Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Clem Rankin a Man of Many Talents

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Clem Rankin a Man of Many Talents

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Byline: GREG WHITE

IN MEMORIAM: The late Clem Rankin (left) with wife Patricia and Stephen Haines during the Grafton Ghosts' 50th anniversary celebrations in June 2013.

DECORATED police officer, surf lifesaver and rugby league coach.

The late Clem Rankin was all those things but will always be remembered as a family man, great friend and real character of Coffs Harbour and North Coast life.

Mr Rankin died last week after a battle with leukemia.

As a young constable, he was posted to Grafton where in 1963 he eventually became the local rugby league club's inaugural captain-coach.

"Clem was the first man in charge of the Grafton Ghosts and partly the reason for their name," league identity Roy Dunn recalled.

"He was playing for All Blacks when they amalgamated with another club to form Grafton.

"People found out he would be captain-coach of this new a[approximately]ghost' club and the name stuck to the team.

"He later switched to Coffs Harbour where he played for and coached the Diggers team. …

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