Ross Livermore

Any death across all forms of rugby league is disappointing and today, it is the QLD community that are left shocked, with former Queensland Rugby League boss Ross Livermore passing away unexpectedly this morning, aged just 68.

Livermore was an iconic figure in Queensland rugby league and was one of the code’s most respected bosses, in charge of the Queensland rugby league for a whopping 31 years (1980-2011).

The news was saddening for his family, with his son Nicholas confirming that his father had indeed passed away.

“Ross has been unwell for a little while now and unfortunately passed away today,” said Nicholas Livermore.

“We are working out the appropriate arrangement.

“He’s had some health issues for a while, but it’s a hard time for the family. He contributed a lot. His passion has always been Queensland rugby league and most blokes would say they lost a good mate today.

“He gave a lot to the game, he gave his life to it.”

His effect on the game is respected by many, including rivals NSW, with both the New South Wales Rugby League and the Australian Rugby League paying their respects to him.

“He was in many ways the toughest opponent the blues ever faced,” NSWRL chairman John Chalk said today.

“Ross was a man who would do anything to grow rugby league in Queensland and the Maroons were his passion.

“He was someone whose public banter with NSW was fierce but who at the same time would work with everyone at ARL level in the interests of the game.”

ARLC Chairman John Grant also paid his respects.

“Ross was a passionate rugby league man who worked tirelessly to make this game of ours as successful as it could be,” said Grant.

“He was a leading figure behind some of the most significant decisions in the game’s history from the birth of State of Origin right up to the formation of the Australian Rugby League Commission prior to his retirement in 2011.

“On behalf of the Australian Rugby League Commission, I pass on my deepest sympathy to his family and hope that they take some comfort in knowing the respect in which he was held by all in the game and that he will be sorely missed.”

The QRL themselves will feel his loss tremendously, as current QRL Chief Ron Moore also passes on his respects.

“The League is deeply saddened by Ross’ unexpected passing and our thoughts are with his family,” QRL chief executive officer Rob Moore said today.

“Ross was a great man and a tremendous leader who served the League with distinction for more than three decades. While his influence in the game was immense – we are asking for people to respect his family’s privacy in this time of grief.”

By ricky

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