Tributes Flow for Local Border Legend
"If you can't give everything 100%, you don't get involved".
That was the mantra that served Les O'Brien throughout his life, and the legacy of a man that locals will remember as a legend.
Border communities were left grief stricken yesterday (Friday August 11) as Les passed away at the age of 80.
His long, long list of achievements during his lifetime was proof of his dedication, and to getting the most out of life.
A long-time welfare officer for the Albury-Wodonga National Servicemen's Association, Les also found time to be a Relay for Life Committee member, a founding member of the Albury-Wodonga Business Luncheon "In the Market", and also received the Paul Harris Fellow award during 2016 by the Rotary Club of Albury North for his decades of ongoing service to the community.
In athletics, he excelled as a runner during his twenties, and went on to coach Border athletes for many more years to come, including leading the NSW track team at the Australian Blind Athletics Championships from 1988 to 1991.
But it was for his association with the Ovens and Murray Football and Netball League that most will have the fondest memories of Les.
Les' involvement with the O&M first began in 1958, and was ongoing, either as a player, official, coach, trainer, property steward, announcer, Critic Editor, historian, reunion organiser, and, much of the time, was covering several of those roles all at the same time.
Ovens and Murray General Manager, Sean Barrett, says "it's a very sad day particularly obviously, for his family and close friends, but for those who have been involved in the Ovens and Murray and know him really well, he was a very energetic and vibrant person, Les, and he brought a lot of joy to football across the years and it's certainly a very sad day today following his passing."
At 2AY, and for fans of radio, we'll always have fond memories of Les voicing the commercials for Big Chief's Trading Place.
Vale Les O'Brien. 2AY extends sincere condolences to Les' family and friends.