Mark Stevens Obituary Death – Mark Stevens, a True-Blue Warrior of Petone Rugby, went away this week after a long and quiet battle with sickness. It is with great regret that we must announce his passing; he passed away this week. Mark moved to the Village soon after making his first appearance in the top rugby competition for Eastbourne when he was still very young.
He was a robust blindside flanker or lock and immediately established himself as a regular member of the top team. He went on to win five Jubilee Cups and travelled to South Africa and the United States with the Petone side. In addition, he was a member of the Wellington team that triumphed over South Canterbury and took home the Ranfurly Shield in 1974. He played a number of games for Wellington.
Mark went on to coach successful age grade sides with Richard Whittington and remained a True-Blue fan right up until the time of his death. Mark remained a True-Blue supporter right up until the time of his death, and he was in the clubrooms enjoying a beer with his good friends as recently as two weeks ago. In his later years, Mark became best known as the grandfather of the Hrstich brothers, of whom he was exceedingly proud. Mark’s reputation spread far and wide as a result.
The only people who will miss him more than anybody else are his devoted wife Lynda and his children and grandchildren. On Monday, July 31, at 11 a.m., the funeral for Mark will be place at Gee and Hickton Funeral Directors, and it will then proceed to the Petone Rugby Club. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. RIP