It is with great sadness we report the passing of a great club man Robert Clement O'Dowda (Bob). The club extends condolences to Bob’s wife Jan and his extended family.
A service to celebrate Bob’s life will be held at Eagars Te Henui Chapel, 174 Lemon Street, New Plymouth on Monday 2 November 2020 at 10am, followed by a private cremation.
Bob seemed to be borne with A Tukapa Jersey on.
Like many players at the time, he started in Midgets and progressed through the grades to Senior (Premier).
Bob played for our Senior A's (Premier) from 1961 to 1969 including being part of the title-winning sides coached by Pat Doherty which won championships in 1966, 1968, and captained the side in 1969.
Bob also played for Taranaki in 1961-62 and again from 1968 to 1970. He was mainly a 1st five-eighth for Tukapa but played mostly 2nd five for Taranaki. He went on to serve on the Management Committee as well as coaching and managing several afternoon grade sides in the 1970s.
Bob,s passion and commitment to rugby was accentuated when as a fundraising activity for the redevelopment of Yarrow Stadium he ran around Mount Taranaki.