The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) mourns the sudden passing of Bruce McFarlane, who died Wednesday night at the Nuttall Memorial Hospital.
He succumbed and died after a long battle with heart complications.
He was 49 years old.
McFarlane, who was the assistant national sport co-ordinator at the time of his death, joined the state-owned sport agency in 2002 as a sport officer and would later progress up the ranks.
Throughout this period, McFarlane demonstrated a high passion for sport and its development of particularly at the grassroots which was in keeping with the agency's policy.
A hard worker and one who was always dedicated to the cause even when the odds are heavily stacked against him. His never-say-die attitude made him a man for all seasons.
"He will be sorely missed," said Ian Andrews, INSPORTS administrative director and close friend. "He never gives up, always willing and able and will go above and beyond the call of duty."
"He was just that kind of person. One that every manager or organisation would love to have," said Andrews.
INSPORTS chairman Don Anderson said he is "shocked" by the news, which has left him at a loss for words.
Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.