Rugby league community rocked by passing of Livermore
ROSS Livermore was one of the game's most respected figures during his 31 years at the helm of Queensland Rugby League.
And that was why his sudden death, at 68, rocked the league community in his home state on Tuesday.
He was a key figure in the implementation of the State of Origin concept, and played a major role in the formation of the ARL's independent commission.
Livermore, who presided over the code in the sunshine state from 1980 to 2011, had been unwell before his passing.
In 2011, he received life membership of the QRL at his retirement dinner at Suncorp Stadium.
"Ross was a great man and a tremendous leader who served the league with distinction for more than three decades," QRL chief executive Rob Moore said.
While he took great delight in Queensland's Origin success, Livermore took just as much pride in the ongoing development of the game at grassroots level.
He was a long-serving member of the Lang Park Trust, and played leading roles in the stadium's numerous redevelopments, from a primitive sports ground to a world-class stadium.