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RIP Richard Kardas - 2015-02-27

Former Melville first team player Richard Kardas has died, aged 46.

Kardas passed away peacefully on February 25, surrounded by his family and friends, after suffering from cancer.

Richard was a defender in the Melville AFC first team in the early 1990s and part of the squad which won the northern premier league in 1995.

Melville coach Steve Williams described Kardas as "salt of the earth".

"He was a good club man, fitted in with everybody, and in later years was a spectator at Gower Park. He never wavered as a supporter and was very dependable.

"I had a lot of time for Richard."

He was the son of former Hamilton AFC president Rex Kardas, while his twin brother Ron is also a former melville first teamer.

A service for Richard will be held at the Hamilton Crematorium Chapel, Newstead, 1pm on Saturday 28th February 2015.