Norm Jarvis: Club stalwart remembered

The Illawarra has lost a rugby league stalwart with the death of Norm Jarvis.

Jarvis played in Corrimal's 1948 Illawarra rugby league premiership side.

A speedy and elusive winger in his playing days, Jarvis steadfastly served the Cougars for many years on and off the field.

He formed an executive at Corrimal Rugby League Football Club with Reg Eshman as chairman, Dennis Murada as secretary and himself as treasurer.

They remained the executive of the club throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s.

Jarvis was treasurer when Corrimal won the Illawarra premiership in 1974.

For his tireless work and dedication, Jarvis was awarded life membership of Corrimal RLFC.

In June this year he attended the launch of Barry Ross's book, A Long Time Between Drinks, covering the Cougars' first 100 years of rugby league, and also the Corrimal centenary function at Corrimal Leagues Club, where he and St George Illawarra Dragons premiership captain and Corrimal junior, Ben Hornby, had the honour of cutting the centenary cake.

Jarvis kicked off his rugby league career as a member of the outstanding Tech OBU junior club, before joining Corrimal in about 1946.

He played every game of the 1948 premiership-winning season, but a serious knee injury at the end of the 1949 season forced him to hang up his boots.

He scored seven tries in 1948, including a long-range solo effort in the 11-4 win over Wollongong in the semi-final.

As told by Ross in his book, one of Jarvis's favourite memories was a game against Norths at Corrimal in 1949, when his two brothers, Bill, a centre, and John, a second rower, were in the first-grade team with him.

All three brothers scored tries in that victory.

Jarvis had his own accountancy business in Wollongong.

Throughout his life he maintained a keen interest in sport, including lawn bowls. He was a life member and director of Towradgi Bowling Club, where he was also the treasurer.

He was one of the last surviving members of Corrimal's 1948 premiership rugby league team until his death last Friday at the age of 85.

His funeral service will be held in the chapel of Parson's Funeral Home in Wollongong at 2pm today.

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