Vale: Colin Youren ('56)
Scotch and the Old Scotch Collegians’ Association lost a proud Old Boy and a devoted servant with the death from cancer of Colin George Youren ('56) on 20 July 2015. He was the son of real estate agent George Oliver Youren, who played three games for the Collingwood Football Club.
Colin was born at a private hospital on Prospect Hill Road, East Camberwell on 3 June 1939. From 1944 to 1950 he attended Malvern Grammar School, which is now a part of Caulfield Grammar School). In 1951 Colin entered Scotch as a member of Gardiner (later Gilray) House.
He was a top athlete who was a member of the 1956 premiership 1st XI and the 1957 1st XI. In 1956 Colin was a member of Scotch’s undefeated premiership 1st XVIII, and he was Vice Captain of the 1957 1st XVIII. He was a member of the 1957 Athletics team.
Colin had leadership roles at Scotch as a Cadet Under Officer, a 1956 Probationer and a 1957 Prefect.
On 20 October 1961 Colin married Elizabeth Anne Wade at Scotch. Family members at Scotch included Colin’s half-brother Robert Leslie (SC 1946-48), first cousins once removed Henry Allen Mackie Trevena (born 17 April 1898, SC 1912-?, died 5 April 1959) and Allen Gilmore Trevena (born 28 August 1900, SC 1914-?, died 4 September 1952), and sons Andrew (SC 1975-80) and Richard (SC 1978-83). Colin’s grandsons attended Melbourne Grammar School and St Kevin’s College.
Colin played most of his 135 games for the Hawthorn Football Club (1958-65) in the midfield, scoring 34 goals. Hawthorn’s inaugural VFL (now AFL) premiership in 1961 featured Colin alongside former Scotch teammates Malcolm Hill (’56), Ian Law (’55) and Jack Winneke (’55). Colin played in the losing 1963 grand final against Geelong. He played football for Victoria, was a life member of the Hawks and served on the committee of the AFL Premiership Players’ Club.
Colin worked for Bowater Scott for 32 years and was a development manager at CSR. He was 1984 OSCA President. In about 1993 he suffered a serious accident in which a lift he was riding in failed, causing him permanent physical injuries. Despite them, Colin was a frequent visitor to Scotch, and was a Scotch College Foundation board member from 2009 to 2014. Colin died on 20 July 2015 after a long battle with cancer and his funeral was fittingly held at the Hawthorn Town Hall.