Sir Nicholas Michael Shehadie, AC OBE, the former Lord Mayor of Sydney and national representative rugby union captain, died peacefully on 11 February 2018, aged 91.
Sir Nicholas is survived by his wife Professor Marie Bashir, former NSW governor, daughters Alexandra and Susan, son Michael Shehadie and six grandchildren.
Sir Nicholas was born on 15 November 1925 in Coogee, NSW. He served as Sydney’s lord mayor between 1973 and 1975 and was the chairman of SBS for two decades between 1981 and 1999.
He was a distinguished Wallaby (1946-58) and the prime mover in establishing the Rugby World Cup.
Another notable achievement for Sir Nicholas was that he was knighted and made a Commander in the Order of Australia (AC).
Above all else, Sir Nicholas was an inspiring person and a revered Australian whose contribution to public life, media, sport and community is instrumental in shaping his legacy both nationally as well as internationally.
A State Funeral Service for Sir Nicholas Shehadie was held on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 at St James Church, Sydney.