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John Maguire

Hansard ID: HANSARD-1323879322-127785

Hansard session: Fifty-Seventh Parliament, First Session (57-1)

John Maguire

Mr MARK COURE (OatleyMinister for Multiculturalism, and Minister for Seniors)

——Speaker, I rise today to pay my respects to a wonderful member of the St George and Sutherland Shire community, the late John Maguire, who passed away peacefully at age 77. John was perhaps best known for his achievements on the sporting field, playing 137 first grade games for the Cronulla Sharks. He captained the team to the semi-finals and was described as a "tremendous football talent" who was an invaluable contribution to the Sharks. Not only was John an exceptional football player, but he was also a wonderful educator. He taught at schools throughout the local area. He was deputy principal both Marist College Penshurst and Marist College Kogarah, where I remember him very well. Was one of the teachers that I most admired. He later went on to become principal of De La Salle College, Cronulla, from 1996-2004, where my wife is currently teaching. John was cherished for his humility, his kind and caring nature and his love for teaching. He will be dearly missed, and I send my deepest condolences to his wife Maria, and family. May he rest in peace.