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Former waterpolo goalkeeper Charles Mock dies

Former waterpolo goalkeeper and coach Charles Mock has died, his family announced on social media on Thursday.

“Dear Friends, with great sadness, our father Charles Mock passed away peacefully this morning. He has now started his journey to meet the Lord and his angels in heaven. Thank you for all your prayers. PA, YOU WILL ALLWAYS BE OUR NUMBER 1,” his son Michael Mock wrote on his facebook page.

Mock enjoyed a distinguished career in waterpolo where he played as a goalkeeper with Balluta WPC, now San Ġiljan ASC, between 1951 and 1973.

During this spell he managed to win the league title five times.

After ending his playing career, Mock went into coaching and worked with several clubs in Malta.

He spent nine years with Ta’ Xbiex as well as spells at Birżebbuġa, Sirens, Sliema Minors, Valletta United, Balluta, San Ġiljan and the Neptunes nursery.  

Coaching took him to Ta’ Xbiex (9 years), Birzebbugia, Sirens, Sliema Minors, Valletta United, where he won the league and cup double in 1985, Balluta, San Giljan, with whom he won the league title in 1993, Neptunes, with whom he won the league title in 1993, and Marsaxlokk where he also won a title crown.

Several clubs paid tribute to Charles Mock for his contribution to the game.

Valletta United issued a statement saying: “The Club President, committee members, technical staff and players offer their condolences to the family of Mr Charles Mock, former Valletta United coach under whose guidance the club won the double in 1985, and who sadly passed away earlier today.”

Marsaxlokk ASC said: “Marsaxlokk ASC salutes Charles Mock, a former coach in 2009. Had the opportunity to play under his guidance and won a league title.”  

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