Dennis Spagarino Obituary, Death – After learning that our esteemed Life Member and former Chairman Dennis Spagarino had passed away, today was met with a great deal of sadness from everyone who was aware of the situation. Everyone will grieve his passing in their own unique ways. Dennis, who was born and raised in the Western Suburbs and was given the grade number 689, started out as a lower-level official in the system but eventually worked his way up to become an extremely successful first-grade referee. He was able to accomplish this by working his way up through the ranks of the organization.
After he retired, he took a job as the Referees Coach for the NSWRL. In this role, he utilized his advanced management and communication skills to mentor a large number of referees who are now active in the industry. In addition to this, Dennis was presented with the honor of a Life Membership from both the Western Suburbs Referees Association and the New South Wales Rugby League. He held the position of Chairman of the NSWRLRA for a very long time and did so in a way that earned him a great deal of respect from the other members of the association.
The passing of Dennis is being keenly felt by a great number of people, and as a result, the members of the NSWRLRA have gotten together to send their love, thoughts, and prayers to you and your family during this trying time. We are sorry for your loss. During this difficult time, we will continue to keep his wife Karen, along with their daughters Debra and Joanne, in our thoughts and prayers. His many close friends and coworkers will miss his enormous presence, as well as his hilarious sense of humor, sound advice, and genuine concern for the well-being of others. He will be greatly missed. He will be sorely missed by everyone.