OBITUARY: Ian Keith Tudor.
BORN: April 16, 1931.
DIED: February 24, 2013.
THE Northern Tasmanian Junior Football Association would not be where it is today without Ian Tudor.
Tudor was one of the six founders of the NTJFA, which started in 1974.
He was a quiet man, but a man who had a passion to help others and a love for sport, especially football.
Tudor, 81, passed away at his home on Sunday after losing his battle with an ongoing illness.
But wife Jan, will never forget the good times.
"He was a very quiet man, he never pushed forward or anything like that, he was just a quiet achiever who loved life and anything to do with sport," she said.
"He was a Carlton supporter for more than 60-odd years and when we moved out to this area, he was a City- South supporter.
"Before that he was North Launceston supporter, but we won't hold that against him."
But sport wasn't just something Tudor was a supporter of.
He played for the former Churinga Football Club until 1959 - when he had to stop because of his job at Ansett - he was a state rower, and a keen basketballer.
"He won the first-ever (basketball) state premiership in 1952 for Churinga," Mrs Tudor said.
"He played golf, he rowed and then when the kids came he played sport with them."
He even watched his grandchildren dance in competitions and helped out with Little Athletics.
But the one true love and passion of Mr Tudor was football, especially the South Launceston Football Club.
He had been a keen supporter of the club for 40 years and he was also a life member.
"Towards the end we could only go to the home games, but on a Friday night he would be there till whenever he could," Mrs Tudor said.
South Launceston Football Club chief executive Daniel Smedley said Tudor was integral to City-South and later the South Launceston Junior Football Club.
"He formed an important part in the formation of the City-South Junior Football Club - later South Launceston - with his children and his wife being some of the original people involved," Smedley said.
In 2004, the NTJFA under-16 Tudor- Thurlow Cup was named in honour of Tudor and the late Peter Thurlow, who was a good friend, for their commitment to establish the association in 1974.
Thurlow's son, Mark, said although he was only young when his dad and Tudor started the association, he had got to know Ian Tudor in later years.
"The NTJFA wouldn't be where it is today without people like Ian," he said.
"It's a very sad loss."
Mr Tudor's funeral will be held on Monday at the South Launceston Football Club rooms, Youngtown, and will start at 2pm.