Vale Greg Growden

The College was saddened to hear of the loss of Greg Growden, parent of a former student, Angus (SPX 2018)
Greg was a fine man who attempted the Kokoda Trek with the College and his son, and visited us on a number of occasions to talk about his writing – he was an accomplished journalist and prolific author.

In 2018. Greg dedicated his book, The Wallabies at War, to Head of Junior School, Mr Tim Long, who helped him on the College Kokoda Trek
He was a young 60 years of age, and died too early.
His friend Peter FitzSimons wrote of him in the Sydney Morning Herald, and is reproduced here with the author’s permission.
He faced his final illness with great stoicism and resolution. He knew he was in real trouble. The cancer came and went a couple of times. When it came back with a vengeance, he made his arrangements.
Many of us woke to the news on Friday that he was in real trouble and in palliative care. The texts flew. For most of Friday he was still strong enough to reply to our messages with much the same love dozens of us journalists and rugby people sent to him. By Friday evening his texts stopped.
By Saturday night, he was gone.
The Herald sends its deepest condolences to his family: his wife Elizabeth, and his children Anna and Angus. Greg made his mark, and will be long remembered.
Vale Greg Growden. Great family man, rugby writer, respected author. Cherished friend.
The full article can be found read HERE

Greg dedicated his book, The Wallabies at War, to Tim Long, who helped him on the Kokoda Trek
Greg addressed the College on Remembrance Day 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg (rear) with College Old Boy Vietnam veterans, Dave Lethbridge and Jim FitzGerald.