Vale Ronald Dale ‘Ron’ Barassi AM 1936 – 2023

Published on 18 September 2023


Mount Alexander Shire Council is saddened to hear of the passing of Castlemaine-born and Guildford-raised, Ron Barassi.

Mr Barassi was a legend of Australia rules football – and held roles as a player, captain, coach and ambassador throughout his illustrious career.

Mount Alexander Shire Mayor, Cr Rosie Annear said Mr Barassi would be remembered as a friendly and humble man, who made an incredible contribution to sport.

“Ron Barassi was an Australian sporting icon, with a long list of achievements in his premiership-winning career.

“Many locals will know of the fondness that Mr Barassi had for our region”, said Mayor Annear.

“Mr Barassi’s family migrated to Victoria during the gold rushes of the 1850s and 1860s.

“Ron was born in Castlemaine, and spent his formative years in Guildford, attending Guildford Primary School and later Castlemaine Tech.”

“In 2016, Mr Barassi returned to Guildford to be presented with a bronze bust of himself at the John Powell Reserve,” said Mayor Annear.

“Mr Barassi had long and lasting connections in our community, and on behalf of Council, I’d like to extend my heartfelt condolences to everyone who is mourning his loss at this time.  

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has advised that Mr Barassi will receive a state memorial service, with the details to be announced in the coming weeks.

Photo credit: Chewton Chat

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