Vale: Central United pay tribute to one of their longest-serving players

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Central United members are mourning the loss of Marko Bebich, one of the club’s best players and a long-time committee member, who has died, aged 79.

He died over the Easter weekend, prompting the following tribute from the club:

Marko Bebich.

“It is with sadness that we have heard of the passing of Marko Bebich over the Easter holiday period.

“Marko was one of the club’s earliest members, joining Central in 1963.

“He went on to make 181 first team appearances for the club over 13 seasons, placing him 8th on our all-time list.

“Marko also served on the club committee for many seasons and made valuable contributions to a number of capital works projects, including the building of our new clubrooms at Kiwitea Street, over that time.”

Club President Mate Tolj said:

“We are saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Marko.

“He was one of our earliest members and made a great contribution to Central both on and off the playing field over a long period of time.

“Our deepest condolences are extended to Michele, Mara, Alana, Anton & Stefan and families at this difficult time.

“Počivao u miru Božjem.”

Marko Bebich (1943 — 2023)

The following notice has appeared in the NZ Herald:

BEBICH, Marko. Passed away suddenly on 8 April 2023, aged 79 years old. Born 24 April 1943 in Podrujnica, Croatia. Youngest son of the late Joze and Mara Bebic he made New Zealand his home. Beloved husband of Michele for over 41 years, most loved Dad and father-in- law to Mara and Chris, Anton and Georgie, Lani and Tom, Stefan and Hayley and best Dida ever to Scottie, Joseph, Monty, Dino and Valentin. A celebration of Marko’s life will be held in St Michael’s Catholic Church, 6 Beatrice Road, Remuera at 10.30am on Saturday 15 April 2023, followed by internment at Purewa Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favourite charity. Pocivaj u miru Bozjem.


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