It is always a sad day when we lose one of our fellow shooters and Andrew Cowlrick was definitely one of them.
Andrew was born in New Zealand on September 21, 1953. Andrew came to Tasmania in the 1970’s where he joined the Queenstown RC, and was also a member of the Strahan RC on the West Coast of Tasmania.
He spent all of his working life at TAFFE in various administrator jobs.
Andrew was a very private person; he was single and very rarely talked about family and health. We do know he had two sisters still living in New Zealand.
On moving to the North-West of our State, Andrew joined the Devonport-Latrobe RC in 1994 where he remained a member until he passed on.
Andrew was a top A-grade shooter and he notched up quite a number of wins over the years, a club champion and a very reliable team shooter.
Over the years, Andrew was a State Team member and was captain in 2006 in Brisbane, 2007 in Canberra, and F ST-A 2012 in Mackay, something Andrew was very pleased of.
Andrew spent over 30 years on the TRA Council holding most positions. For the last 12 years he was our secretary running all of our shoots and doing a fine job each year organising our Tasmanian Queens prize meet.
But most of all, Andrew was the quiet achiever and took on each task that was given to him in his stride and without any fuss he got the job done.
In the last months of Andrew’s life, he was diagnosed with cancer. Again he took it in his stride and prepared for what was coming. Only a small group of people knew he wasn’t well.
On September 21, 2019 on his birthday, Andrew quietly passed away on the same day the TRA had its AGM where Andrew was retiring as our secretary. On behalf of the TRA, and fellow members and friends of Andrew, rest in peace and thank you Andrew for being there for us.