8 June 2016
No person involved with Blue Mountains Rugby from the late 70s through to the 80s 90s and to a lesser extent into the new century could have not have failed to be in awe of, or at times amazed by, the presence of Richard Ernest Kerkham. “Mr Damage" played over 200 games in his beloved Blueys jumper, all in the front row, and he loved and enjoyed every single one of them,he was a rare item in that he was a prop who loved to train, many a cold night his famous catchcry of "give me the pill" could be heard echoing around Lapstone Oval. Dick was also on the committee, and in fact was treasurer when the clubhouse was first built, spending many a Saturday night sleeping over on the couch next to the pot belly stove making sure the days takings were safe with only the beer fridge for company!. But it was off the field that Dick really made an impact, a lover of punk rock, he lived life hard, he was larger than life whether it be a preseason trip, bus trip, end of season trip, club functions, golden oldies tours, post-match kick ons or out of season gatherings,he was always on fire, and always added his unique fashion sense to any event whether it be he famous golden boots,or the brown suit he used to wear to snowy trips, Dick,while he loved his family, he was also had an explosive passion for his Blue Mountains Rugby Club,any initiave,any event that benefited the club, he was first with his hand up not only to provide help, but he always very vocal in support as well including providing much needed Sponsors support. Dick was an icon to so many people from all walks of life, he said to so many of us, “I’m here for a good time, not a long time" and while he was true to his word, it is tragic that the end came so early, to the Kerkham family, please take on board the thoughts of sympathy of all us at Blue Mountains Rugby, and the multitude of people that Dick touched in his life, Mr Damage may be gone, but he leaves behind a legacy of memories that will never be forgotten.
The Funeral Service will held on Friday 10th June 2016 at 2pm at Leura Memorial Gardens