The Touch community is mourning the loss of a deeply loved friend and Touch legend. Michael Jonson passed away on Saturday after his battle with cancer. Michael was charismatic, loveable, much loved and respected by all lives he “touched”. He was passionate about his Touch Football, he loved to laugh, loved his horses and to have a bet, loved a beer and good wine. He owned a chemist shop in Maurobra for many years and first started playing Touch with South Sydney and then later played for Canterbury. As busy as Michael was he always found the time to travel to Port Macquarie for the NSW State Cup and he also took part in the inaugural Vawdon Cup. He was an experienced Australian representative, being capped eleven times for Australia in test matches as well as taking part in the 1987 Canadian Tour, 1988 FIT World Cup in Australia, 1991 FIT World Cup in New Zealand and the 2000 Masters Tour and the 2002 ATA Masters Tour to South Africa & UK as a member of the Mens Veterans Team. Within NSW Michael represented NSW Mens 35’s in 1983 & 1985, Mens 040s in 1986-1991 and the Mens 45s in 1994 & 1995 before playing in the inaugural NSW Mens 50’s side in 2002. He also represented NSW City in Mens 40’s in 1990 and the Mens 35’s in 93 and was Player /Coach in 1994. He continued on to play for the City Mens 45’s in 1995. At an NTL level he was a Sydney Mets and Sydney Rebels representative in the Mens 45’s and Mens 50’s and in the `early days’ he represented Region 7, which included Easts, Cronulla and South Sydney. Sadly Michael passed away last Saturday morning, he leaves behind four children, and loving family and relatives, and many many friends – we will miss his laughter and his humour. The funeral will be held on Thursday morning and any condolences can be sent to [email protected] or PO Box 276, Maroubra, NSW 2035.