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As posted Friday it was with a lot of sadness that we all became aware of the passing of Blair Kurtz. Although Blair only played two games of first grade for Parra he had been a part of winning u/23 premiership teams.

In my early 20's I became involved in greyhound racing and was fortunate enough to have Blair look over my dogs for many years as he had trained in veterinary science during his playing days. Blair had undoubted potential in the ability to diagnose greyhound injuries and soreness. I knew of owners and trainers who would travel over an hour by car just so Blair could look over the dogs.

Blair was also one of the most well mannered and well natured individuals I've ever met in my life. When his diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease occurred the community to put it quite simply was shocked. He was a fit man who trained and kept fit and was married with two teenage children.

His passing is just another indication of how cruel and short life can be. On behalf of many in the Kellyville Ridge area may I say he will be sadly missed and our community will not be the same without him.

Blair is survived by his wife and his two teenage children. Parra Forever Blair.

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Hope the eels can notch up a win in his memory.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      KURTZ, Blair. Passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on March 12, 2017 aged 54 years. Dearly loved and adored husband of Kim, father of Rachael and Aaron. Much loved son of Shirley and Geoff Kurtz (dec). Very special son-in-law of Valmai and Clifford Trenbath (dec). Respected and admired by all from Quakers Hill Veterinary Hospital and all who knew him. Don't weep because I'm gone, smile because I have been. Blair's family invites you to attend a celebration of his life in the Garden Chapel, Castlebrook Crematorium, Windsor Rd, Rouse Hill on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 commencing at 10am. In lieu of floral tributes, please consider a donation to Motor Neurone Disease Assoc. on (02) 8877 0999 in Blair's honour. - See more at: http://tributes.smh.com.au/obituaries/smh-au/obituary.aspx?pid=1845...

I'll tell you a couple a things about Blair Kurtz, football wise.
I spoke to 2 blokes that played a lot of lowers with him at Parra (both forwards)..
One was my uncle, and he said if Blair was a bigger whinged and a louder mouth he would have played a lot more first grade.
On many occasions he got picked to play first grade (and this is when Parra had some super first grade teams) then at the last minute would be told he'd be dropped back to reggies, or not play at all.
He would just cop it, shut his mouth and never complain.
My uncle couldn't rap him highly enough.
Said he was a great player and an even nicer bloke.
Another ex player, who played front row said he played reggies one day with Blair, and he said Blair hit Pat Jarvis (then playing for St. George) that hard, he thought he'd killed him..
I said 'figuratively speaking?'..
He said 'No, I thought he was dead!!'.
I spoke to Peter Kelly (ex Newtown, Canterbury and Penrith) and he said Jarvis was granite...
He also operated on my staffy, and was as polite a man as you'd meet.
Wasn't interested in taking footy, just wanted to make sure my dog was alright.
Vale Blair Kurtz

well said tanklyn

Good on ya mate. Well done.
Get up for him Parra!

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