Cowra loses a favourite son in Sid Kallas

Residents, along with community and sporting groups are remembering Cowra great Sid Kallas.
Residents, along with community and sporting groups are remembering Cowra great Sid Kallas.

Cowra has lost one of its favourite sons with the passing of Sid Kallas OAM.

Tributes flooded in on Monday morning, with his beloved Cowra Magpies saying they had lost a legend.

"Few people have enriched our town like Sid," the club said.

"For decades Sid was the heart and soul of our great club.

"His dedication to the administration, fundraising and support of our club was second to none and will never be forgotten.

"RIP peace our teammate, our teacher, our friend."

Born and bred here, Mr Kallas grew up in Watt Street before gaining a scholarship to go to teacher's college.

After some brief stints in Mendooran, Dunedoo and Coonabarabran, Mr Kallas returned home, where he taught at Mulyan Public School from 1969 to 1997.

It was upon his return to Cowra that he got roped into selling some raffle tickets for the Magpies - a role he would continue for the next 44 years.

He helped to found Cowra Junior Rugby League in 1971 and was a president, treasurer and more recently a life member of the clubs.

Mr Kallas also volunteered with the Cowra Chamber of Commerce, Cowra Festival of Lachlan Valley, Cowra Heart Support, Cowra Lions Club and at Bilyara Retirement Village.

When he received his Order of Australia Medal in 2015 for his services to the Cowra community and to rugby league, Mr Kallas told the Cowra Guardian his "greatest honour" was when the Cowra Magpies decided to name their home ground after him - Sid Kallas Oval.