When everyone was bashing Eddie McGuire from pillar to wall, the President of Collingwood was silently grieving his mother’s death, Bridie.
The mum of the broadcaster ‘s passing overnight was announced on Tuesday.
McGuire paid her tribute on his Triple M breakfast radio show, performing “Everything I Own”by Rod Stewart in her honour.
It comes after Luke Darcy, a co-host of McGuire, also lost his father, David, last Saturday.
“Human interaction, that connection, is a pretty big part of living, isn’t it,’’ Darcy said on-air on Tuesday.
“We’re finding that out in a big way. Ed, thinking of you and your whole family, challenging times for everyone.
“We’ve covered a bit of ground Ed, over the journey of the Hot Breakfast, from kids being born and all sorts of milestones and tragically the other side of life.
“I lost my dad on Saturday and feeling for you mate, with the passing of your mum and I know how much she meant to you and the whole family.”
“Thanks to everybody for the well wishes to both Darce and I over the last couple of days,” McGuire said.
“It’s been a tough couple of days for us Darce, but everyone is going through it and I think the message both of us were trying to get out, is (we’re) not looking for any sympathy in tough times in our personal lives, but more so just to share that we’re all going through different times and we’re all going through it together and we all support each other.”
McGuire has now lost both parents following the death in 2011 of his father, Edward Sr, aged 94. A four children survive: Frank, Eddie, Brigette and Evelyn.
Edward Sr, a Scot, and Irish-born Bridie migrated to Australia in 1958 and settled in the Broadmeadows suburb of Melbourne.
“When he was 12 years of age, he started in the coal mines. And then his career break was World War II, before coming out to Australia. Mum lived on a farm in Roscommon in Ireland, in a place called Boyle. It was almost Third World when you look back on it, but that was life in rural Ireland and that was life in the coal mines of Glasgow,” McGuire told the Herald Sun in 2018.
“They are very intelligent people, and they really made the most of the time they spent in school. They read extensively, and for them education was their passion and education for their kids was really what it was all about. As Dad says, when they felt the warmth on their back in Australia, they realised what an opportunity Australia presented for them and their family,”
“They gave us all a sense of optimism growing up. As opposed to looking back on hard times, they saw this as the step into the promised land.”