are not sure yet how or when he started his long-time association with Table Tennis but some amongst us remember first meeting him in the 1970s/80s when Steve was representing the Premier's Department in the NSW Public Service competition.
For many years, Steve played Table Tennis with both the St George and Sutherland Shire Table Tennis Association (STGSSTTA) and the Kogarah RSL Table Tennis Club (Kogarah RSLTTC). He served many years as President of the Kogarah RSLTTC and was rewarded for his services with a Life Membership.
Steve was one of the key drivers of, and a keen participant in, the creation of the "entertainment" at our infamous annual "Kogarah Presentation Nights".
So many wonderful memories right there!! Other wonderful memories were created in our many "Kogarah Dining-Out Nights" and our many birthday celebrations. The photo provided with this message was taken during a typical Thursday Night Table Tennis at Colvin Hall (at the back of Kogarah RSL Club) where play was stopped for half an hour to celebrate the 103rd birthday of one of our players, Dot De Low. A great night; a great photo.
For those of you who have played against Steve, you will remember his unorthodox style and his extremely effective "windscreen wiper" forehand block. A greater asset than his block was his impressive Table Tennis mind; he was an awesome tactician on the table.
In recent years, issues with his knees prevented Steve from competing but this didn't stop him from supporting his friends on the table, turning up to various competitions to sit in the corner to support and share his strategies. Each year, he was also keen to receive the website link to the National Veterans Championships Draws and Results page so that he could follow the progress of his "Kogarah" mates.
In his earlier years away from the table, we understand that Steve was also a very proficient cricketer and golfer; ball-sports obviously being his "thing". Speaking of ball-sports, Parramatta Eels was one of Steve's great loves. He attended many of their games and was always on top of the latest gossip regarding his beloved Rugby League club. We are all hoping that he was aware of the Eels 58-0 crush of the Broncos in the finals match at the Bankwest Stadium on Sunday afternoon; he would have been thrilled.
At that other table, the dining table, many of Steve's friends would be aware of his distaste for red meat and most vegetables and his love of chicken. He so loved chicken that we all fondly referred to him as a "Chickaterian". In honour of our beloved "Chickaterian", a small group of his Kogarah mates gathered for a chicken schnitzel meal on the evening of his passing.
Steve loved his "Kogarah" mates and his Parramatta Eels team, but his greatest love was for his wife and best friend, Lia Rassi (nee Casales), whom he met through the Kogarah RSL TTC. Lia nicknamed Steve, "Teddy Bear"; a nickname that we all embraced. Steve and Lia were married in 1995 and lived most of their married life in the St George district. Following his retirement from the public service three years ago, Steve and Lia purchased a home on the Central Coast and had been enjoying this new phase of their life until illness struck Steve just a few months ago.
Our hearts are breaking at the loss of our Kogarah mate, our "Chickaterian", our "Teddy Bear", but we send our thoughts, hugs and best wishes to Lia and family at this very sad time.