QLD040314WOLF10: Bruce Allen
QLD040314WOLF10: Bruce Allen "Wolf" Steensen is farewelled in Brisbane. Wolf died in an allegedly unprovoked attack in Mooloolaba. PIC: Rae Wilson

Mother calls for prayers for family of son's alleged killer

AS her son's coffin was about be walked through a long guard of honour, Gloria Steensen selflessly asked more than 1000 people to pray for the family of his alleged attacker too.

Caloundra man Jesse James Patrick, 21, has been remanded in custody after being charged with murdering Bruce Allen "Wolf" Steensen.

"I know there's a lot of beautiful people praying for our family," Mrs Steensen said.

"But I'm very worried about the mother of the boy Jesse James Patrick.

"She must be suffering, she's going to be without her son.

"Please pray for her and her family as well."

Steensen is well-known in AFL masters football circles throughout Queensland and around Australia.

He is responsible for growing the sport from six teams in south-east Queensland to 34 teams throughout the regions too.

The 53-year-old, had been enjoying a night out at the Mooloolaba Surf Club when Mr Patrick allegedly punched him in the head, causing him to collapse and hit his head on the footpath.

His family asked that, instead of offering flowers, people make donations to the One Punch Can Kill campaign.

Mrs Steensen pleaded with the huge crowd, gathered in north Brisbane on Tuesday, to start changing Australia's drinking culture.

"Please help me, please help me," she said.

"All parents and grandparents, please raise you children with the knowledge the violence is out there.

"We can't stop the beer intake, we can't stop the drugs but we can make them aware of the society today.

"We want a better Australia where our children are safe."

The AFL stalwart was farewelled on the grass oval of the Aspley Hornets Football Club in Brisbane where he was a member since 1968.

A video of his life in photos - ranging from childhood snaps to drunken nights out - was played to the tunes of Lollipop, Wolfman and My Way.

The middle song drew plenty of laughs from the blokes in the crowd.

Steensen, who in many of the photos had a bushy beard, once began howling under a full moon and the nickname stuck forever more.

Wolf was described as "a quintessential Australian" and a larrikin but above all a loyal friend.

His mischievous nature would get him in trouble often but his cheekiness could get him out of it just as easily, his friends said.

His partner of 31 years Cathy Andrews released a white dove in his honour.

"Bruce did not set out to improve the world and make it better, it just came naturally," she said, through spokesman John Ford.

"He always made people laugh and got away with more than most.

"He had the ability to make people smile."

Steensen managed to fit work, in risk management, around his family, football, golf and other leisure pursuits.

Derek Delaney, from Queensland AFL Masters, described Steenson as a man who brought his early football passion to the masters league, even adding over 40s and over 45s so "older blokes" could still get a game.

He said Steensen was the Queensland president unopposed from 2004 to 2012 when he decided to take a break.

But he was not just an administrator, he played in 15 national masters carnivals including three winning teams, and represented Australia against Ireland.

He won two best and fairest and came runner-up three times.

"We just hope and pray that our justice system can appropriately deal with this callous, senseless crime," Mr Delaney said.


People can contribute to the One Punch Can Kill campaign through a bank transfer to BSB: 084-929 Acc Number: 179025290. They ask people to use OnePunchCanKill as the reference.

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