ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved Mum, Nannie, Sister, Aunty, and treasured friend  Suzanne Smith. She will always be in  our hearts.  We will remember her forever.

Please share your photos, memories and stories.

Thankyou 
Jen, Kim +Sharyn and our families 
Posted by Dee Cherry on May 22, 2021
Sue,

I didn’t know you all that well but you were part of our footy family. What was obvious from the first time I met you were how warm and friendly you were. It was easy to see you were a nice person with a good heart. I will miss seeing your face at the footy. GO PIES!!!
Posted by Bridget Mockler on May 22, 2021
Dear Sue,
I miss you. I’m so grateful to have had you in my life. Thank you for showering me with your love and support since the day I was born, it was always felt and I am ever so grateful.
So many beautiful memories I get to keep, thanks to you and I will always smile when I think of you and when I reflect back on the times we spent together (Netball, trips to the coast and the many, many sleep overs to name a few).
Thank you Sue, I love you dearly, will miss you always xo
Posted by Jonathan Toze on May 22, 2021
Dear Sue,
On behalf of the tens of thousands of Tuggeranong Netball players who have had a sport they would not have had access to, thank you. We will rename a perpetual trophy in your memory so all can remember you always.

Posted by Ian Dawson on April 26, 2021
Dear Sue, I met you in 1989 at Wanniasa High School in Canberra when we played Volleyball together. This turned out to be a long lasting friendship until you sadly left us. I will never forget your sense of humour and the good times we had together. All my love,
Dawsie x x
Posted by Helen Whitby on April 26, 2021
My dear dear friend my heart is broken and I will love and remember you forever. You are loved and missed by all who knew you
Posted by Louise Knell on April 24, 2021
There are so many memories that the ladies and I have, of you, and from you Sue 
I shall add some photos if I can work it out... not sure what will happen now as you were my tech guru.
From all your sisters and friends from The Northern Breast Cancer Support Group
Posted by EJ Steele on April 24, 2021
Dear Sue, we are so sad that you've left so soon. Thank you for all the lovely times - you were a very special lady and you should be very proud of your beautiful family.
Em, Gav, Sam and Frankie xx
Posted by Gerry Kennedy on April 24, 2021
From all your friends at Tourism Melbourne, the Booth will forever miss ‘Tuesday Sue’. Xx
Posted by Michele Beacom on April 24, 2021
Sue Its still hard to believe you have gone. I miss you so much and love you even more. Thank you for being an amazing friend who we will never forget.
RIP Beautiful Lady. Our footy family will always remember you
Love you forever Michele and Dave xxx
Posted by Jacqueline Cherry on April 24, 2021
In loving memory of Sue
I will never forget you
Love Jacqui
Your Footy Family
Posted by Sharyn Macrae on April 23, 2021
TRIBUTE FROM TUGGERANONG NETBALL ASSOCIATION.

It is with great sadness that the Executive of the Tuggeranong Netball Association (TNA), together with all Life Members, advise that Life Member Suzanne Smith passed away on Sunday 4 April 2021 at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. 

Suzanne, better known as Sue to all her many friends, was awarded the very first Life Membership of TNA in recognition of her significant contribution to the establishment of the netball facility in the Tuggeranong Valley. Her efforts have resulted in the successful delivery of netball to many generations of players in the Tuggeranong Valley over the past 29 years.

Without the years of dedication and commitment of the Life Members TNA would not be what it is today, and this effort was led by Sue through her pioneering efforts to establish and develop the TNA.

As previously stated, Sue was TNA’s first Life Member. This honour was bestowed on her in 1996 in recognition of the role she played in establishing TNA as an independent association in the first instance and was followed by her working closely with the ACT Government to establish our home courts at Calwell.

It was through her expertise and hard work that TNA came into being and has been successfully bringing netball to the Tuggeranong community since 1982 when we played on the courts at Kambah No3 oval and later at our current home in Calwell which was opened in 1988.

TNA commenced operation under the guidance of the Tuggeranong Sports and Recreation Association (TSARA) and the Arawang Netball Association in 1982.

Games were conducted at the original netball facility in the Valley at the Kambah No 3 oval with nine grass and four asphalt courts and no lighting. We had no office facility on site so every week the competition organisers brought everything needed for the games in their cars and ran all of the games from a fold up card table in the middle of the grass court area. We successfully ran the Winter Competition and the Summer Twilight Competition in this way for the next six years. Over this time Sue was actively involved in running the weekly competitions while also working to establish netball in the Valley as a sporting endeavour with its own governance and identity.

Under Sue’s guidance TNA achieved separate status as an incorporated body on 28 December 1984. It was subsequently admitted as the fifth District affiliated with the ACT Netball Association.

Sue was also one of the first TNA umpires to receive State Accreditation at the C Badge level.

As the player and member numbers continued to grow steadily it was apparent that the temporary arrangements at the Kambah facility could no longer provide the facilities necessary to run the number of games weekly to meet the growing demands.

It was at this point that Sue took the initiative on behalf of the Committee to lobby the ACT Government for a permanent site and home for TNA. We were originally scheduled to move to Monash, however, the Government decided to locate TNA to its present location, with the assurance that Calwell would eventually become the centre of a large Tuggeranong Valley community.

After much consultation between Sue, as TNA’s representative, and ACT Government staff the courts were developed in Were Street Calwell and officially opened by then local member Ros Kelly on 16 April 1988, which was also Sue’s 39th birthday. The original lease included four asphalt courts and a small pavilion with the grass courts being leased from the Government. 

Sue continued to contribute to the Executive and Committee in numerous roles for many more years, as well as continuing her very active participation as a player, coach and umpire.

Sue’s greatest loves were her daughters and her five grandchildren. She left her involvement with TNA when she moved to Melbourne in 2010 in order to be part of their growing up.

Sue loved being a contributing member of her community wherever she was. She volunteered as a support to the schools her girls attended as well as their many sporting interests. Netball was principle among these, but she was also involved in touch football when her daughter Kim was playing.

Her volunteer pursuits were constant and endless, she was highly committed to breast cancer groups both in Canberra and Melbourne where, as a survivor, she assisted with many fundraising and support group activities.

She also volunteered for the Melbourne city council providing tourist information, advice and direction to visitors to her city as well as locals needing help to find their way around town. Sue was also a volunteer driver to Olympic executives during the Sydney Olympics.

We all know that one of Sue’s greatest loves and passions was her beloved Collingwood football club. After she returned to Melbourne, she rarely missed attending a game and, win or lose, her support for the black and white never wavered.

Sue will be greatly missed by many.

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Posted by Dee Cherry on May 22, 2021
Sue,

I didn’t know you all that well but you were part of our footy family. What was obvious from the first time I met you were how warm and friendly you were. It was easy to see you were a nice person with a good heart. I will miss seeing your face at the footy. GO PIES!!!
Posted by Bridget Mockler on May 22, 2021
Dear Sue,
I miss you. I’m so grateful to have had you in my life. Thank you for showering me with your love and support since the day I was born, it was always felt and I am ever so grateful.
So many beautiful memories I get to keep, thanks to you and I will always smile when I think of you and when I reflect back on the times we spent together (Netball, trips to the coast and the many, many sleep overs to name a few).
Thank you Sue, I love you dearly, will miss you always xo
Posted by Jonathan Toze on May 22, 2021
Dear Sue,
On behalf of the tens of thousands of Tuggeranong Netball players who have had a sport they would not have had access to, thank you. We will rename a perpetual trophy in your memory so all can remember you always.

her Life

Sue's Life Story

Suzanne Maree Smith was born on Saturday 16 April 1949, the day before Easter, in Ringwood, Melbourne to parents Hector and Marie Smith. 

She spent the first 12 months of her life living on a prison farm, near Templestowe, before moving to Portarlington at the age one. 

It was here, the family - including her brothers Phlilip and Rodney, and her sister Kaye - would spend most of their happy early years. 

Sue went to Portarlington Primary with a year stint at Templestowe Primary, before attending Matthew Flinders Girls School in Geelong for High School. 

Sue came from a hard working family. She was more interested in leaving school as soon as she could to get a job than staying on to finish Year 12. 

Before marrying Paul Hutchinson in 1968, Sue worked in a clothing factory in Geelong. 

Newly married, Sue and Paul moved to Canberra due to Paul’s work where Sue immediately got a job at Woolworths in Civic where she worked until Sharyn was born in 1971. 

In 1973 Kim was born, followed by Jen in 1979. 

Sue’s three girls were her world. 

If you knew Sharyn or Kim or Jen, then you knew Sue. As the girls worked their way through Wanniassa Hills Primary School and then Wanissa High School, there was Sue, getting involved, volunteering, always rolling up her sleeves to help out. 

Sue went so far as to secure a bus licence so she could help ferry around hoards of kids to Netball, Touch and Volleyball games. Passing the bus driving test was no mean feat. One of requirements was that Sue had to back the bus down Black Mountain. 

If you got hurt or were in trouble or needed help, Sue would be there. Doing what she could, never wanting anything in return, often without having to be asked. 

Sue was a fabulous mix of caring and competitive. Sue would stand on the sidelines of many games with her fist in the air, yelling her heart, urging her girls and everyone else on. 

Sue loved sports.

She was a gifted 10 Pin Bowler, winning several awards before she broke her toe, forcing her to turn her attention to Netball, Touch Football and Volleyball. 

As much as she loved to play, she also loved to watch and was an avid follower of tennis and cricket. And then of course, there’s her long standing obsessive love for AFL, especially the Collingwood Football Club. 

Sue liked team sports, because Sue liked people. I think she enjoyed drinking Sherry in the carpark of Wanniassa High School after the game with the bunch of friends she played with more than volleyball itself. Her Sherry technique was certainly better than her volleyball technique. 

It was the experience of adversity in her life that revealed Sue’s courage and grit. 

After her divorce from Paul, Sue fought for everything she had. Working her way through the ranks of the Department of Education in various roles over 25 years - from Wanniassa High School to Erindale Colleges Student Services, to the Department’s Ministerial Support Area, to working at INTACT, the ACT IT HelpDesk Doing budgets and spreadsheets. 

It was with the same courage and grit that Sue faced her first Breast Cancer diagnosis in 1995. 

But even in the midst of her own challenges, Sue kept reaching out, caring for others, loving her community as a volunteer at Floriade and the Sydney Olympics where Sue drove the Head of the Sydney Olympics, Sandy Holloway around for a month. 

In 2010, Sue retraced her steps back southward, and retired to Melbourne. 

In classic Sue style, retirement was just an opportunity to give more of her time to the things she loved most. 

First and foremost her five Grandchildren - Maisy, Archie, Charlotte, Vivienne, and Celia - in whom she delighted. Giving them all the treats their parents wouldn’t keep in the house. Knitting for them. Being diligent in developing a unique and special relationship with each one. 

Retirement also allowed Sue to volunteer her heart out. Which she did, with the Breast Cancer Network. Both in fundraising efforts standing in supermarkets selling badges and big events at the MCG. And also in the unseen work of supporting women after their initial diagnosis. 

Sue also joined the City of Melbourne volunteer program, being part of a team that provided support for anyone coming into the CBD. Sue would stand on street corners in her red jacket, or in the Information booth on Bourke Street, or go down to the docks at Port Melbourne at 6am in the morning and welcome the latest Cruise Ship. Helping the disembarking passengers to get MYKI cards. And dispensing local wisdom - like you’re unlikely to catch cod fish off the Pier in St Kilda. And if you’ve only got a few hours before you need to be back on the Boat, a trip to the 12 Apostles might need to wait.

On her passing, Sue’s service to the City of Melbourne was recognised with a lovely tribute from The Lord Mayor, and others in the Herald Sun. 

In so many ways, over so many years, Sue made time and space in her life for people. If Sue asked you how you were, she was one of those rare people who actually stood to listen to the answer. 

In the midst of her own struggles, despite the challenges of her own health, Sue doggedy, and courageously showed up in the world and in our lives to help and to care. 

She cared for strangers and fellow travellers. 

She delighted in her friends. 

She loved her girls and her grandchildren fiercely. 

Sue was a gift to us all, and we are so grateful.
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Shared by Sandy Hibberd on April 24, 2021
Sue, we are so saddened that you never got the opportunity to our beautifully daughter and that you left us before our son has entered the world.  We know that you will add our small family to the many people you will watch over. We are so touched that you made it up to our wedding here in Canberra just over two years ago, despite the fact that you weren’t well yourself at the time.  I will personally always treasure some specific advice and support that you gave me over the years, and am forever grateful for the weeks of a roof over my head you gave me when i first moved back to Canberra all those years ago.  Lots of love Sandy, Greg, Willow and “Nemo