Vale Dean Jones AM

25/09/20 Category: Blog Posted by:

The Bradman Foundation have been deeply saddened by the sudden death of Dean Jones at the age of 59.

The Bradman twitter Tribute

Dean will be remembered as one of the most entertaining batsmen of his generation. He played 52 Tests at a batting average of 46.55 including his amazing 210, in the stifling Chenai heat, in the first innings of a match that became only the second tied Test in cricket history.

However, Dean Jones may be remembered more for his contribution to One Day cricket. With the game becoming increasingly popular around the world during the 1980s, he brought elements to short form cricket that we now take for granted. He would walk down the pitch to fast bowlers, run frantically between wickets to squeeze every last run out of every shot and fielded every ball in the outfield as if it was a run out opportunity. He played an integral role in Australia’s first World Cup win in 1987.

Dean Jones was a showman who made cricket fun for people to watch. He understood before many that professional cricket is an entertainment and he was one of the principal performers.

After cricket Dean was regularly heard as a cricket commentator and became heavily involved in fundraising to support cancer sufferers. In 2006 he became a Member of the Order of Australia for “service to cricket as a player, coach and commentator, and to the community through fundraising activities for organisations assisting people with cancer”.

In keeping with his passion for charity work, he joined Allan Border in 2014 on the MS Trek from Melbourne to Sydney to raise money for research into Multiple Sclerosis. During the trek, Dean made a stop off in Bowral to talk to cricket lovers about the trek and how their support could make a difference to people who live with MS every day.

He will be greatly missed, but remembered with joy by cricket communities all around the world.

He is survived by wife Jane and daughters Phoebe and Augusta.

Vale John Fahey AC

The Bradman Foundation mourns the passing of beloved father, grandfather and Bowral local resident John Fahey (AC), who passed away on September 12 aged 75, wishing to extend our sincere condolences to wife Colleen and family. See the @BradmanBowral tribute.

Tribute from Nathaniel Smith MP Member for Wollondilly

John Fahey leaves behind a profound legacy that will be indelibly etched in the Australian psyche. Following a distinguished career in politics, John was the Chairman of the Bradman Foundation from 2005-2007, and moreover pioneered the prestigious Bradman Foundation Gala Dinner, held annually (the notable exception being this year due to COVID-19). Throughout his political tenure, John Fahey was unconditional in his patronage and support of the Bradman Foundation. 

Read the ABC News Article

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