Vale Jesse Baird

AFL CEO Andrew Dillon, and the NSW Australian Football Umpire Association have released statements on the passing of Jesse Baird.

AFL CEO Andrew Dillon

The AFL is deeply saddened to learn of the update from NSW Police regarding the passing of Jesse Baird and his partner Luke Davies.
Jesse was a popular and respected member of our AFL umpiring family, having begun his umpire journey in 2011 in the Northern Football and Netball League (NFNL), before moving to Queensland in 2017 and then making his debut on the AFL umpiring list in 2020.
In 2023 Jesse moved to Sydney for work and to continue to his AFL umpiring career, which spanned 62 AFL matches, including two finals. 
Jesse will be fondly remembered for his vibrant, fun-loving personality, his professionalism and his commitment to the next generation of young umpires through his mentorship of State League umpires, most importantly he will be remembered for the great, caring person that he was.
The AFL will continue to offer support to his family and has also offered counselling to Jesse’s umpiring colleagues and the wider AFL football department since the news of his disappearance on Thursday.

We will also work with his family and the Umpiring Association on a suitable tribute in the coming weeks.
The entire AFL family extend our deepest sympathies to both Jesse and Luke’s families as well as our umpiring and broader team during this very difficult time. 
May Jesse and Luke both rest in peace.

NSW Australian Football Umpires Association

It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the tragic passing of AFL goal umpire Jesse Baird.

While Jesse only moved to Sydney in 2023 to pursue work and continue umpiring, he had a massive impact on our community. Whether it be his infectious positivity at training or his readiness to give back by attending junior training sessions.

We wish to pass on our condolences to Jesse’s family and friends and extend those condolences to his partner Luke’s family and friends as well.

If you or someone you know needs support please reach out to the NSWAFUA or NSW/ACT Umpiring department.

We have resources available and no one is alone during this deeply sad time.

Rest in peace Jesse and Luke.