Tribute to Rodney Strybis as police investigate his death
A grandfather left for dead on a New South Wales street has been remembered as someone who “had such a kind heart” as police continue to investigate his death.
Rodney Strybis was found on Brinawarr Street, Bomaderry with head injuries at 1pm on Monday 15th May.
He was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Shoalhaven Hospital, where he later died.
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The 54-year-old was a popular member of Nowra Bomaderry Jets Rugby League Football Club, who took to social media to credit his commitment to the local club.
“Rod has been a part of the Jets family for over 10 years,” the club wrote on Facebook.
“He was the receptionist at the gate, the guy who always put his hand up to help and always loved to chat or tell you how well his beloved Sharks or Jets were doing.
“It didn’t matter how we moved on the field, he was our biggest supporter.”
His daughter also paid tribute to her online, writing that she “lost the man who taught me how to be a brave mom.”
“Why did this have to happen, this world is so cruel,” she wrote.
A A fundraiser was set up to help Strybis’ family with funeral expenses.
Organizer Kevin Swain said the 54-year-old had a “kind heart” and “respect for everyone”.
“Rodney was a very popular person in the community,” he wrote.
“He was a harmless man, he wouldn’t hurt anyone.”
Over $1000 has been raised so far.
Police are appealing for public support to help clarify the circumstances of Strybis’ death.
On Thursday, police released CCTV images of Strybis in the hours leading up to his death. He is seen on the phone in what appears to be a parking lot.
Anyone with information about the 54-year-old’s death is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.