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Vale – The Von – The end of an era

Australian golfing great Norman Von Nida OAM passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 20 2007. The Von was in his 93rd year. In a final radio interview recorded only a few months earlier he said “I’ve had the most wonderful life”. Those who knew him felt privileged to have had the experience. Following a moving service conducted by the Rev. Father Dr Adrian Farrelly at St Agatha’s Catholic Church in the Brisbane suburb of Clayfield, a large number of people attended the The Von’s wake at Royal Queensland Golf Club where Von was introduced to the game as a caddy.  Eulogists were Jeff Scott, President of the PGA of Australia, 5 times British Open Golf Champion Peter Thomson of Australia, Charlie Earp, Greg Norman’s coach and the respected Professional for 40 years at Royal Queensland Golf Club and the highly regarded golf writer Bruce Young of the Gold Coast.  Many others took the opportunity to say a few words about the Von at the wake.The President of Royal Queensland, Ron Sleet announced that the Club had decided to dedicate and name a new bridge, the “Von Nida Bridge” as part of the course’s redevelopment program, to honour Norman’s contribution to golf and his long association with the Club.


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