Caboolture Sports Club has acknowledged the contribution of Director and Life Member Mr Ross Best, who sadly passed away on Monday afternoon.
Caboolture Sports Club chairman Mr Kevin Kaeser paid tribute to Mr Best who held numerous positions within the Club’s board over the past 18 years.
“Ross first became a director in 1998 and since this time has provided a significant contribution to the Club through his directorship and roles on the building and finance sub-committees,” Mr Kaeser said.
“Ross had a true passion for the Caboolture Sports Club and his determination, strong-will and analytical skills were respected by the entire board.
“Ross was always willing to put his hand up for any sub-committees and also held the position of Treasurer from 2005 to 2012.
“Throughout his tenure on the board, his commitment and dedication was demonstrated by an attendance rate of almost 100 percent at meetings, all in a volunteer capacity.”
However it is Ross’ dry wit and contributions to the Club’s building committee that Mr Kaeser said he will cherish most.
“Ross was a member of the building committee since its formation and was involved in the three stages of the Caboolture Sports Club masterplan, construction of the Terrace in 2014 and the future development of the North Lakes Sports Club.
“When you walk into the Sports Club you get a feeling of his vision through the colour, bling and wow factor that have been achieved in recent renovations.
“His attention to detail across architectural concepts was impeccable and it would not be uncommon to witness Ross picking up on a mistake and pulling the architects into line.”
Born in Nambour, Ross moved with his family to a dairy farm in Beachmere in his early years, before shifting again to Samsonvale as a teenager and growing up on the family’s banana farm. He attended Mitchelton High School, where he grew to love sport and become a competent rugby league and rugby union player.
Ross and his wife, Vera, and two daughters, Aimee and Carmen, moved to Burpengary in 1980 and in 1990, he started playing Touch at the Caboolture fields in Petersen Rd.
In 1993, he was elected to the Caboolture Touch Association committee, then appointed manager in 1997.
Over the next two decades, Ross remained involved with Caboolture Touch, playing, coaching and managing representative teams across state and national competition levels.
During this time he also fulfilled duties as a Queensland selector and contributed to the development of the Sporting Pulse software system used by touch associations across the country, as well as building a customised software application for Caboolture Touch.
He continued his role of Administrator for Caboolture Touch Association until late 2015, several months after he was diagnosed with motor-neurone disease.
During his battle with the illness, he continued to serve as a director and member of the building and finance committees for Caboolture Sports Club.
A funeral service will be held this Friday at 3.30pm at Traditional Funerals, 636 Morayfield Rd, Burpengary.
Ross is survived by his wife, Vera, and two daughters, Aimee and Carmen.