Paul Green’s heartbroken brother reveals the toll his shocking death has taken on their elderly parents – and relives his favorite memories of the football legend
- Paul Green was a much-loved member of the Wynnum and NRL community
- He died tragically suddenly last Thursday, leaving his family in a state of shock
- Green’s brother Rick has opened up about the pain the family is going through
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The brother of late NRL champion player and coach Paul Green has opened up about the overwhelming grief their family is feeling – particularly his elderly parents.
Rick Green was very close to his brother and spoke to the media on behalf of the family about the tragic death of his sibling Paul last week.
Asked how the family was coping with News Corp, Rick said: “Everybody feels overwhelmed.”
“There are certainly many stories we share about our time with Paul, but when we reflect on the good times, there is great sadness at his passing,” he said.
‘It’s still very raw and difficult to process.’
Paul (left) and Rick (right) Green get into the Christmas spirit with their father Ned
Elaborating on Sunrise on Monday, Rick Green said their parents found the circumstances particularly difficult to deal with.
“Mum and dad are quite advanced in age – dad is over 90, mum is over 80 – and they’re obviously feeling the loss of their son,” he said.
“As brothers and sisters we feel that loss, but we are very aware of Amanda’s [Green’s wife] lose too and make sure she gets that support.
“Everyone has their moments but we’ve had a big weekend discussing different things, we think we have a path now so that certainly helped.”
Rick Green said family and friends tried to focus on the good times to get through the tragedy.
“There are many, certainly the times we worked together with the Wynnum Seagulls from 2010 to 2013, they were extraordinary,” he told Sunrise.
“I was chairman of the club at the time, Paul was head coach. He won two premierships in 2011 and 2012, it was really quite special to see him grow as a coach in that time and see the success he enjoyed.
Rick Green, Jessica Miller and Paul Green celebrate Jessica’s graduation from university
“Apart from that, we always had wonderful family times at dinners together or celebrating birthdays and things like that, vacations together, we spent a lot of time together and there are a lot of special memories.”
Paul Green’s family also issued a joint statement following the tragedy.
“We have lost a devoted husband, a loving father and a wonderful brother and son,” they said.
“We cannot find the words that will come close to expressing our feelings, but we would like to thank those who have reached out to us with their love and support.
The Green brothers were very close and both worked together at the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls
“Paul was loved by so many and we know this news will cause huge interest, but at this time we ask for privacy.
“Our family is still trying to come to terms with this tragedy and we ask for space and time as we come to terms with this loss.”
The Green family have strong ties to the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls where Paul Green was a player and also the coach who led the Queensland Cup side to back-to-back premierships in 2010 and 2011.
The Wynnum-Manly Seagulls home ground of Kougari Oval will host a public celebration of Paul Green’s life on either August 23 or 30.