Endre’s parents were refugees from Hungary who met and married in a camp in Europe before emigrating to Melbourne. Endre was raised in Victoria Street, near Errol Street, in North Melbourne where his parents had a bakery and residence.
It was there that Endre’s lifelong love for all things “North” began.
He went to school at St Joseph’s North Melbourne in the 1950s. He was one of a number of boys from migrant families originally from Eastern Europe. The school was much richer for having Endre and others attend.
Endre formed lifelong friendships at school. He was a good swimmer and represented the school well at combined school carnivals.
He then worked at Ford and commenced a long career in purchasing at senior level.
In 1963 he helped form the North Old Boys amateur football club which became one of the most successful clubs in the history of the competition. It was the only club to be promoted in successive years from E grade to A grade where it won premierships.
Endre was an “immortal”. He was a member of the first ever team to take the field in 1963.
He was social secretary in an era when the club ran a series of spectacular functions, the most famous of which were at the Albert Park Rowing Club. Endre was in charge, and the writer has many fond memories of the parties which included searching for “Onga” as he was the only committee member who could tap a barrel.
The North Melbourne Football Club had a devoted member in Endre. Perhaps his devotion can be summarized by recording that in 1975, on a tram from the MCG to the city after the club’s first VFL premiership win. By force of personality he demanded of passengers an endless loop of the “Out They Come” theme song for the entire journey.
In recent times he was still as passionate about the mighty Kangas.
In 1969 he travelled to Europe where he met his future wife, Angela. They have two daughters Caroline and Bridget. He was a loving parent and grandparent, and never happier than when watching and reporting on their progress.
Endre had a great capacity for friendship.
He will be sadly missed by his friends and family.