Life Member and former Northern League player Rod Larnach dies aged 71

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One of Cambridge FC’s pioneering players and committee members, Rod Larnach, has died after a short illness.

Rod Larnach, who was 71, achieved much as a player and administrator at Cambridge, leading to his Life Membership of the club, awarded in 1988.

He joined the club as a junior in 1957, playing in the same team as current club president Peter Martens.

He progressed through the junior grades and became a first team player in the 1970s, appearing in the Northern League which Cambridge joined in 1972.

His father, Jack, was a member of the club’s committee and in the late 1970s, Rod became one of the youngest members of the club’s committee.

“He was one of a few younger members who joined the committee, injecting new ideas and some fresh thinking,” Peter Martens recalled.

“He was a good player; he was really good on the committee – overall, he was a club man.”

Rod Larnach spent much of his later life at the Winderhome Resthome, Cambridge, and then at CHT, Te Awamutu.

Our club sends its condolences to the Larnarch family and friends.

His death notice published in the NZ Herald says:

LARNACH, Rodney James (Rod). After a short illness on 3rd May 2020, aged 71. Loving Dad of Jamie, Caroline and Sarah. Poppa Rod to Aria, Lucia, Amy, and Claude. Loved son of the late Jack and Thelma. Brother and brother in law of Bruce and Helen, Raewyn and Ock (Bennett). Former husband to Kay and brother in law of Lee. Uncle to Kelly, Loren, Aaron, Damian and Shane. Foster father to Linda and Ale. A private cremation has been held. A memorial service will follow at a later date and details will be published. Special thanks to past and present staff at Windermere Resthome, Cambridge, and CHT, Te Awamutu. Messages please to Rae Bennett, 26 Whitaker Street, Kihikihi. Te Awamutu Funeral Services,