Vale David John Steven

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the passing of David Steven, much loved son of John and Audrey, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and to the OCGAFC community, a favourite, loyal son who will be truly missed and warmly remembered by his teammates and all who he met at our football club. Our thoughts and condolences go to his family during this difficult time.

David’s first game was round 1 with the Seniors in 1974. He went on to play 208 games, 198 with the Senior Team and 10 with the Reserves, across 13 seasons. These were some of the most successful years in Old Camberwell’s history with David playing in two Premierships in 1978 (D Grade) and 1982 (C Grade). There were many individual honours including the Best & Fairest he jointly won in the 1982, captaincy of the Seniors in 1979, 1980, 1983 and 1985 and being named in the Team of the Century in 2010. He went on to serve on the club committee for several years and was Secretary in 1986. David was made a Life Member of OCGAFC in 1987.

When speaking with teammates this week, it was clear that his most treasured moments were playing and celebrating alongside his mates, supporting them on and off the field and being a true clubman in every sense.

In memory of David and to celebrate what he stood for, the Club, former players and our coterie group, the Wellsmen, have decided to create the David Steven Medal. This will be presented to the best afield for our Men’s and Women’s 1st XVIII on the day of the annual Wellsmen lunch at GBO. Each year, we will ask one of David’s family or teammates to present the medals and share a little about him and Old Camberwell.

Like me, many currently at OCGAFC did not know Dave well but he left a lasting impression on us with his passion, laughter, warmth, and interest in our future, particularly our Women’s Teams, and his love of our football club. A few weeks ago he wrote to me and his words speak for themselves:

Dear Adam,

Thank you for your kind words. Good luck for this weekend’s Super Saturday. I’m not sure when your lunch is on but if you’d kindly let me know I’ll be sure to miss it!  🙂

There has not been one day when a club member, life member or ex team member hasn’t dropped in which has made me realise the importance of investing one’s time into such an important tradition.

But hey, if I miss this year I’ll be there next year.  :/

Thanks again for your kind words.




A service to celebrate his life will be held in the Camberwell Room, Camberwell Grammar School, Mont Albert Road, Camberwell (enter via Gate 3 or Gate 5) on Friday, 15th of June at 10.00 a.m.