By Andrew’s family
Always ready with a welcome smile Andrew ‘Poondi’ Constable was an integral part of the Mullumbimby community throughout his life.
Andrew grew up playing Rugby League as a junior giant and went on to play for his beloved Mullumbimby Giants. Whilst he formed many friendships in the game, the ‘Best Looking’ Prop was always a hot topic of contention. A short time at University saw Andrew selected as part of the Australian Universities Rugby League touring team to England.
Andrew was quick to set his heart on his life partner Roxy and together they created a wonderful life. As a young couple they headed to Sydney where Andrew put the skills he’d developed managing the Chincogan Tavern (now the Court House), where some colourful and fun filled nights were had, to good use and he managed a number of pubs and bars in Kings Cross, Maroubra and the Legions Club in Coogee.
It was in Sydney that Andrew and Roxy had their two sons, Jackson and Isaac, and it was their desire to bring their sons up back in Byron Shire that brought them home.
Returning to manage the Mullum Leagues Club Andrew was also able to introduce his sons to the greatest game of all, carrying on a family tradition.
Throughout their life here in Mullumbimby Andrew and Roxy became familiar faces in the community. Andrew working at the Mullum Ex-Services Club and Bowling Club and Roxy as a skilled educator. Andrew’s genial nature and sense of humour was served with every drink, meal, pokie and raffle win. Friday night raffles at the Mullum Ex-Services Club demonstrated Andrew’s style and confidence, working and living in this community. Somewhere along his life journey, the nickname ‘Poondi’ became widely used.
Andrew was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) and as his diagnose became more known, he was cared for by a loving wife and sons. His circle of friends rallied to his support. His family shared the journey of his brave fight against this most horrible disease.
Andrew is fondly remembered by many. His respectful attitude to everyone, his care and support of others was felt by many in our community.
To the end of this life, Andrew retained his sense of humour and dignity that has touched so many. Andrew gave his living consent to donate his organs to offer the chance to extend life to others, there is no greater service he could have given. This act cuts through our grief as we remember a beautiful human that is Andrew Keith Constable.
Celebration of Andrew’s life
A celebration of Andrew’s life will be held this Thursday, January 23 at the Mullumbimby Rugby League Grounds from 3 till 6pm. Everyone is welcome. Bring your smiles and a plate to share. In lieu of flowers there will be a donation bucket for MND.