Gone Too Soon: Remembering Former QRL Player Jerome Joel Leedy

Gone Too Soon: Remembering Former QRL Player Jerome Joel Leedy

The Wavell Heights community mourns the passing of former rugby league prodigy Jerome Joel Leedy. Leedy, who attended both Wavell Heights State School and Wavell State High School, was widely recognised as one of the best young talents in the sport.

On 13 April 2023, former rugby league phenom Jerome Joel Leedy passed away, plunging the Brisbane rugby league community into sadness. Family and friends of Leedy, paid heartfelt tributes to him, remembering him fondly as one of Brisbane’s top young talents.

Raised in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, Leedy’s educational journey began at Wavell Heights State School and later at Wavell State High School, where his passion for rugby league took root. He excelled as a player, earning the privilege of representing both Queensland and Australia. 

He also had the chance to compete on the pitch in 2010 against the renowned James Tedesco. Throughout his career, he was a member of several clubs, such as Norths Devils, Aspley, Natives, the Stingers, and Brothers. He also had a stint with the Brisbane Broncos, where he played for their under-20s team.

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Leedy was remembered by his niece, Ceferina Leedy-Villarin, as “the life of the party” and “a loving father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and mate” who loved unconditionally. He was also a devoted father to his four children, Kanara-Lee, Nakkiyra, Taneisha, and Jermaine. 

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“I remember one game some years ago when Jerome was playing for Brisbane Natives (who took the field with only 11 players) vs Valley’s,” a post from Simo’s Rugby League Brisbane Wrap Up reads.

“Natives were getting a touch-up by the younger full-strength Diehards side; however, two players kept rallying their troops in captain Ricky Bird and Jerome. Natives were bruised and battered, but they never gave up.

“By the end of the game, Jerome was limping off the ground with not an inch of energy left, but he didn’t complain once.

“His loyalty to his teammates and his fun-loving outlook on life made him one of the more popular players in the local competition. 

“But however you may remember Jerome, nothing can ever take away the invaluable service he gave to the greatest game of all. Rest in peace brother….🙏🏻❤️”

Leedy’s former coach, Tony Lopez, said that “Jerome was one most damaging runners and could whack as well.”

“Was lucky to have coached him over the past 5plus years,” he said.

The Brisbane rugby league community, as well as Leedy’s family and friends, are very saddened by his passing. He will be remembered as a talented athlete and a lovely person with a positive outlook on life.

Published 28-April-2023