Silver City loses a beautiful man
Saturday, 7th February, 2015
By Darrin Manuel
Broken Hill has lost an icon and a true gentleman with the passing of “Mr Soccer”, Rudolph Alagich OAM.
After arriving in Australia from Yugoslavia in 1932, Rudi established himself as one of the city’s most memorable figures through his tailoring business in Patton Street, his passionate love of soccer, and his tireless work with the local Yugoslav community.
He passed away about 3pm on Thursday at the Broken Hill hospital surrounded by his family after a long battle with illness.
He was 94 years old.
While Rudi’s passing will be a major blow to the city, particularly in the south, his daughter Nancy said there was some comfort in the fact that Rudi’s life concluded in a most tranquil manner.
“We were holding his hands as he went and it was just so peaceful, he just drifted off,” said Nancy.
“A nurse said that it was a ‘beautiful death for a beautiful man’.”
Unsurprisingly, Rudi’s love for soccer endured right up until his final days, with Australia’s 2-1 Asian Cup win over Korea on Saturday providing him with immense joy.
“Of course he’s ‘Mr Soccer’, and he was watching the Socceroos while he was in intensive care.
“And Dad was just so happy when they won, he really loved it.”
Nancy said the Alagich family had received immense support and sympathy from the community as word of Rudi’s passing spread.
“It’s amazing all the people that knew him,” she said.
“He always loved Broken Hill and his soccer, and of course the Napredak Club.”
Napredak Club president David Edgecumbe described Rudi’s passing as a “huge loss” that would be felt by everyone in the community.
“It’s a very sad day for the Napredak Club, he’s been around there for so long, it knocks you a bit,” he said.
“He had a lot of life-long friends and had given a lifetime of service. He lived for the club.
“He’ll be sadly missed by all the members, and our condolences go out to all his family.”