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Vale Ron Graetz

It is with sadness that Rowing Australia learned over the weekend of the passing of esteemed Murray Bridge Rowing Club Life Member, Ron Graetz at the age of 97.

Ron Graetz on the far right, with the strokes of Tasmania, Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales

South Australian Ron had a lifetime association with the Murray Bridge Rowing Club.  He was the son of Eph Graetz, a member of the famous “Cods “ eight that represented Australia in the 1924 Paris Olympics.  He was introduced to the Rowing Club by his parents at a very early age.

Ron was a great rower in his own right, representing South Australia in the King’s Cup on several occasions. He stroked the SA King’s Cup eight in 1947, and this was an achievement that he remembered with pride.

Ron was a significant contributor to the “Cods” documentary “Paris or the Bush”.  Despite failing health he attended the world premiere of the documentary in 2016 as a special guest.

Ron’s funeral will be held at the Goolwa Bowling Club at 10am on Friday 24th February.

With thanks to Chris McRae.

The 1946 Championship winning Men’s Eight from South Australia, featuring Murray Bridge’s Ron Graetz