'Golden heart': Shane Tuck farewelled by family in moving tribute

Chris Young
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
A 50-50 split image shows Shane Tuck playing for Richmond in 2005, and Katherine Tuck speaking at his funeral on the right.
Katherine Tuck (right) delivered a stirring tribute to her late husband, former Richmond Tigers player Shane Tack, at his funeral in Pakenham on Wednesday. Pictures: Getty Images/Fox Sports

The family of Shane Tuck have paid their respects to the former Richmond Tigers hero in a moving ceremony on Wednesday morning.

An emotional service was held in Pakenham for Tuck, who died last week, aged 38.

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The son of Hawthorn legend Michael Tuck, Shane played 178 games for Richmond, becoming a fan favourite during a tough era for the Tigers, known for his toughness around the footy.

Tuck’s wife Katherine shared part of a letter she had written for her late husband, which was to be buried with him at the conclusion of the service.

“You had an amazing life and accomplished so much,” she said.

“You were robbed of your life in the end by the illness and what was happening in your mind.

“We know that your two biggest achievements were (son and daughter) Will and Ava, and I will keep your memory living on in their lives.

“They will know how much you loved them and how much you achieved. They will grow up into kind and beautiful people because they are a part of you.”

Shane Tuck farewelled with stirring tributes

Katherine Tuck’s tribute to Shane was followed by a stirring speech from the former Tiger’s sister Renee, who spoke of her brother’s love for his mum and dad.

“He said to me in his final days how lucky we were to have such wonderful parents, such wonderful people as our parents,” she said.

“Nothing but love all round.

The Richmond Tigers are pictured linking arms for a minute of silence to remember former teammate Shane Tuck.
Richmond stand for a minute of silence in memory of former team mate Shane Tuck before the round 8 AFL match against the Greater Western Sydney Giants. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

“We fought Shane’s battle alongside him until the end — and I knew how much he loved me.”

Renee also read a poem to her brother as part of the service.

“A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hand sat rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us he only takes the best.”

Since Tuck’s death last week, tributes poured in from the football world, particularly from his former coaches and teammates.

Former Tigers coach Terry Wallace said Tuck was as honest as the day was long after hearing of his former midfielder’s death.

“He was such a lovely guy. I couldn’t speak more volumes about him. He was the typical country lad,” Wallace said.

“Such a loyal guy, he couldn’t have been any more loyal to me.

“A very, very, loveable person and one of the great characters around that football club at the time.”