How did Ray Gunston Die? What happened to Ray Gunston?

Following the unexpected death of longtime AFL administrator Ray Gunston, the football world is in grief.

Ray Gunston, a longtime AFL official, and interim Essendon manager passed away unexpectedly, leaving the football world in sadness. At the age of 64, Jack Gunston’s father, a three-time Hawthorn premiership forward, passed away from a heart attack on Tuesday morning at his Southbank residence. Gunston’s wife Mandy, daughter Kate, granddaughter Scarlett, and son Jack all survived him.

Tribute paid to Ray Gunston by Gillon McLachlan:

Gillon McLachlan, the chief executive of the AFL, paid tribute to Gunston, who was known as “The Wall” at AFL House due to his refusal to say “yes.”

He survived on basic salads and chewed fingernails during the course of his working day, according to McLachlan. When Ray worked at AFL House, he was “an immensely valued member of the AFL Executive, both for his ability to lead and accomplish significant initiatives and for his strong principles and ethical framework in how he behaved himself,” according to McLachlan.”It was my privilege to work with him and to consider both him and Mandy friends. He was a valued mentor to a spectrum of professionals in our industry.”

In May 2013, amid the height of the supplements controversy, Gunston was abruptly hired by the Bombers when chief executive Ian Robson left mid-season. He played a significant role in the club accepting its sanction from the AFL for bringing the game into disrepute as well as helping to supervise the selection of Mark Thompson as a coach for the 2014 campaign. Gunston began working for the AFL in July 2015 as the general manager of corporate, big projects, and finance. He formerly served as the Tatts Group’s chief financial officer.

A statement released by AFL Commission Chairman on Ray Gunston’s demise:

Richard Goyder, the chairman of the AFL Commission, also praised Gunston for his work at league headquarters. His “legacy contributions” include “establishing a credit facility during Covid that helped the industry get through it and buying Marvel Stadium.” Goyder stated. “Ray was also a proud footballing father. He frequently could not stay seated during Jack’s games for Adelaide and Hawthorn and was frequently seen roaming the stadium concourse.”

Gunston also held executive positions at Westpac, Price Waterhouse, the Victorian Government, the Aluminium Smelters of Victoria, and Southern Cross Austereo. He served as the chairman and non-executive director of Melbourne Stadiums Limited, Hotel Property Investments, and Sigma Pharmaceuticals. Additionally, he served as a non-executive director for the Melbourne Renegades and AFL Victoria.

Late on Tuesday, Hawthorn issued a statement expressing its sympathies to the Gunston family and highlighting Ray’s significant contribution to the club. He never skipped one of Jack’s matches and was a devoted spouse, father, and grandfather. He was a significant member of the Hawthorn family, and during this difficult time, our thoughts are with Mandy, Jack, Kate, and their loved ones.

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