Photo: Albert Doel, third from the left.
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of founding and life member Mr Albert Doel over the weekend.
Albert and his wife Wendy (dec’d) along with 2 other families founded Lochinvar Rovers with their first meeting on the 10th February in 1975, back in the day when registration was $2 and then 20 cents per game. These 3 families started from scratch before Lochinvar Sports Complex existed and obtained permission from the convent to use the primary school grounds in the interim. They named the club Lochinvar Rovers Junior Soccer Club choosing purple and white for the uniform. They worked together with the cricket committee and Maitland City Council to have our current grounds, Lochinvar Sports Complex built.
It has been through the dedication and hard work of volunteers like Albert and Wendy that the Lochinvar Rovers have grown into such a wonderful Club with the great facilities of today. Albert’s passion for the Club he created was shown by his participation at Presentation Day’s every year along with many other life members from the early days. He was kind enough to share his history and knowledge along with Wendy’s original minutes book to new Committee’s.
Albert will be missed by many. For those that knew Albert, his funeral will be on Thursday 05/05/2016 11:00am at Fry Brothers in Maitland.