Ron Barassi Obituary, Death – Football legend Ron Barassi died at the age of 87. After winning six premierships with Melbourne, the Victorian concluded his career with Carlton and went on to lead the Blues and North Melbourne to two flags each. The family of the Australian Football Hall of Fame Legend revealed his death in a simple statement on Saturday. “After a full and extraordinary life, Ronald Dale Barassi, aged 87, left us today due to complications from a fall,” said the family. “He died peacefully in the arms of his loving family.”
“We ask for privacy at this time.” Barassi is anticipated to be given a state funeral, with the MCG as a possible venue. Barassi, who was just five years old when his father died in World War II, followed in his father’s footsteps to become a Melbourne premiership player. He revolutionized football multiple times and was honored for his efforts on the field with a spot on the VFL/AFL Team of the Century in 1996. His startling choice to join Carlton as a playing coach following the Demons’ 1964 premiership stunned Melbourne and began a 57-year flag drought.
“Changing clubs was the hardest thing I ever did in football,” he once stated. “In fact, I changed my mind a few times, and it had nothing to do with frisking any extra cash from Carlton.” “I just thought I couldn’t do it.” He won the trophy in 1968 and flipped football on its head in the 1970 grand final, prompting the Blues to handball repeatedly to come from 44 points behind to defeat Collingwood. Barassi managed Melbourne in the 1980s, but he would play an important role in the club’s celebrations following their 2021 triumph. While he is inextricably identified with the Demons, Barassi also had an impact on the Kangaroos and the Sydney Swans.
Prior to his arrival as senior coach, North Melbourne had never won a VFL premiership and had only made a few finals appearances. Barassi almost immediately guided the Kangaroos to five straight grand finals and two triumphs, aided by a massive infusion of strong newcomers from across the country. He’d been out of the game for over a decade when he was called in to help salvage the Swans, albeit he’d leave after only three years. In 2012, Barassi shared his dementia diagnosis with usual levity. “I’m easily distracted. “It’s not a problem,” the 76-year-old said at the time. On Saturday, the AFL community raced to pay respect to one of its greatest greats.