Mosman mourns the passing of local and legendary media personality Ron Casey, aged 89.
By Staff Reporters
Every day for the past thirty years, a group of local men have gathered at Mosman’s RSL Club, to take their seat at “the table of knowledge”.
And in that time, a revolving cast of retired business men, politicians, military pilots and legal brains have all pulled up a chair, to enjoy a beer and some robust conversation.
“About a decade ago, we had more than twenty blokes here every day, ready to fire up and debate whatever was in the news,” Mosman RSL Director Ian Chisholm says.
“Sadly, most of them have passed away – and this week we’ve lost the most colourful character of our group, who has been a loyal member of the club for decades.
“He was the gregarious mate who never shied away from an argument and he’s left an irreplaceable gap.”
The few remaining members of this little-known Mosman group gathered together today, to remember the quick wit and sharp tongue of media veteran Ron Casey.
The Australian television and radio broadcaster passed away at Royal North Shore hospital on Tuesday, aged 89.
A well-known sports journalist, Casey worked for Channel Nine and Channel Ten, and was once known as the “controversy king” for his heated and unforgiving discussions on-air.
He also hosted talkback programs on 2GB, 2SM and 2KY in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
“Ron was absolutely fearless when it came to delivering his opinion and he always held court at Mosman RSL,” local resident Mal Gale said.
“He would come in about twice a week and the conversations would cover sport, politics and religion.
“The men at the table were always a fountain of educated opinion and the banter between them was nothing short of hilarious at times.”
86-year-old Mal Blower, a member of the Mosman Club since 1983, described Ron Casey as a “fantastic bloke” who is already sadly missed.
“Ron was very ill and hadn’t been into the club for awhile, but he was still a paid-up member and a larger-than-life character with a generous heart.
“There’s not too many people who would know that about Ron Casey.”
Renowned for an explosive temper that often found him in hot water, Casey famously came to blows with singer and Vietnam veteran Normie Rowe, on The Midday Show in 1991.
Veteran entertainment reporter and lower north shore local Craig Bennett described his long-time friend as “an absolute one off”.
“Ron was a perfect storm of Aussie larrikin, original shock jock, TV icon, sports commentator par excellence – and king of controversy,” he told Mosman Collective.
“But privately, Ron was a loving husband and father, with a heart of solid gold.
“He was the most incredible man and will be terribly missed by all who knew and loved him,” Craig said.
Casey, who gave his final TV interview to Craig last year, loved entertaining in his Mosman residence, and will be remembered for “the most wonderful luncheons.”
“There was nothing better than lunch with Ron and Renate at their exquisite home,” Craig said.
“The finest wines were dusted off, with Renate becoming a MasterChef and Ron the raconteur.
“Even in his declining years, Ron would always rally for a long lunch.”
It’s a sentiment shared with his mates at Mosman RSL.
“On behalf of the community, we extend our deepest sympathies to Renate and the entire Casey family,” Ian Chisholm told Mosman Collective.
“We will miss his humour, his wisdom, his quick wit and his wonderful stories.
“There will never be another Ron Casey.”