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Vale Alan Overton AM OAM – The Heart Of Parramatta

He never pulled on an Eels jersey, but the name Alan Overton is and always should be synonymous with the Eels. His was a life well lived, and many thousands of people in western Sydney will be forever grateful.

Alan grew up in Granville, a suburb in the middle of the Eels catchment area. The club didn’t exist when he was born in 1937, but he would go on to figure prominently in its history.

As chairman/president of both the Parramatta Eels football club and the Parramatta Leagues Club between 1988 and 2009 he was instrumental in prioritising financial stability and the delivery of football programs at both senior and grassroots levels.

Alan Overton (image credit Daily Telegraph)

The importance of the community was never far from his heart. He received his OAM in 1994 for starting a scout group for handicapped children, and he championed a long list of sporting and community organisations, taking on roles as Chairman, Director or Patron.

Outside of his association with the Eels, his greatest legacy will be his contribution to the relocation of Ronald McDonald House to Westmead and the continued support of that charity by the Eels and Parra Leagues. The work of both clubs with RMH is the source of pride for all members and supporters.

Even if he didn’t know you, Alan Overton treated you as if he did. Whether you met him during his National Service at age 18, his 47 years with James Hardie or his long affiliations with the Eels and an extended list of community groups, you were always greeted with warmth and respect.

On behalf of The Cumberland Throw, I’d like to extend our sympathies to Alan’s family and friends.

Alan Overton’s life of service may have ended, but the people and organisations that he served will all be richer because of that life.

Thank you Alan.


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8 thoughts on “Vale Alan Overton AM OAM – The Heart Of Parramatta

  1. Glenn

    Sincerest condolences to his family, friends and all at the club.
    My memories of Alan was how approachable to the fans he was , have memories of him mixing with the fans in the days of the non seated hills at Parramatta Stadium.

  2. Leigh

    Everyone in those early days new or had heard of Alan Overton. The club was in his veins. RIP Al.

  3. Milo

    Yeah well written. He sounded like a lovely bloke and great eel man. I knew his grandkids who came to one of my schools and they were a terrific family too.

  4. Wendy Douglas

    So sorry to hear this, our sincere condolences and thoughts to Merle, Craig, Karen, Grant and their families. Love Sandra and Wendy Douglas xx

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