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Larger than life

Wednesday, 9th October, 2013

A shot of Brian Bearman from 1988 when he won the Middleton medal A shot of Brian Bearman from 1988 when he won the Middleton medal

By By Darrin Manuel

Well-loved champ loses his battle with cancer

Members and players of the North Football Club awoke to the sad news yesterday that champion Brian Bearman lost his battle with cancer.

Mr Bearman, 54, had been battling pancreatic cancer for around 18 months. He passed away at home surrounded by his family in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The former club captain was revered amongst the blue and white faithful for his courage and skill in 213 senior games at centre half back.

His outstanding playing career stretched from 1978 to 1993 and featured three premierships (1986, 1988, 1992), a Middleton Medal (1988), and numerous club best and fairest awards and representative games for Broken Hill and South Australia.

Off the field Brian was well known for his work with the local television station, a job which eventually took him to Pt Pirie where he served as Southern Cross’ general manager in South Australia.

Mr Bearman battled through his treatment to return to the city in 2012 to be with his beloved Bulldogs at their past players reunion where a special Old Timer’s weekend medal was given out in his honour for the first time.

North Football Club president, Ben Victory, said his passing would be felt by all in the Bulldogs’ camp.

“The North Football Club is deeply saddened by the news of Brian’s passing. He meant so much to so many at the club and around town in general,” he said.

“He was a larger-than-life figure at the club, a person who won almost every individual and team award this club and league have to offer.

“He will be remembered always, but no more so than at every Old Timer’s reunion weekend with the best player from the A grade game awarded a medal in his honor.

“The North Football Club as a whole are thinking of Brian’s family and friends at this sad time.”

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