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Former rugby league star Scott Sattler has paid a heartfelt tribute to his late father John, recounting the memories he and his sister had of the brilliant way they would search him out in the pub.
John passed away on Monday aged 80 after a recent battle with dementia, with several members of the rugby league community recounting their various encounters with the all-time great.
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For Scott, he recalled his old man’s remarkable singing ability as one way which he will fondly remember him.
“My sister and I, if we wanted to try and find him in whichever pub we lived in, we’d walk down from our unit and we’d just have to listen to where he was singing,” Sattler told NRL 360.
“He’d always be singing ‘Oh Danny Boy’ or one of those great classics from the 60s or 70s and we’d just follow his voice and he’d be in the cold room or the keg room, whatever it may be.
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“That’s how we’d find him. That’s one of our great memories of him.
“His teammates will tell you what a great singing voice he had. He was always singing in the dressing sheds and in the showers after games.”
Sattler also shared a message he received from former Wallaby Garrick Morgan, son of former Manly great John ‘Pogo’ Morgan, that he believes best encapsulated what his late father was all about.
“He [Garrick Morgan] hit the nail on the head when he sent me a text yesterday where he said, ‘He always made you feel like you were the most important person in the room,’” Sattler said.
“A lot of the people who came across him, whether it was a fan or some of the patrons that drank in his pubs over the years, they would always tell you the same story.”