The network “drums “ have been working to let people know that former Norths Rugby identity Mike (Chopper) Whitelaw died on 9 January 2022 aged 80 after suffering a massive stroke some two weeks earlier. Mike’s funeral was held on 24/1/22 on the Gold Coast with the former Northie Reverend Rex Marre officiating.
Chopper was a very notable member of the Norths Rugby Community in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Patron & Life Member, Ross Walker, has produced an excellent eulogy and you can read it and relish it at the following link Canberra Reflections on the Life and Times of Mike (Chopper) Whitelaw PSM
Ross provides the following comments . In the setting up of this Eulogy post I have asked that 2 articles be posted. The first article is the actual Eulogy itself entitled Canberra Reflections on the Life and Times of Mike (Chopper) Whitelaw PSM . Because of its length, the Whitelaw Family decided to print it as a multi-page Booklet and hand it out at the service. I have had nothing but praise for the Eulogy from anyone who has read it. For example the Reverend Rex Marre (who officiated at the funeral) says of it: “Thank you for this wonderfully comprehensive and entertaining document . “and the former Sports Editor of the Canberra News , who eventually became Editor of the Gold Coast Bulletin ,Bob Gordon enthuses “Well done. Better than that…Magnificently well done. It captures the man and the golden years we spent with him in the Northies.
The second article I have asked to be included in the post is titled Recollections of An Enjoyable Time: Playing for Norths and Living in Canberra in the late 1960’s and Early 1970’s . I produced this article for inclusion in the University / Norths Owls Rugby Union Club Archives in 2020 . The An Enjoyable Time article has been “raided somewhat “ in preparation of the Eulogy but in my view the two articles should be read as a package. The Eulogy contains specific items of information whereas the Enjoyable Time article is much more general in its focus . I therefore suggest that the eulogy be read first followed with a read of An Enjoyable Time.
Click on the link below to access the EnjoyableTime article. Recollections of An Enjoyable Time: Playing for Norths and Living in Canberra in the late 1960’s and Early 1970’s