MUCH LOVED: Matthew O’Brien’s loss has touched many in Ipswich.
MUCH LOVED: Matthew O’Brien’s loss has touched many in Ipswich.

Readers leave tributes for rugby league's Matthew O’Brien

TRIBUTES for much loved Ipswich rugby league player Matthew O'Brien were heartfelt on the QT Facebook page after his tragic passing last week.

Mr O'Brien, affectionately known as 'Kama' or 'Camma', died in a fire at an oil recycling plant at Yatala.


Michael Williamson summed it up for many when he remembered his 38-year-old mate.

"How do you say goodbye to your best mate? Thirty years we have been mates for and you would never have found a more genuine, honest, hardworking and loving bloke," he wrote.

"Would do anything for anyone. His love for his family showed in everything he did and achieved in his life.

"The world is a much poorer place with his passing and he will leave a massive hole in the hearts of all who knew him.

"To Kama's wife, daughter, mum, dad, brothers, sister and extended family please know I will always be there for you. RIP my little mate.

"Love your best mate - Horse."


Brendan O'Donohue posted how he could still remember the brilliant grin on Mr O'Brien's face as a youth.

"I can still see Camma as the cheeky little kid carving up the footy field with my little brother," he said.

"I haven't seen him in years but he was always a top bloke with a massive smile. RIP Camma."


Shaun O'Loan was devastated by the loss.

"I have coached and known Kama for nearly as long as I've known my own sons," he posted.

"He is like one of mine. He was an inspirational man and a fantastic husband and father who lived life to the fullest and was always smiling and joking.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, children, parents and siblings.

"I know how this has affected me so I can't even realise how lost and sad you all would be feeling."


Glynn Knox said Mr O'Brien's death was "a tragedy" and he was "gone way too early".

"Won a premiership with you buddy at Swifts the last time I played league and wasn't long ago having a laugh watching our daughters play hockey together for Wests," he wrote.


PJ Dennison was glad his mate was around at school to help him get through.

"It was always good times we had when we were kids," he said.

"Thanks for looking out for me all through school, Camma.

"You made a big impact on my life."


Very sad news. Well-known Ipswich rugby league identity Matthew O'Brien was killed in yesterday's fire at a factory in...

Posted by QT - The Queensland Times on Thursday, November 5, 2015

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