Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Former Carlton president John Elliott dies 10 days short of 80th birthday

Former president of the Carlton AFL club John Elliott has died, aged 79, just 10 days short of his 80th birthday.

His family confirmed on Thursday night he had passed away at Melbourne’s Epworth hospital. Elliot was said to be in poor health after suffering a fall recently.

“Sadly, my father, John Elliot, died just a couple of hours ago,” son Tom Elliott said on 3AW radio.

“He had been ill for a few weeks. He had a bad fall a little while back and had been at the Epworth hospital at Richmond. We got the very sad news this afternoon that he had taken his last breath.”

“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of John Dorman Elliott,” the family said.

“Dad will be greatly missed by his four children Tom, Caroline, Edward and Alexandra. Their children Henry, Sebastian, India, Ava, Lottie and Mathilda will remember forever their “Grandpa Jack”.

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“Also in mourning are John’s brother Ross, sister-in-law Jenny, former partner Joanne and second wife Amanda. They are joined in grief by numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and other close relatives. Vale Dad.”’

He was an iconic but controversial figure at Carlton, where he was president from 1983 to 2002.

During his time in charge of the club, the Blues won two premierships in 1987 and 1995.

Elliott was voted out as president of Carlton after the 2002 AFL season when the club was found to have breached salary cap regulations, which resulted in almost $1 million in fines and other sanctions.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg was one of several politicians who paid tribute to Elliott on social media.

“Very sad to learn of the passing of former Liberal Party & @CarltonFC President John Elliott,” he wrote on Twitter.

“He was a proud Victorian and a larger than life figure.

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He was the Federal president of the Liberal Party from 1987-1990 and a member of the Liberal Party for more than 30 years.

“Elliott, the former Federal President of the Liberal Party once touted as a future Australian Prime Minister, was the unmistakable face of Carlton through a record 20-year presidency which surpassed Sir Kenneth Luke’s 18 years in office,” a lengthy obituary Carlton posted on their website, read.

“Replacing Ian Rice as President at the tail end of the back-to-back Premiership seasons of 1981 and ’82, the autocratic Elliott and his board of directors presided, for the most part, over a period of on-field and off-field prosperity.

“Immortalised as the cigarette-smoking, scotch-swilling ‘Rubbery Figure’, the larger-than-life Elliott saw his beloved Blues triumph in the Grand Finals of 1987 and ’95 – the latter affording the club its 16th piece of silverware, at the time more than any other.

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