A tight-knit sporting community south-west of Melbourne is mourning the sudden death of a passionate cricketer and football coach while on holiday overseas.
Geelong father-of-two Zoran Vidovic, 53, died unexpectedly on January 28 while on holiday in Bali.
He was a popular member of Bell Park Cricket Club where he captained his third grade team and won the GCA2 thirds batting average during the 2021-22 season.
Mr Vidovic was also an assistant coach for the Bell Park Dragons in the Geelong Football League and a board member of the Bell Park Sports and Recreation Club.
His death prompted an outpouring of tributes from loved ones and others who knew him.
Geelong father-of-two Zoran Vidovic (pictured) died suddenly while on holiday in Bali on January 28
“Our grief is deep, because Zoran was very loved by all of us,” his grieving family told the Geelong Advertiser in a statement.
‘He will forever hold a place in our hearts, and we are committed to preserving his memory forever.’
“Zoran left an indelible mark on all who had the pleasure of knowing him,” Bell Park Dragons said in a tribute.
‘Zoran’s boundless optimism and mentorship has had a significant impact on our juniors and All-Abilities programmes, inspiring and respecting everyone at Bell Park and within the wider sporting community.
‘His competitive spirit, combined with a fair and passionate approach to sport, perfectly captured the essence of true sportsmanship and the spirit of our club.’
As a football junior, Mr Vidovic played in an under-16 premiership, two under-18 flags and a reserve premiership in four consecutive years between 1986-89, sharing the GFL under-18 goalscoring award in 1988.
Friend Michael Lymer, has a start GoFundMe to raise money to repatriate his body to Australia and support his two young daughters.
“Zoran was a beloved member of our community, a beloved friend to many, and most importantly, a devoted father to his two daughters, Bella and Lulu,” Mr Lymer wrote.
Mr Vidovic leaves behind his two daughters (pictured together) for whom he ‘worked tirelessly to provide’
“His sudden passing has left us all in shock and grief, struggling to come to terms with this tremendous loss.”
He described Mr Vidovic as a ‘lively spirit’ who was known for ‘his kindness and his unwavering devotion to his daughters’.
“He worked tirelessly to provide for them and ensure they had a bright future ahead of them,” Mr Lymer said.
“Now, in the wake of this tragedy, Bella and Lulu face an uncertain future without their father’s guidance and support.”
Over $17,000 was raised.
The proceeds will go towards repatriation costs to ensure that Mr. Vidovic can be laid to rest in his homeland.
Donations will also go towards immediate and future living and education costs for Bella and Lulu.
Mr Vidovic (left) is remembered as a ‘lively spirit’ who was known for ‘his kindness and his unwavering devotion to his daughters’
“In these moments of deep sorrow, the generosity and kindness of the community can make a significant difference,” Mr Lymer continued.
‘No contribution is too small, and every act of kindness will go a step towards helping these young girls rebuild their lives.
‘Zoran’s legacy is one of love, laughter and compassion. Let’s honor that legacy by coming together to support his most precious treasures, Bella and Lulu.’
Mr Vidovic is survived by his mother Ruza, sister Suzanna, brother-in-law Nick and his daughters.
The date of his funeral has yet to be confirmed.