Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 8:06 AM

Today, the West Perth Football Club is mourning the losses of Life Member, Joe Barron who passed away last night and past player Lindsay Holland who passed away over the weekend. 


Joe Barron was a unique personality that every club has. He was always at the club with a cigarette and a brandy. He spoke to everyone and everyone knew who he was. 

Vice President Scott Ballem has very fond memories of Joe Barron;

"Joey Barron lived and breathed West Perth. He lived a stones throw from Leederville Oval for the best part of his married life, a decision I believe he made after being married to ensure that he could be at the club when it suited him.

He was a plumber by trade and was the ‘service and maintenance man’ at both Leederville Oval and Subiaco Oval right up to about 1997.

He spent many years as the clubs property man when we were at Leederville Oval – we would have to check the old annual reports to see what years he served in this role, but from my understanding it would have been at least 20 – 25 years as either assistant property man or head property man up until around 1990.

When the club moved to Joondalup in 1994 – so did Joe and his wife. He could not stand to live more than walking distance from the club.

Upon our arrival at Joondalup he became our cleaner. He would wander into the offices daily to tell Tracy stupid jokes, test Woody’s patience with his advice and promise me he would be at my funeral because I was living a sordid life. He held that role until around 1998, when age and his ailing (one eyed) vision meant he could not do the job any more.

His favourite player was Billy Dempsey. He loved Demmo like a son and I am pretty sure he has looked after Demmo in his younger years with meals and family support. Every time we won a flag, Joey had to have the premiership port bottle number 12. I hid it from him in 1995 and told him I was keeping it and I thought he was going to literally cry. He has it to this day. 

His last few years were spent as a widower in Joondalup and his ailing health has kept him from games this year. But he was at most home games last year. The highlights of his day at the footy were always his one scotch, a chat with Demmo and a hug from Tracy. And he told me he would come to my funeral right up to the last time I saw him". 

The Funeral Cortege for Mr Joseph Barron of Joondalup, formerly of Scarborough and Leederville will arrive at PINNAROO Valley Memorial Park, Whitfords Ave, Padbury at 11.00am on MONDAY (20.5.2013) for a Cremation Service. 


Lindsay Holland played for the West Perth Football Club from 1959 to 1963. He made his debut for the red and the blue on the 9th of May 1959 and in his 16 League games kicked an impressive 55 goals. David Dyson remembers Lindsay as a gifted goal kicking forward. He was a Premiership player for the Reserves in 1960 when they beat East Fremantle in the Grand Final.

The Funeral Service for Mr Lindsay Maxwell Holland of Swan View, originally of Kwolyn, will be held in Bowra & O'Dea's Chapel, cnr Great Eastern Hwy and Robinson Rd, Bellevue, commencing at 10.30am on FRIDAY morning (17.5.2013) followed by a Private Cremation. 

The West Perth Football Club passes on its condolences to both the Barron and Holland families.