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Vale Bruce Evans

Rowing Australia regrets to announce the passing of another of the rowing community. Australian Rowing Team member, coach and selector, Bruce Evans, passed away on 21 December 2015.

Mr Evans first represented Australia in 1958 and that same year competed for Australia in the Commonwealth Games held in Cardiff, Wales. Racing in both the Men’s Coxless Four and the Men’s Coxed Eight, and, in the latter, went on to win a silver medal.

A leading member of Mosman Rowing Club, Mr Evans coached numerous crews in his time, while during his racing-days competed in many Interstate and Trans-Tasman Regattas.

Mr Evans, similarly to the late Maurice Grace of SUBC, was part of a rowing dynasty. Mr Evans’ late mother, Rose Evans, was a pioneer in women’s rowing and a former President of the New South Wales Women’s Rowing Association, his late brother Stuart was also a rower and coach while his son, Stephen, is an Olympic, Commonwealth Games and World Championship rowing medallist.

Mr Evans’ career in rowing saw him not only coach and compete, he was also an Australian Rowing Team Selector for two Olympic Games, Moscow in 1980 and Los Angeles in 1984. Prior to his passing, Mr Evans received his McVilly-Pearce pin, he was rower number 101, from his son, Stephen, who is rower number 351 in a private ceremony (pictured below).

Bruce Evans is survived by his wife Helen, son Stephen, daughters Belinda and Ange and their extended family.

For those wishing to attend Mr Evans’ funeral the details are as follows:

Wednesday 30 December 2015
11:45am for 12 noon sharp
Macquarie Park Cemetery & Crematorium
Address: Cnr Delhi Rd & Plassey Rd, Macquarie Park NSW 2113 and afterwards at the Mosman RSL Club, Mosman NSW

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The late Bruce Evans, left, (rower number 101) received his McVilly-Pearce pin from his son, Stephen (rower number 351), shortly before he passed away