Harry StJ Arnold

Harry was one of the great figures of the MURFC. For around a decade from 1964, he coached highly successful Colt’s teams, many of which won premierships. As a great leader of young men, Harry was a mentor to many Uni players during their early years at Uni. His enthusiasm and his efforts were major contributors to their involvement in the Club and to the lifelong friendships that developed during this era. He helped make playing rugby fun and his pukka English accent, RAF moustache and sensible, if somewhat unusual, wearing of gumboots to navigate the winter mud were memorable. He was a member of the English Schoolboys side before WW2 (alongside Gerry Masters’ father), flew Spitfires during the war and lived to a ripe old age of 98. He died early on Tuesday morning Feb 20 following an operation on a broken hip sustained on the previous Friday. Harry, bless him, was from a bygone age.

A Requiem Mass will be conducted in Harry’s honour at St Francis Xavier Church, 60 Davey Street, Frankston at 11.30 am on Tuesday February 27th, and afterwards at Crib Point Cemetery, Disney Road, Crib Point.