Tributes are pouring in after it was announced Saturday morning that a Hawthorn Hawks club legend has passed away at the age of 55.
Hawthorn great Paul Dear has passed away at the age of 55.
The 1991 grand finale Norm Smith medalist had battled pancreatic cancer in a two-year battle.
Hawthorn confirmed the news in an official statement Saturday morning.
“Hawthorn Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of premiership player Paul Dear,” the statement read.
“The club sends its sincere condolences to Paul’s family and friends.
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“He was a loving husband and proud father of four children whom he adored immensely. Paul played 123 games for Hawthorn during a nine-year career from 1987 to 1996.
Arguably his greatest moment in the brown and gold came on Grand Final day 1991, dragging the Hawks to premiership glory. Trailing at the first break, Paul inspired a stunning turnaround, amassed 26 disposals and scoring two goals in a performance that won the Norm Smith Medal.
“When he retired, Paul’s ability to inspire extended beyond the football field as he bravely battled pancreatic cancer following his diagnosis in 2020. Through resilience and dedication, Paul and his family took control of their journey and launched a campaign called Dare to hopewhich raises awareness and funds to support others affected by pancreatic cancer.
“Hawthorn” Dare to hope The competition will take place at the MCG next Sunday, July 17, and will generate vital funding for the dedicated Dare to Hope: Paul Dear Pancreatic Cancer Fund.
“Paul was an important part of the Hawthorn family and our thoughts are with Cherie, Harry, Nate, Maya and Calsher during this difficult time.”