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Obituaries - 2017

author: Lorrie Liston

1 Sep

Obituaries - 2017

St Patrick's College honours those Old Boys who have sadly left us and recognises their contribution to the life of the College and to broader society in general:


  • Mick Kershaw (SPC 1969-1970, PY 1974) died on February 17, 2018 after a battle with cancer. Mick was a day student from Ballarat and finished Form 2 (Year 8) in 1970.

  • William (Bill) Madden SPC 1939-43) died on February 2, 2018. Bill was a weekly boarder from Cardigan and enjoyed his long association with St Patrick’s, if only from a distance in more recent years, says his son Bernie. Bill left St Patrick’s at the end of 1942 and enjoyed a long and fruitful life. He trained for the priesthood at Corpus Christi College for three years before deciding early in third year that he did not truly have a vocation to the priesthood. He continued until the end of third year before leaving to return to the family farm at Windermere at the end of 1945. He worked on the farm for a time in return for board and lodgings before taking up more full-time casual work with his brother-in-law in his chaff mill and farming contracting business. In 1947, Bill commenced teacher training and taught in primary schools until his retirement at the age of 60 in 1984. He taught in many rural schools until settling in Geelong and spending the next 17 years teaching and as Principal in Geelong and Melbourne Western suburb schools. Bill’s beloved wife, Noreen, died in 2010 and he spent the rest of his life caring for himself at home for all but the last three months of his life when he was cared for by his family. Dad was a true family man and leaves behind five children, 18 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren (with two more on the way). He was also much loved by his many nephews and nieces, most of whom grew up in the Ballarat area. Many of his nephews and their own sons have also attended SPC.

  • Lawrence (Lance) Michael Vagg (SPC 1960-62, PY 1963) passed away on February 2, 2018. Lance boarded at St Patrick’s in the early 1960s, as did his brothers Robert Neil and Neil Francis (deceased).  Lance was a boarder from Echuca and completed his Leaving certificate in 1963.

  • Daryl Thomas Keating (SPC 1962-65, PY1967) was a boarder from Werneth, a place south-west of Ballarat. He completed Form IV and was in the U15s football team in 1964, and played House cricket in 1965. Daryl died on February 2, 2018, aged 68 and was the loved father of Dione, Warwick, Chad and Karl and an adored grandfather to nine grandchildren.

  • We pass on our deepest condolences to the family, including wife Maria, of Noel Richardson (SPC 1957-59, PY1960), who died on January 21, 2018 after suffering a major stroke on January 11. Noel was a boarder from Wodonga and was the older brother of College Legend Barry Richardson (SPC 1961-64). Noel completed his Leaving certificate in 1959. In that year, he was also a member of Our Lady’s Sodality, and the St Vincent de Paul Society. He was also in the First XI cricket team, the 2nd XVIII football team, and the 2nds tennis. 

  • We extend our condolences to the family of John Moon (SPC 1955-1960) who passed away peacefully at home in Lara on December 27, 2017. John was a boarder from Ivanhoe. He finished his Matric in 1960, and was a member of the Sodality of Our Lady as well as the St Vincent de Paul Society. He was in the 1st XI cricket team where it was noted that, 'John Moon's accurate spin attack was a highlight of the bowling'. He was in the 2nd XVIII, and a member of the Crocc country team which were BPS winners in 1960. His father Walter Moon was also a St Patrick's boy (SPC 1937-1938), as was his brother David (SPC 1959-1964).

  • The College is mourning the passing of its oldest known Captain and Dux Des Nolan (SPC 1936-38) who died peacefully on February 2 at the age of 95. Des was the 1938 College Captain and Dux and was a generous supporter of and donor to the College in recent years. Des was the eldest of five children to Constance and William Nolan. His early life was spent in Red Cliffs, near Mildura and Donald and he went to live with his grandparents in Thornbury due to his academic ability, achieving a number of scholarships, which brought him to St Patrick’s in 1936. Des was in the Honours Class in 1938, and was Dux and Captain of the College in 1938. After leaving school, Des started his working life as a clerk with the Navy Department in St Kilda Road, Melbourne in the very early stages of World War II. Following the war, he went to work with the Bureau of Meteorology and became the Principal Technical Officer for Weather Services, specialising in Aviation Forecasting. He worked in various places, including the head office in Melbourne, Essendon and Tullamarine Airports as well as stints in Perth, Cocos Islands and at the RAAF bases in both Butterworth (in Malaysia) and Point Cook. Some of Des’ fondest memories from these working times were of briefing the pilots of Air Force 1 for the President of the USA (LBJ), and having dinner with the Queen Mother at a dinner hosted by the Prime Minister of that time Robert Menzies in Cocos.He also had very fond memories of times in cricket teams playing against the NZ All Blacks in Cocos and when he represented the RAAF against a representative team from Shell Oil in Borneo. At his funeral, Des’ son Bernard recounted his father’s story of playing against a Malaysian Army team and their captain, an Indian called Manjit Singh, berating his batting partner for calling for a run when the ball was hit near Des.Apparently the comment to his batting partner was, ‘don’t you ever call me for a run when you hit it near that man, he may be white, but he can still throw a ball’. Sport was central to Des’ life and he was an A Grade sportsman in multiple sports (football, cricket, tennis, squash, table tennis, golf and lawn bowls) and that during his life he played in eight grand finals, winning six of them. Des married Mary (now deceased) in Northcote in 1948 and the couple celebrated close to 70 years of wedded bliss. Together, they had five children and today have 15 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Des and Mary retired to Echuca in later years and spent some of the happiest years of their life there, before returning to Donald for an even quieter, simpler life revolving around family visits, iced coffees, listening to Mozart and watching Roger Federer and the Cats. May you now rest in peace.


  • Fr Kevin Flanagan (1942-44) passed away on December 21, 2017. Kevin was a boarder from Tocumwal, NSW, a member of the Sodality of Our Lady and completed his Leaving certificate at SPC. Father Flanagan, aged 89, had only retired after 54 years as a priest in July and was one of Albury’s most well-known and respected citizens. He was the parish priest at Sacred Heart in North Albury for 40 years and had a strong connection to the nearby St Anne’s Primary School. Father Flanagan studied to be a priest in Sydney with his first posting upon being ordained by Bishop Francis Henschke at Narrandera followed by stints at Wagga and time abroad in the southern highlands of New Guinea as a missionary. A plaque commemorating his 50 years as a priest was erected at St Anne’s with the school also bestowing the honour of naming one of its houses after Father Flanagan. He was regarded for having “the exceptional ability to relate to everyone, regardless of age, faith, background, gender and culture”. Outside of the church, Father Flanagan was a sports lover with his many and varied interests including being a boxer when he attended St Patrick’s College. He later developed a passion for canoeing which was used to good effect when he was recuperating from his heart attack more than a decade ago. Father Flanagan also followed Melbourne in the AFL, enjoyed watching cricket and loved a day at the races. To read more about Father Flanagan’s legacy, click on http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5135277/a-life-well-lived-has-ended-for-father-kevin-flanagan/

  • William Patrick Ward (1954-56) died on November 24, 2017. William was a boarder from Casterton and Prefect in 1956. William was also a Member of Sodality of Our Lady, and the Holy Name Society, and in the 3rds rowing crew. In 1955 was noted as The Most Improved Dancer!

  • James “Jim” Michael Shaw (SPC 1944-49) sadly passed away on November 21, 2017 and he was farewelled at a requiem mass at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hawthorn. Jim was born on November 21, 1931 and was the loved son of Oswald and Lysle (both dec). During his time at SPC, he was a recipient of a scholastic prize (fourth prize) in his Matric year, passing all his subjects with Honours. He was Dux of Alliance Francaise and finalist in the Purton Oratory. He was winner of Middleweight wrestling, played in the 2nd XVIII football team, and 1st XI cricket. Jim also won a scholarship to Newman College, Melbourne University. Jim spent his career as a surgeon, with 10 years notably as the medical doctor for the Hawthorn Football Club in the late 1960s and early 70s. He was the beloved husband of Gabrielle and together they were married for a mighty 57 years. They have two sons, Michael and Paul and Jim was a proud grandfather to Campbell, Eloise, James, Harry and Zara. Jim regularly caught up with his former classmates at the bi-monthly Old Boy lunches at the Malvernvale Hotel. He took over as co-ordinator after John Grogan’s (SPC 1942-50) passing and often caught up with the likes of Gerry Walsh, Kerry Joyce, John Martin, Michael Martin and Fr Gerard Dowling among others. Jim was a loyal Old Collegian of St Patrick’s College and attended the funerals of many Old Collegians of the College. May you now rest in peace Jim. 

  • Brian Crowe (SPC 1942-45) sadly died on November 3, 2017 and during his time at SPC,  completed his Leaving Certificate, was in the Sodality of Our Lady, came second in the 200 yards house athletics and was in the 2nd XVIII Football team. In 1945, he was in the 1st XVIII Football team, coached by Br O’Malley. Brian’s wife Jeanne remembers that many years later, Brian had the opportunity to introduce the couple’s son Darrien, who was playing in the St Kevin’s football side against SPC at the time circa 1971, to Br O’Malley. Jeanne recalled Brian had “many happy memories of St Patrick’s” and had a successful career as a primary school teacher and principal.

  • Peter Vincent Mulcahy (SPC 1943, PY1947) died on August 13, 2017 and was the beloved husband of Patricia, father of Michael, Tony, Fiona and Danni and grandfather of seven. Peter was a boarder at St Patrick’s from the Melbourne suburb of Caulfield, and he completed Second Year (Year 8) in 1943. He was a music student, and played football in the Junior Shed competition.

  • The College was saddened to learn that our oldest living Old Collegian Neave Young (SPC 1935-36) passed away on his 100th birthday on May 13, 2017. Neave came to St Patrick’s as a boarder from Melbourne, and completed his Matriculation in 1936 with Honours. He was a tremendous athlete, being a member of the athletics Champion House Team, the ‘Olympians’ in 1936. He was noted as the ‘best middle distance (runner) who has represented St Pat’s for some years. He was unlucky in not breaking at least one College record. He was runner-up in the Open Cup and competed for SPC in the Victorian Catholic Secondary Schools Sports held at the MCG on October 24, 1936, where he ran fifth in the 880 yards event. He was in the 1st XVIII football team, and the 1sts Rowing Crew competing in the HoL in 1936. He married in 1942, and served in the AIF in WWII. He lived in White Cliffs and was a devoted teacher, becoming Principal of the Warrong State School in 1957. One of Neave’s students, who spoke at his funeral, said he believed the values that Neave instilled in his pupils at Warrong were derived in part from his wartime experiences and enhanced his teaching skills, to get the best out of his pupils and to encourage them to want to learn. He was a devoted teacher and an early environmentalist, as a member of the Gould League of Bird Lovers. When Neave retired from teaching in 1977, together with his wife Sheila, he travelled around outback Australia visiting gem fields and living his passion for geology. Neave was featured in an ABC video last year as a 99-year-old reflecting on his time in WWII, which can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/212515141.   

  • We pass on our deepest condolences to brothers Leon Nolan (SPC 1985-87), Gerard (SPC 1981) and Shane (SPC 1977-78) on the passing of their mother Carmel Joan (Joan) on November 23. We understand there were a few humorous stories from her sons’ SPC boarding days recalled at her funeral at Manangatang.

  • We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of Leo Patrick McMahon (SPC 1949-52), pictured above, who sadly passed away on October 29. Leo was born on February 2, 1935 in Ararat and was the second of three sons of the late Francis and Margaret McMahon. The family moved to Ballarat when Leo was three months old to help his recently widowed grandfather. Leos’ early childhood in Ballarat coincided with World War II and his family recalled stories of many “pretend” adventures in the backyard with his older brother Kevin. He also enjoyed a strong bond with his younger brother Brian and the three brothers all relocated to Queensland later in life, where they continued to support each other. Leo completed his schooling and Matriculation at SPC and was a member of the 1st XVIII Football. It was noted in the College Annual that “Leo displayed dash and skill as a rover…”. Leo was known to those who knew him as a “quiet achiever”. After completing high school, his aptitude for maths and love of the outdoors led Leo to the profession of Land Surveying. As a licensed surveyor, Leo was successful in both private practice and government work. Upon his retirement, he was awarded the honour Emeritus from his profession, to retain his professional title. His family were greatly impressed, as they also were that he could magnify the moon and various astronomical points with a Surveyor’s Theodolite. Leo met his wife Colleen during his professional studies and together, they enjoyed 56 years of marriage, six children and eight grandchildren. His children remember their early childhood on acreage outside Ballarat spent with their father lighting a bonfire with their cousins and toasting marshmellows, drinking billy tea and enjoying the enormous array of stars. In 1980, the family relocated to Brisbane. At the age of 40, Leo took up running to help alleviate asthma. As a practical person who would make a decision and then follow it through with commitment and enthusiasm, by the age of 60 Leo had undertaken his first half marathon and at the age of 74, he ran his last. He continued to run up to 5km until about eight months before his passing. He was also actively involved with St Vincent de Paul, the Blind Eye Ministries and taking Holy Communion to the sick as well as support and kinship he found with the Men Alive Ministry. He was a loving and active grandfather and also a keen sports fan, especially when the AFL and Test cricket were involved. He is survived by his wife Colleen and six children Francis, Therese, William, Catherine, Josephine and Genevieve and eight grandchildren.

  • Fr Paul Victor Mercovich (1961) died in Alice Springs on September 22 while on holidays, aged 80. The Funeral Mass for Fr Paul was held in St Arnaud with the Rite of Committal held at the Ararat Cemetery. A Vigil Mass was celebrated at St Joseph’s Charlton. Paul was at SPC in 1961 where he completed his Matriculation, and was also on the staff as an assistant teacher. After finishing his Matriculation, he went on to the Corpus Christi College at Werribee to start studying for the priesthood. He was at Werribee from 1962-65. In 1966 he went to Glen Waverley where he commenced his theology training. He was ordained for the Diocese of Ballarat at Ararat on May 31 1969. He served as an Assistant Priest in the Parishes of Koroit, Camperdown and Colac. He was appointed Administrator of the Parish of Birregurra, followed by appointments in Inglewood and Ballarat. Fr Paul has served as the Parish Priest of the Parishes of Ouyen, Charlton, Ballarat East and St Arnaud. He also served as Chair of the Diocesan Education Board.

  • We were saddened to learn of the sudden passing of William ‘Bill’ Vincent O’Loughlin (SPC 1971) on November 7. Bill was a staff member at Damascus College in Ballarat for the past six years and educated thousands of young men and women in Catholic education and other settings over his career. Bill attended SPC for only one year where he completed Form 1. He was a clever student and came second overall in his class. He was also in the SPC cross country team, being a member of the U13s where he came second in the interschool cross country race.

  • We learnt of the passing of Adam Mark Slomczewski (SPC 1983-86) who died on December 11. Adam was born in Poland in February 1971 and he and his brother Peter (SPC 1985-86) attended SPC as day boys. Adam was in the tennis team, competed in the Lap of the Lake and was in the junior soccer team, as well as U14 basketball. He was also quite artistic and had one of his watercolours featured in the College Annual of 1986. He left SPC at the end of Form 4 in 1986.

  • The College was saddened to hear the news of the recent death of Rebecca Norton, who attended St Patrick’s in the mid-1950s when she was known as Robert Norton (SPC 1954-56). While at SPC, Robert was a brilliant student claiming the prize for Dux in 1954, and being awarded a Junior Government Scholarship in 1955. In his Leaving year, Robert was placed third in the year and again awarded a scholastic prize. In 1956 Robert was admitted into the second year of the Diploma of Civil Engineering at the School of Mines (SMB) Ballarat, also enrolling in the Diploma of Mining Engineering as well. Robert excelled in both streams of engineering and was awarded the inaugural Josephine Brelaz Prize for Science in 1957 and again in 1960. With diplomas in both Civil and Mining Engineering from SMB, Robert was admitted to the third year of the Bachelor of Engineering degree at Melbourne University in 1961, where he lived on campus at Newman College. He completed his degree at the end of 1962. Robert’s work experience took him to Mount Isa Mines, which is where his professional career began. Over the next decade, Robert worked in the mining industry throughout Australia and PNG. It was in 1973 that Robert made the difficult decision to undergo gender realignment surgery. Now known as Rebecca, she applied to have her industry qualifications, including her Mine Managers’ tickets changed to her new name. Industry organisations such as the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Institute of Engineers (new Engineers Australia) acknowledged her changed gender status, and she was elevated to Fellowship level. Rebecca’s stellar career in a traditionally male-dominated sector continued to advance, and she became the Chair of the Minerals Industry Consultants Association, a founding member of the Victorian Chamber of Mines, and was a member of a number of other industry organisations.As a consulting engineer, Rebecca worked around the world including for the United Nations Development Program in Kashmir, Pakistan, PNG and Burma, as well as across Australia. Rebecca returned to Ballarat in 2005, remaining keenly interested in world and local events. She rekindled her love of Latin through the U3A, and was a regular attendee of the Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute Friday night Twilight Talks, until 2012 when failing health prevented her from attending. She spent the last five years in Kirralee Nursing Home and despite her health and sight deteriorating over that time, she still enjoyed her 3pm champagne ritual, until August 16 this year when Rebecca rejected the bottle brought to her. The following morning, she slipped into a coma and gently passed away.

  • The College has been notified that Tom McGill (SPC 1948-52) has died. Tom was a boarder at SPC from Benalla. He was a keen sportsman, and played in the 1st XI cricket team in 1951 where he exhibited ‘excellent form’. He was described as a ‘useful left-hand bowler possessing the natural spin of most left-handers. A safe field who is capable of making some useful runs’. He was also in the 1st XVIII football team of 1951 and 1952. He was ‘a devastating player on his day. His marking, kicking and left hand turn were of great service on the half-forward flank’. Tom was also awarded his Grade III Wool Classing certificate in 1952.

  • Fr Peter Taffe (SPC 1951-55) died on September 2, aged 79. Peter was a day student, a member of the cadets and the Sodality of our Lady, and completed his Matriculation in 1955. Ordained a priest in Ballarat on July 27, 1963, Fr Peter served in the parishes of the Diocese as an Assistant Priest before being appointed Administrator of the Parish of Coleraine, later serving as Parish Priest in the parishes of Edenhope, Robinvale, Birchip and Apollo Bay. Fr Peter retired from active parish ministry in 1997. Bishop Paul conducted the funeral Mass for Fr Peter in St Patrick’s Cathedral Ballarat on September 8, with the homily given by Fr Adrian McInerney.

  • The College was saddened to learn of the passing of Steven Molloy (SPC 1987-88) after an extended illness on September 19. Steven Gerard Molloy was a day student from Waubra and completed his Year 12 in 1988 and was a recipient of an academic prize for religious education. We pass on our deepest sympathy to Steven’s family and friends.

  • David Vaughan (SPC 1943-45, PY 1948) sadly passed away on September 8, aged 90. David followed in his father’s footsteps (Gerald William Vaughan), boarding at SPC with his three brothers Peter, Joseph and Arthur, from Wentworth, NSW. David excelled at athletics at SPC and was the winner in the 220 yards handicap (Open) race in the College athletics. He completed his Intermediate A year in 1945 and went on to become an accountant, working with Shell Oil in Melbourne for many years until his retirement. David was married to Julia (dec) and is survived by his three children, Marie, Divina and Gerrard and two grandchildren.  

  • The College was saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Ryan James Engel (SPC 2008-13), who was a day student from Mt Helen. Ryan and his good friend were killed when their ute hit a tree in Soldiers Hill, Ballarat on August 25. Ryan had just finished a roofing apprenticeship and was working as a roof tiler. He also played basketball with Phoenix and footballer for Mt Clear and Buninyong clubs, and loved fishing. We extend our sympathy to both families.

  • Ian Gerrard Slockwitch (SPC 1950-60), sadly died on August 23, aged 75 years. Ian or “Slock” as he was known to many, was a boarder from Mt Martha, coming to SPC at the tender age of nine years old. Ian was captain of the Athletics team, and won a sports prize for sprints. He was in the 1st crew in rowing and in the 2nds team in tennis. Ian played in the 1st XVIII football team from 1956-1960 and in 1960 was awarded the Best & Fairest (Br O’Malley Cup) and was a prefect in his peer year. A gifted sportsman, Ian’s football skills came to the notice of Richmond Football Club scouts, where he played three seasons after leaving school, including several games with the seniors. This started his lifelong support for his beloved Tigers. Through his association with Richmond, Ian gained a cadetship with BP and through their support graduated with a Commerce degree at Melbourne University, which included Psychology. After discovering he didn’t really enjoy the corporate life, Ian decided to embark on a teaching career and gained his secondary teachers certificate, and later, Post Graduate Diploma of Social Studies and a Master of Education. He gained selection to the Commonwealth Department of Air to teach secondary students at the RAAF School of Education in Penang, Malaysia, on secondment from the Victorian Education Department. On his return to Australia, Ian pioneered new approaches to personal family and educational counselling and he became a qualified counselling psychologist. His reputation was soon realised and he was headhunted by the Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education (now the campus of Deakin University), and was progressively promoted to Director of Student Services. The last 20 years of his working life in Warrnambool, focussed on student counselling, and were clearly his happiest and most prodigious. In his eulogy, Ian was described as “someone whom you could share just about anything and he would offer you wise counsel and support”. He is survived by his devoted wife  Rosemary (whom Ian met at school through SPC’s relationship with Mary’s Mount), his children Tony, Marie-Claire (dec) and Nicole and four grandchildren.

  • We have been notified that Paul White (SPC 1934-40) passed away on December 6, 2016. Paul was living in the UK and is survived by his wife Winifred.

  • We have been notified that Brian Murray (SPC 1952-54, PY1955) has died. Brian completed his Leaving Certificate in 1954. He was a boarder from Warracknabeal, and was in the 2nds rowing crew.

  • Brian Francis Gibson AM (SPC 1949-1953) was a boarder at St Patrick’s, completing his Matriculation year in 1953. Even before receiving his results, he was awarded a full residential scholarship at the Creswick School of Forestry, where he commenced in 1954. Brian had a long career in forestry, ultimately moving to Tasmania where he was involved in the timber industry. His career in business included being Managing Director of Australian Newsprint Mills Ltd from 1980 to 1983, and Chair of what was then the Hydro-Electric Commission of Tasmania from 1989 to 1993. He was also National President of the forest industry peak representative body, the National Association of Forest Industries, from 1987 to 1991. Brian was elected to the Australian Senate at the 1993 election, as a member of the Liberal Party of Australia representing the state of Tasmania. After resigning from parliament, Gibson was a board member of Concept Systems, a payroll and human resources management company; Director of the Tasmanian Advisory Board of the AMP Society; Australian Government nominated director to the Board of the Australian Stem Cell Centre; director of the Australian National Maritime Museum, and several other companies. Brian Gibson was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 1988, and received the Centenary Medal in 2000. St Patrick’s College was saddened to hear that Brian died from cancer on August 15, aged 80 years, at his home in Tasmania.

  • We have been notified that Tom Cantwell (SPC 1937-38), of Birchip, died on November 12, 2016 aged 92.

  • Brother Brendan C Delahunt passed away on August 6. Br Delahunt taught for four years at SPC between 1960 and 1963. During his time, he was coach of the athletics team, senior cricket and senior football teams. He also coached the boys in public speaking, and was the senior economics master. He was transferred to CBC St Kilda in 1964. He is survived by his beloved wife Helen (nee Walsh) of 50 years and children, James (dec), Julie and Abdul and Moira and Anthony. He was a grandfather to five. Resting peacefully.

  • Paul Callahan (SPC 1947-52) passed away peacefully on August 3 at Numurkah surrounded by his loved ones after a wonderful life. Paul was the youngest son of James and Iris and loved brother of Don, Jack, Carmel, Basil, Frank (all dec), Peter and Maureen; he and his brothers Don, Jack, Basil, Frank and Peter all attended SPC. Paul boarded in his final year in order to focus more fully on his studies. No doubt his proudest moment at SPC was winning the McNeil Cup for tennis in 1951. He was the winner of the Dr Podger Cup, Open Champion in 1952 (Tennis) and was in the 1st Tennis team. In the 2nd XI cricket team, the College Annuals noted he was “… A very forceful stroke-maker, whose form, however, was rather patchy. His fielding improved tremendously during the season”.  Paul continued to play competitive tennis in local competitions and tournaments until he was 80. Countless boys and girls in and around Numurkah were coached by Paul. He was also a mad Collingwood supporter, keen golfer and faithful member of the St Johns Numurkah parish. Paul was married to Avis (dec) and a loved father and father-in-law to Kevin and Mary-Ellen, Sharon and Clive, Susan and Paul, Ditty and Paul and Joanne, and grandpa to 12 grandchildren. He passed away, aged 82. Paul was always a proud Old Collegian who attended various reunions in recent years in Shepparton and Ballarat.

  • We send our deepest sympathy to Laurie Larmer (SPC 1935-40) and his family on the sad passing of his wife Pauline on August 4.

  • Cori Wayne Stewart (SPC 2006-10, PY2011) died suddenly, aged 25, on July 3. His funeral was held at St Patrick’s College’s Chapel on July 17 with SPC Year 9 students forming a guard of honour. Cori was a day student from Haddon and left to pursue an apprenticeship. The College extends its deepest condolences to Cori’s family, including brother Jaeden (SPC 2007-2010, PY2012). Cori is survived by his wife Kelly and children Riley, Lilly and CJ.

  • The College was also recently notified of the death of Andrew Hartwig (SPC 2004,PY2009), who died peacefully at home on December 15, 2016, aged 25.

  • The College was recently notified that Graham Sheahan (SPC 1949-50, PY1952) sadly died in September 2016. The College Annuals record that Graham was only at SPC for two years, but was keen on football and participating in the St Roch’s comp in 1949.

  • Patrick Crudden (SPC 1942-1946) died peacefully surrounded by family on June 26 at Acacia House, Shepparton, aged 88. Pat was a boarder from Tynong in Gippsland, in the 1st XI cricket team in 1946, cadets, 2nd XVIII football, and was a boxer. Pat was the son of Linda Reidy and Patrick Crudden senior and was born in Drouin on February 17 1929. He was a priest and director of Catholic Education for the Melbourne Archiocese, tech teacher, husband of Bev Hennessy, step-father to her children Verna, Julie and Chris, loved and loving grandfather and great-grandfather, for 12 years assistant director of Melbourne’s Council of Adult Education, and after they moved to Shepparton, president of the Goulburn Valley writers’ group, prominent voice in the Shepparton Interfaith Network on issues such as mental health and refugees, and in recent times, the convenor of Socrates Café of the local University of the Third Age. Pat was an active member of St Brendan’s parish, Shepparton, attending Mass there until a short time before his death. His friends described Pat as “a great Australian and a radical Christian” and he will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.

  • Fr James (Jim) Michael Kierce (SPC 1944) died on April 6 at St Joseph’s Nursing Home in Northcote. Fr James attended SPC for only one year in 1944, which is when he did his Matriculation. He was a boarder from the town of Garfield in Gippsland; a member of the Sodality of Our Lady; and part of the 1st XVIII football team, where he was described as ‘a dashing player, at times brilliant’. Jim was ordained a priest at St Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne on July 27 1952. After a temporary appointment at Dalyston, Fr Kierce was appointed Assistant Priest at the parishes of West Preston and St Patrick’s Cathedral. He was then appointed the first Parish Priest of Altona North in 1965. In 1971 he was appointed Parish Priest of St Mary’s Greensborough until his retirement as Pastor Emeritus in 2003. He retired to Our Lady of the Way, Kingsbury where he continued to enjoy his priestly ministry and participation in parish life. Fr Jim was proud to be a son of Garfield and Iona in Gippsland and a priest of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. He was their eldest priest at 91 years and having served as a priest for 64 years. Vicar General Monsignor Greg Bennet described Fr Jim’s many gifts as “a deep a commitment to the people and parishes where he was appointed”. “He knew how to build parish communities literally and spiritually. He identified the gifts and goodness in others and encouraged them to offer these generously in developing strong bonds of friendship focused on service, prayer and mission. He was a humble and simple man. He had few worldly possessions. He was a man of prayer whose Divine Office was never far from his side. Upon his retirement Fr Jim lived with Fr Terry Bergin at Our Lady of the Way, Kingsbury. Terry’s warm welcome allowed Jim to continue the rhythm of prayer, Mass, friendship and hospitality and Fr Steven Rigo honoured Jim by ensuring him he was always welcome back at St Mary’s. In the last few years when his health was in decline and he faced major hurdles the kindness of others was always there. St Mary MacKillop said that ‘gratitude is the memory of the heart.’ It is with gratitude that we thank God for the gift of Fr Jim’s priestly service and enduring friendship.”

  • The College is mourning the great loss of Old Collegian and College Legend, Dr Geoffrey William Torney, AM (SPC 1946-1952), who died on June 14, aged 82. Geoff completed his Matriculation at St Patrick’s in 1952, winning a Commonwealth Scholarship. He was a Prefect, and also won the Br Purton Oratory Prize in 1952 with the topic, ‘How Strong Is The British Commonwealth?’. He was noted as a keen golfer, and he captained the 2nd XI cricket team. In 1953 Geoff commenced his law degree at Melbourne University, which is where he met his future wife, Janet Byrne who was a fellow law student. Geoff was a practicing solicitor for 40 years, was a former partner of Byrne Jones Torney, and was a member of the original Legal Practices Board, and Law Institute of Victoria council member. He was recognised as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2005 as a litigation specialist. He assisted in establishing the Australian Catholic University and was a founding member of Aquinas College, now the university’s Ballarat campus. In 2011 he was awarded the university’s highest honour, Doctor of the University. Geoff had a keen interest in horses and horse racing, and joined the Ballarat Turf Club committee in 1966. He served two terms as President, and then joined the MVRC (Victorian Racing Club) committee in 1988, serving as chairman from 1977 to 2002. He served four decades as a racing administrator, including a term as chairman of the Country Racing Council, now known as Country Racing Victoria. The Torney Night Cup, a listed race named in his honour, is conducted at Moonee Valley each February. Geoff was inducted into the SPC Legends in 2002, in recognition of his exceptional service to the Ballarat community, as well as his remarkable legal career. Geoff is survived by his wife Janet, five children and 14 grandchildren.

  • Anthony (Tony) Shearer (SPC 1962-67) died on May 25. Tony completed his Matriculation at SPC, majoring in science subjects. There was mention in the 1967 College Annual that Tony was, “studying a three year Diploma course in Psychiatric and Mental Deficiency Nursing, and hoping to do General Nursing’. He was a keen footballer across all his time at St Patrick’s. He also participated in cricket in Form 3, and was a member of the Cadets in 1966.

  • Peter Joseph Stafford (SPC 1942-43, PY1945) died on May 5 after suffering a stroke. Peter was a respected Old Collegian and a regular attendee at the SPC Old Boy’s “Harp” luncheons in Kew. He was born at home in Victoria Street, North Melbourne, above his parents’ café. Peter attended several primary and secondary schools, finishing his school days at St Patrick’s College between 1942-43, “something of which he was extremely proud”, says fellow Old Collegian John Croft (SPC 1940-47). “From time to time, he would produce his photos of himself and his younger brother Nicky (SPC 1942-45) in various sports teams, including the 1st XVIII”. After leaving St Patrick’s, Peter completed the first year of a degree in dentistry at Melbourne University, but the death of his father at the age of 50, meant Peter had to abandon his studies to take over family duties at the café. These were difficult years, starting work at 3am every day (the café served early breakfasts) to the traders at the city market. The family moved to Gatehouse Street, Parkville and Peter married Marion and together, they raised five children. Peter was very proud of the fact that all of his children completed tertiary education. After the café was sold, he became a secondary school teacher, and had many happy memories, and many anecdotes from his years as a teacher. After retiring, Peter and Marion travelled and had great times together. Until felled by a sudden stroke, Peter was still driving and completely managing his own home. He was always excited about lunch with his co-students from St Patrick’s College, held bi-monthly at the Harp of Erin Hotel in Kew. Requiem Mass was offered at St Carthage’s Church in Royal Parade, Parkville on May 12. Old Collegians who attended his service included: Kevin Murphy (SPC 1940-43), Brien Mason (SPC 1939-42), John Croft (SPC 1040-1947), Bill Keating (1940-44), Jim Farrell (1941-44) and Joe Delaney (SPC 1943-44).

  • Our thoughts are with Old Collegian, College Captain and Dux, William (Des) Nolan (SPC 1936-39) on the passing of his beloved wife Mary, who passed away in Donald on May 9, aged 94. We extend our sympathy to the rest of the Nolan family, including grandsons Paul Nolan (SPC 1991-93) and Pat Nolan (SPC 2002-07).

  • Desmond (Des) McGlade (SPC 1938-40), a former boarder, died on May 6, aged 94. Des was a boarder from Essendon, and attended SPC between 1938-1940, although he didn’t finish the year as he took up employment with the Public Service. He played football and in 1939 was in the 1st XVIII. He was noted as, ‘A very clever player, renown for his coolness. Clever turning is a feature of his play’. He played cricket in the seniors (in the same team as Jack Hill, one of only two SPC boys who have played for Australia). ‘He was called to the Public Service before the [cricket] season was completed. He was striking good form at the time and seemed due for a big score’. He also played tennis and was in the 2nd Tennis 4. He was an outstanding student academically. In 1939 it was noted that he was one of only a few who secured A Grade passes. Possibly it was this achievement that caused the Public Service to offer him (and a few others) employment. His nephew Ben Tighe (SPC 1986, PY1987) recalled that his uncle lived a full life, was married to Nancy (dec) and had seven children and 12 grandchildren. Des was also a keen golfer, snow skier and sailor. He also loved travelling visiting most parts of the world with his wife and family and had a very successful dentist practice.

  • We extend our deepest condolences to the McGrath family and our thoughts are with Old Collegian Justin McGrath (SPC 1983-88), wife Abby and their sons Jack (SPC 2008-13) and Mitchell (current student) on the sudden loss of their beloved daughter and sister, Emma-Kate on May 4 in Ballarat.

  • Br George Hewitt died on May 5, aged 81, at Nazareth House in Ballarat after a battle with dementia and was a highly respected member of the Christian Brothers. Br Hewitt was the property manager at St Patrick’s between 1994 and 2003. He was the son of Thomas Joseph and Veronica (nee Hussey) Hewitt (both dec), much loved brother of Mary (Sr Benedicta), Kevin, Tom, Peter, Margaret (all dec) and Anne. In a moving eulogy by former SPC Headmaster, Br Laurie Collins, he tells that George made the courageous decision to join the Christian Brothers, at the age of 20, after a period in National Service.  George’s early teaching assignments were in West Australia, which he enjoyed, before returning to Victoria. At Ringwood he taught Junior Secondary classes, specializing in Mechanical Drawing. He also coached the 1st Football team, and organised the building of the oval. He was universally popular with students, teachers and parents. George retained a strong lifetime interest in sport. Described a rugged rather than classy footballer in his playing days, he proved to be an exceptional coach; At St Joseph’s Geelong, he coached his Under 18 - A Grade Team to a premiership in 1970 with at least one of the team going on to play for the Geelong Cats. He was a keen golfer, one year winning the annual Brothers championship. After just 10 years of teaching experience, George’s potential was recognized when he was appointed to the dual role of Principal and Superior at St Thomas’s in Clifton Hill, which was undoubtedly the highpoint of George’s career. He also held positions at the Boys’ Home at St Augustine’s Geelong where he managed a residential unit for the older boys, and teaching roles at St Leo's Box and Parade College, before making the decision to move into the grounds on a full time basis, where despite repeated attempts, we would not assume the role of Parade Grounds Manager, and instead simply became the unofficial leader of ‘the shed’. George then took over the property manager’s position at St Patrick’s College, which turned out to be a brilliant appointment. When George retired from the Property Manager position, he still remained active. He and Gabe Rowbotham did a great deal of maintenance work on the holiday house at Apollo Bay, with George specializing in painting. When I was Acting Principal of St Joseph’s North Melbourne in 2004, and found that our rather decrepit science laboratories were soon to be subject to an official inspection, it was George who carried out the necessary upgrade. George was a private person, and matters of Religious Faith were rarely shared. For what will George be best remembered? I offer the following suggestions: He was incredibly determined, and when he set his mind to any task, he gave it his all; He was a man of action rather than a theorist or academic; He had a knack for getting to the essentials of a situation; He was resilient, with the ability to overcome setbacks; He had multiple people and practical skills; His focus was on people; he was renowned for his firm handshake; He had an extraordinary gift for developing and fostering community; He was more comfortable in doing things for others than allowing others to do things for him; While he regarded himself as a worker rather than a boss, he proved to be an inspiring leader; Long before the 2002 Chapter adopted a call for “The heart of being Brother”, George at Clifton Hill was demonstrating that deep humanity was the most important thing in our brotherhood. He was good man, a committed Christian, and a fine Christian Brother. He has enriched our lives. Vale George.

  • St Patrick's College is also mourning the passing of esteemed Old Collegian Kevin Cunningham (SPC 1939-42) on April 17, aged 89. Kevin was a day student at SPC and later in life, was a generous donor to many worthy causes around Ballarat and is recognised at St Patrick's College with the servery in the OCA Pavilion named in his honour. Kevin was a past president and Hall of Fame inductee at the North Ballarat Football Club.  

  • The College is mourning the passing of former teacher Br Kevin Tuck, who died on April 3 at Nazareth House, Ballarat. Br Tuck was a member of the SPC staff from 1957-1966 and again from 1980-1982. He first came to Ballarat from Parade College and was the Form Master of the Intermediate Class, Senior Geography Master and the Rowing Master. He also coached the 1st XVIII from 1964-66 and was Commanding Officer of the Cadet corp. He left in 1967 to become the founding principal of Trinity College in Colac. Br Tuck returned to SPC in 1980 as the Deputy Headmaster, the Senior Geography Master and the Master in charge of cricket. In 1983 Br Tuck was transferred to CBC Warrnambool. Br Tuck was honoured as a recipient of our Facere et Docere Award in 2015. He was the beloved son of John Walter and Margaret Mary (Rita) (nee Ryan) Tuck (both dec). Much loved brother of Margaret, Loreto, Geraldine, Anne (all dec), and Mary. Br Tuck was a highly respected member of the Christian Brothers and was aged 86 years.

  • William (Will) Nagle (SPC 2008-2010 (PY 2012)) sadly died on March 17, 2017. Will, who started at SPC in 2008 (Year 8) and left at the end of Year 10, was the son of Phil Nagle (SPC 1975-1980) and grandson of Kevin Nagle (SPC 1955-1956).

  • Steven (Steve) Adam Ross (SPC 2000-2002 (PY 2004)) passed away in Perth on March 3, 2017 with his loving family by his side. Steve was the beloved son of Mary-Ann and Robert, cherished partner of Emma, loved brother of Samantha and Michael and loved brother-in-law and uncle of Tom, Sierra and Nicole. Steve was a day student at SPC, starting in Year 8 in 2000 and finishing at the end of Year 10 in 2002. Steve was strong academically, winning the Year 10 Academic Prize, coming third in his class. He represented SPC in the Athletics team in 2001 and 2002 and was also in the racquetball team.

  • Peter Hyland (SPC 40-42), son of Peter S Hyland and Nora Baker, died peacefully at home in Mont Albert North on March 11, 2017. Peter came from Camperdown where his father was Stock Inspector for the Department of Agriculture. Peter boarded at St Patrick’s for three years; following a family tradition as his father, three uncles and brother Tony were also boarders. In his final year Peter was a member of the 1st XV111 football team and Athletics and Tennis teams and embraced College life with enthusiasm. After leaving St Patrick’s he served three years in the RAAF including overseas service at Moratai. On discharge he studied Agricultural Science at Melbourne University. He married Eileen (Trix) who had trained as a nurse with his sister Nora. They had a loving relationship built on shared faith and great friendship. Their two sons Peter and Mark were born in Hamilton. In 1951 Peter joined the Department of Agriculture commencing a long and distinguished career. Peter was a leader, a great communicator and facilitator. He had a big influence on the Victorian agricultural industry and assisted farming families to make significant increases in productivity. As a young scientist, he pioneered work that led to the establishment of the Pastoral Research Station in Hamilton. In 1960, the family moved to Melbourne, Peter expanded the breadth and depth of his commitment heading up the new Sheep and Wool branch and five years later assuming the role of Assistant Director General of the Department. An active member of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science throughout his career, in 1984 Peter was elected a Fellow of the Institute for “his outstanding contribution in the field of Agricultural Science”. Peter’s wife for 35 years, Trix, died tragically from cancer in 1986. He saw the need for better Palliative Care and became actively involved in establishing a new Palliative Care Service at Nunawading, being elected Chair of the Management Committee, and subsequently of the current Eastern Palliative Care. EPC cared for Peter at home in his last months. Peter’s marriage to his second wife, Maureen, led to a further 27 years of happy marriage in another great partnership. They had a great love and friendship based on a shared faith and love of classical music – Peter was a great support to Maureen as a member of St Francis’ Choir. Peter was always a very sociable person and loved his golf. A member at Box Hill Golf Club he played up until his last year. He scored two holes in one - the second at the age of 86. Peter was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Commonwealth Government in 2001 for services to society. Peter was a man of great faith and love, based on Gospel Values, which underpinned the way he related to people and made decisions. In his parishes he was active as a Reader and Minister, and in social and study groups. Peter was a strong and constant supporter of St Patrick’s, regular attendee at OCA events and convenor of “The Harp” St Pat’s Old Boys wartime Lunch Group which meets on a regular basis. Deeply loved, he will be greatly missed but fondly remembered by his fellow Old Boys, who express deep sympathy to Maureen, his children and stepchildren, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

  • Richard Caleo (SPC 1946-49) died on February 10, 2017, aged 85. Richard was a boarder, initially from Sea Lake, then from 1947 from Essendon. During his time at SPC, Richard was a gifted athlete, participating in 1st crew rowing, 1st XVIII football and participated in boxing as an U15. Richard was Prefect in 1949 and also named as the ‘Ideal College Boy’ for which he received a wrist watch, presented to him by resident Chaplain Fr Leo Friscalini. Richard was also a member of the Sodality of Our Lady Executive, and the Holy Name Society. After leaving SPC, Richard spent two years at the Corpus Christi Seminary studying to be a priest and then subsequently married and had five children. Richard’s funeral mass was held at St Monica’s in Moonee Ponds and officiated by close friend and priest Fr Gerard Dowling (SPC 1949-50), assisted by Fr Des Magennis and in the presence of Bishop Hilton Deakin, an auxiliary Bishop of the Melbourne Archdiocese.

  • Avtar (Tari) Sondhu (SPC 1964-1968) passed away on January 23 2017. Tari’s two sons are also former students of St Pat’s, Jason (SPC 1990-1995) and Philip (SPC 1997-2000). In 1968, Avtar, known as Tari, completed his second year of Matriculation at St Patrick’s College. He passed in English Expression and Physics, and received second class Honours in Pure Maths, Applied Maths and Chemistry. Tari was also a keen sportsman, playing in the 2ns XVIII football team, and in senior cricket. On the athletics track he won the 100 yards, 220 yards and 440 yards competitions. In 1969, Tari won a scholarship to Melbourne University, where he commenced a degree in Agricultural Science. Tari and his wife of over 40 years, Gurjit operated a farm in the western Victorian town of Harrow, where the couple raised their four children. Tari was a loved member of his community and will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Tari recently featured in a TV show filmed by the ABC called “Back Roads”, which visited Harrow  to see how the community was bringing new people and fresh ideas into the town.


  • We were saddened to learn of the passing of Nathan Shanahan (SPC 1988-93) who died in Ballarat just before Christmas. Nathan, a former soldier, made headlines in 2015 when he walked 400km from Mildura to Adelaide to raise money for and awareness of former military personnel suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sadly, his own battle with such disorders proved insurmountable for Nathan.

  • Francis (Frank) Keane (SPC 1955-58), passed away on October 15 2016 after suffering from cancer and kidney failure in recent years. Frank was a boarder at SPC from Wycheproof. After leaving school, Frank became a civil engineer and his work took him to Dampier WA, City of Knox in Melbourne, and for the greater part of his professional life - 26 years - to St Arnaud where he served the Shire of Kara Kara and the town of St Arnaud as municipal engineer and building surveyor. Family life and his faith were central to Frank's life and he was an active member of the Parish of the Immaculate Conception St Arnaud. In the local community he served 44 years in the Lions Club and numerous board of management positions which included hospital, Murdoch House and McAuley College. His leisure activities included travel, golf and bowls, growing vegetables and reading. Frank and Sheilah (née Kelly) married in 1968 and Frank passed away at St Arnaud exactly 50 years after they first met. They have four children, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren. The messages of sympathy described him as a friendly, gentle and courageous man.

  • Brendan Ryan (SPC 1950-54) passed away on October 14 2016 from complications with diabetes. The respected former Tatura Primary School teacher died at the age of 79. Brendan was known for his love for people and for football and attended St Patrick’s as a boarder from Carisbrook. During his time at SPC, he was a prefect, a member of the Sodality of Our Lady, a member of the St Vincent de Paul Society, in the Aths team, cadets, vice captain of the 2nd XI cricket team, and in the 1st XVIII football. He held a Junior Government Scholarship and won Leaving and Matriculation Teaching Bursaries and finished his schooling at St Pat’s, intending to enter the Education Department. Brendan worked as a primary school teacher in Bendigo, Cudgee, Ardmona, Stanhope and Tatura. While football was a big love, working for the GVFL and VCFL, Brendan also developed an interest in horse racing, travel and Rotary. Brendan is survived by wife Carol, children Kellie, Georgie, Peter and grandchildren Lucy, Kate and Kirsten.

  • Jacob Everett (SPC 2011-15, PY2016) (pictured above) sadly died on October 23 in a car accident at Cardigan. Jacob was from Dereel and left SPC at the end of Year 11 in 2015 to commence an apprenticeship at Fed Uni. In 2013 he was part of the shooting club.

  • Chris Larkins (SPC 1957-63) – died on October 21, 2016. Chris was a boarder at St Pat’s from Colac, in 1962 and 1963. He was the son of Old Collegian, John Larkins (SPC 1925-1931), who was the College Dux twice in the 1930s. In his peer year, Chris was a prefect, president of the literary and debating society, and Dux of Humanities (English Literature and Latin). His younger brother, John (SPC 1961-67) was also Dux of Humanities in 1967 and was later inducted as a College Legend. Chris won the Purton Oratory Prize. He matriculated with a Commonwealth scholarship in 1962, and he was a member of the Holy Name society. Chris was a member of the second XVIII football team in 1962 and 1963, and also played in the third XI cricket.

  • Mullins, John Patrick (SPC 1975-80), passed away on September 28, 2016 in Queensland.

    Harris, John Desmond (SPC 1952-54) died in Sydney on September 4 2016, aged 78. John attended SPC from Chocolyn, near Camperdown, Victoria where his parents Desmond and Julia farmed dairy cattle. John had a sister Rose (dec), a brother Pat and James Murphy (dec) joined their family. John was a dearly loved uncle of nine. John is best remembered for his many years of work in the funeral industry. He commenced work with Tobin Brothers Funerals in Melbourne, during which time he met his wife of many years Agnes. Later he and his young family moved to Wagga Wagga, NSW, where he and Agnes founded a funeral home known as John Dwyer and Co. from 1966-1985 as well as operating a travel agency. In 1986 John and Agnes took over WN Bull Funerals in Sydney which they owned and ran until 2010. During that time John and Agnes grew the business to be a leader in the Sydney funeral industry. John and his family have had a long association with St Patrick’s College, as he was the cousin of Monsignor Bill McCunnie, College Chaplain and Vicar General of the Ballarat Diocese. Other cousins, Phil (SPC 1962-71) and David McCunnie (SPC 1979-84) and Gerard (SPC 1963-67) and Tony Glennen (SPC 1967-68) also attended St Patrick’s and his niece Maria Richards is a current member of staff at St Patrick’s. The tradition continues as John’s grandnephew Jack Richards is currently in Year 7 at the College.  John is survived by his wife Agnes, son John and daughter Carmel. His daughter Anne predeceased him. John was also a grandfather of two.

  • Frawley, Brian (SPC 1947-49) died on September 24 2016 at Nazareth House, Ballarat, aged 82. Brian was born on January 14, 1934 to Bungaree potato farmers Bryan and Nora. In his primary school years he attended St Michael’s at Springbank, later studying at St Patrick’s College in Ballarat. Brian was an excellent athlete at SPC, becoming the U15 athletics champion in 1948, and was in the U15 football team. In 1949, Brian was the U16 athletics champion, played in the Galvin house cricket team, equalled the U16 high jump record and was in the Intermediate Literacy and Debating Society. Brian left high school at an early age to work on the family potato farm and only retired from the farm when aged in his late 70s, retaining an active role for many years. Upon leaving school, Brian also became a professional athlete and won the prestigious 880 yard Stawell Gift in 1957. Brian enjoyed a lifelong involvement in the Ballarat and District Trotting Club, of which he was a former president and life member. He was also a huge contributor to the Bungaree community through the football club and primary school. Brian is survived by Shirley, his wife of more than 60 years, his children Christine, Michael (SPC 1969-74), Tony, Anne, Danny (SPC 1976-79, St Kilda Football Club great) and Marita, 20 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. 
  • Jubb, Keith Lawrence (SPC 1944-1949) was a boarder at St Patrick’s College, from Balranald in NSW. As well as being a conscientious student, Keith was an outstanding athlete, playing for the 1st XVIII football team and the 1st XI cricket team in both 1948 and 1949. He also represented the College in athletics, and was a member of the Second IV tennis team in 1949. Keith dedicated much of his life to community associations, and was elected to the Shire of Mortlake as a Councillor where he served from 1971 to 1995. He was Shire President, and a member of the Board of the Municipal Association of Victoria. Keith was a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Mortlake, and for many years worked as a volunteer at the Mortlake Information Centre, and the Mortlake Meals on Wheels. He was an experienced Justice of the Peace, and was an original committee member of the Abbeyfield Elderly Folks Home, in Mortlake. Keith died on September 11, at the age of 85 years, after many decades dedicated to public life. As a man so involved in his local community, his loss will be keenly felt by the many who knew him. Keith is survived by his wife Nancy. He was the loving father and father-in-law of Sharyn and Peter Grinter, Leonie and Mac Redfern, Narelle and David McLaren. Adored grandfather to Tom Grinter (SPC 2000-01) and Lauren, Eliza and Benny, Edward Grinter (SPC 2004-06) and Michaela, James Grinter (SPC 2008-10) and Alice; Adele and Lachlan Redfern; Alice, William and Jonathon McLaren. Adoring great grandfather of Archie Grinter.
  • Bourke, Hugh Aloysius (SPC 1949-1951 (PY1953)) - The College was greatly saddened to hear of the death on August 27, 2016, of Old Collegian and College Legend, Hugh Bourke. Hugh attended St Pat’s as a boarder from the town of Pakenham, along with his four brothers, David (SPC 1944-48), Gavan (SPC 1951-55), Michael (SPC 1950-54) and John (SPC 1945-49). In his final year at the College, Hugh was a valued member of the football team, noted in the annual as ‘a most improved player, whose dash and evasiveness on the opposite wing were outstanding. A fair mark and a good kick…’. The Bourke family have made a significant contribution to the racing industry both locally to Pakenham, and more broadly across Victoria. It was for their involvement and impact in that industry, as well as their lifetime support of St Patrick’s College, that all five Bourke brothers were inducted into the SPC Legends in 2010. Hugh was the husband of Monica (dec), and father of Elizabeth (dec), Susan, Marcia, and Hugh Paul, father-in-law of Darren, and grandfather of Meg, Elouise, Joel, Evelyn, Erin and Will.
  • Sculley, Kevin Anthony (SPC 1954-1958 (PY1959) - The College was saddened to hear of the recent death of Kevin on August 22, 2016, at the age of 74 years. His funeral was conducted in the College Chapel at St Patrick’s, and presided over by Fr James Kerr, with current students forming a guard of honour. Kevin Sculley was a day student at St Pat’s, where he completed his Leaving Certificate in 1958, attaining the second highest score overall in that year. Upon leaving St Pat’s, Kevin commenced an engineering degree at Ballarat’s School of Mines, where he passed his degree in 1965. He went on to the University of Melbourne to the Faculty of Engineering, where he was awarded his Master of Engineering Science in 1968. He remained in Ballarat for a few more years, before relocating to Brighton where he established his engineering career from the late 1970s.

  • Belleville, Denis (SPC 1964-68) - Denis Belleville passed away on August 8 at the age of 65 years. Denis was a boarder at SPC from the Victorian town of Watchem. He completed his Matriculation in 1968, and was awarded a Junior Government Scholarship. Denis was a prefect in his final year, and was a keen sportsman. He was a member of the 1st XVIII football team, the 1st basketball team, the College athletics, and the 2nd XI cricket team where he was promoted to captain during the season. Denis is survived by his loving family - Fran, Matthew, Justin, Malia, Bec, Bianca, Chloe, Thomas, Nate and Clara.

  • Davey, Fr Brendan (SPC 1946-53) – The College was saddened to learn that Fr Brendan Davey passed away on August 9, aged 80 years, at Nazareth House, Ballarat. Brendan Davey was born in Ballarat in 1935, and attended St Columba's Primary School in Ballarat North, and St Patrick’s College Ballarat, where he was a prefect in 1953. After leaving St Pat’s, Brendan commenced a period of eight years study at the Corpus Christi Seminary. He was ordained at the age of 25, on July 23, 1961 in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Ballarat. In 2011, Fr Brendan celebrated his Golden Jubilee – 50 years since his Ordination. He spent 28 years as the Parish Priest at St Mary’s parish in Ararat, and 11 and a half years serving as Parish Priest in Stawell. His other postings include Ballarat East, St Patrick’s Cathedral Ballarat, Ballarat North, Warrnambool, and as chaplain for St Patrick’s College in Ballarat. Fr Brendan was inducted as Legend of the College in 2012.

  • McCarty, John Edward (SPC 1952-58) - The College also mourned the loss of Old Collegian and former SPCOCA president, John McCarty, who died peacefully at St John of God Hospital, Ballarat, on August 5 at the age of 75 years after a battle with cancer. John would be well known to many in Ballarat through his tireless work with Australian Catholic University - Aquinas Campus over many years as well as for the roles he held with great esteem in local football circles. John was a day student from Buninyong, who completed his Leaving Certificate at St Patrick’s College in 1958. He was a keen cricketer, and in his final year at St Pat’s was a valuable member of the 1st XI cricket team. His family remember John keeping a cricket bat with which he made a century at the MCG as a treasured possession from a Melbourne Country Week campaign in his back shed. John had a long and successful accountancy career, and was Campus Manager at Aquinas College from 1975 for the best part of 30 years. He was also heavily involved in the Victorian Country Football League, and was an Australian Sports Medal recipient for his service to sport. John’s administrative work included extensive time as a Victorian Country Football League director, including two years as president, and Central Highlands Football League chief executive officer. John was renowned for his organising of the annual dinner in Ballarat for the life members of the VCFL, and he also served as president, secretary and treasurer of the Buninyong Football Club. John was also president of the St Patrick’s College Old Collegians Association in 1972. John and his wife Frances had four children, Michelle, Tony McCarty (SPC 1986-91), Lisa and Simon McCarty (SPC 1993-97) and seven grandchildren.

  • Segrave, Bernard (SPC 1961-65) – Bernard died in May. He was the loved husband of Frances and the loving and proud father of Christopher, Gerard, Anthony, Marie and Stephen.

  • Casey Leo (SPC 1973-74) – Leo passed away suddenly on October 15, 2015.  From a family of eight, Leo was a talented student, he excelled artistically and academically during his schooling at Learmonth Primary School, St Paul’s Tech and St Patrick’s College. He went on to Ballarat Teachers College and became a primary school teacher for six years including Headmaster to nine students at Burrumbeet Primary School. Following this Leo decided to go back to University, the then BCAE to study Graphic Art for the next four years.  After a year, Leo then took up the position as Caretaker and Grounds Keeper at ACU’s Camillus campus in Gillies Street Wendouree, spanning 25 years. Leo was heavily involved and a valuable life member of the Learmonth Football Netball Club. Leo will always be remembered as a gifted, loving and generous man to his family.  As a talented artist, Leo was a regular visitor and a contributor to the Flanagan Art Exhibition and enjoyed reading each edition of The Shamrock.  Loved uncle of Leigh Simpson (1991-96), Luke Simpson (1994-99), Kyle Bennett (SPC 1998-03), William Von Burg (Year 12), Henry Von Burg (Year 7) and Caitlin Bennett (current staff).
  • Gavin Ryan (SPC 1953-1956) died from pancreatic cancer in April this year. Gavin, who completed his Matriculation year in 1956, was a prefect (pictured), a councillor in the Sodality of Our Lad and, an executive member of the Holy Name Society. He was a member of the 2nd XI cricket team, and a member of the 1st XVIII football team. Gavin was a boarder at SPC from Grassmere, in western Victoria. He is survived by his wife Agnes, and their five children.

  • Respected former Magistrate Geoffrey Hoare (SPC 1947-49) died on June 22 after a long battle with MND (Motor Neurone Disease). Geoff was a boarder from Horsham and thoroughly enjoyed his time at SPC. Geoff passed the Clerk of Courts examination in 1952 and in 1973, he was appointed as a Stipendiary Magistrate and Coroner for the State of Victoria. As a Magistrate he was based at the City Court in Melbourne and retired in 1988 having spent 38 years in the service of state. He was also a keen member of the Victorian Racing Club, Melbourne Racing Club and Melbourne Cricket Club. Geoff is survived by his wife Maureen, two children Meghan and Timothy and five grandchildren. Geoff’s life story is shared in further detail in another section of this e-newsletter edition of the “Green, White and Blue”.

  • Francis (Frank) James Moylan (SPC 1952-53) died on April 7, aged 78. He was born in Benalla and moved to Brisbane to live with his older sister after his mother's death prior to secondary school, before attending St Patrick's College as a boarder. Frank was only at the College for two years completing his Sub-Matriculation (the equivalent of Year 9) at the age of 16 in 1953. Frank worked as an engineer, settling in Doubleview, a northern suburb of Perth, WA. He married Colleen Anne, and they had two children. Frank also served in the RAAF during the Vietnam war in 1964 and 1965.

  • John Grogan (SPC 1942-50) passed away in Tasmania while on holidays with his beloved wife of 59 years, Diane, on March 5 after a long and courageous battle with melanoma and lung cancer. John, the second son of Dr and Mrs P Grogan, was born on July 27, 1933 and attended SPC from 1942 to 1950. He was deeply involved in all activities of the College, playing 2nd XVIII Football, Tennis, Cricket and all other forms of athletics. In 1951, John was a foundation member of the SPCOB Team in the Australian Amateur Football Association, and only missed games while away in national service between 1952-53 before the association was abandoned in 1956. On leaving St Patrick’s, John undertook an apprenticeship in pharmacy and qualified in 1954. He married Diane in 1957 at Sacred Heart Church, Kew and opened a pharmacy in Nunawading in 1959 which he successfully owned and managed until his retirement in 1996. John continued to play tennis, squash, golf and bowls and was known as a keen and determined competitor. He was an avid Richmond Football Club member. He was a devoted member of his church, Sacred Heart, where John served as a reader and chairman of the Finance Committee for 14 years. His funeral mass was offered at Sacred Heart and was concelebrated by Father Michael Kalka, Father Michael Crawford and Fr Gerard Dowling (SPC 1949-50). The mass was attended by many Old Boys and friends from business and sporting groups.

  • Gerard (Jack) Leonard Gannon (SPC 1964-1970) died from coronary complications in late 2015 aged 62 years. Jack attended SPC from Grade 6 in 1964 to Form VI in 1970. He was a popular student with a keen sense of humour and an accomplished sportsman. In his final year, he was a member of the 2nd XVIII football team, and the 2nd XI cricket team as a bowling all-rounder. He was a boarder from the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick. Following St Patrick’s, Jack excelled in academia becoming a professor in mathematics at Melbourne and Deakin universities and lecturing at various campuses in Asia and Europe. Jack leaves behind a wife, Margaret and four children - Genevieve, Joseph, Vivienne and Bead.

  • Gavan Bourke (SPC 1951-54) died in February. More than 1000 people attended his funeral at St Patrick’s, Pakenham including a large number of Old Collegians such as Fr Kevin Arundell, Graeme Sampieri, John Deany, Brian Dillon, Michael Martin, Noel Moore, Dr Jim Shaw and Brian Costigan. Gavan boarded at St Patrick’s with his five brothers.In 1954 Gavan won the Open 100 yards sprint, and represented the College at the Melbourne Combined Sports where he achieved tremendous results. He was a member of the 1st XVIII football team. Gavan was also house captain of Nunan. Gavan completed his Leaving Certificate in 1954, and was also a member of the Sodality of Our Blessed Lady. In 2010, Gavan and his brothers, Michael (SPC 1950-1954) Hugh (SPC 1949-1953) and John (SPC 1945-1949), were inducted as College Legends for their huge contribution to the horse racing industry and the Pakenham community. Their brother David Bourke (SPC 1944-1948) had been inducted in 2004. Gavan devoted his entire life to the Pakenham Racing Club. He served 22 years on the Committee from 1981 to 2003 and 16 years as Secretary from 1983 to 1999. Gavan's outstanding service and contribution was recognised when made a Life Member of the Club in 2004. Fr Don O’Neill (SPC 1937-40) died peacefully at Bendigo’s Bethlehem Home on December 11. A Pontifical Funeral Mass was celebrated at Sacred Heart Cathedral and a Vigil Mass was offered at St Mary’s Church, Golden Square. Fr O’Neill was ordained in the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Bendigo in July 1948 and then served in several parishes including Wangaratta, St Kilian’s Bendigo, Tallangatta, Benalla, Beechworth, Shepparton, Elmore, Myrtleford, Euroa and Golden Square. Fr O’Neill was also appointed as Chairman to the Sandhurst Diocesan Commission on Ecumenism in 1989.

  • Fr John Batchelor, SJ, (SPC 1933-34) died on December 27, 11 days after his 102nd birthday. He had been a Jesuit for 80 years and a priest for almost 67 years. John Batchelor was born in 1913 and spent much of his youth in Cohuna as one of nine children. He boarded at St Patrick’s and completed his Sub-Intermediate and Intermediate years when he was 19 and 20 years of age. In both years John was Dux of his class. Two of John’s brothers also attended St Patrick’s College – Vincent (SPC 1934-1937) who became a Columban priest, and William ‘Bill’ (SPC 1930-1931) who became Monsignor at the Sandhurst Diocese. In 1934 John contacted the Jesuit Provincial in response to an article he read about Jesuit vocations and the Provincial accepted him immediately into the Society. He was ordained in 1949.
    In 1951 Fr Batchelor was a Founding Father of St Ignatius’ College, Norwood. He taught at the school for the first decade. He also taught at schools in Perth during World War II, and later in Melbourne. Fr John Batchelor is remembered as possessing a charming simplicity which endeared him to many people.

  • Thomas ‘Tommy’ Simpson (SPC 1949) attended St Patrick’s College for one year. Tommy was a skilled footballer from East Ballarat where he is now known as a Legend of that club and was named as a winger in its team of the century. He was drafted to Richmond in 1956 where he played 126 games between 1956 and 1963. Tommy’s grandson Ashley Simpson (SPC 2007-2012) was College vice-captain in 2012.

  • Mario Chung (SPC 1988-1993) died in February, 2016. Mario was a day student from Alfredton who made the intermediate soccer team in 1991. He left SPC at the end of year 11.

  • James Muir (SPC 2000-2005) died in early March. A day student, Jamie was the recipient of the Edmund Rice Prize on several occasions. In 2002 and 2003 Jamie competed in the basketball team, and was a peer support leader in Year 10. In 2005 he was a member of the 1st XVIII football which won the Herald-Sun Shield. James’ younger brother Jordan is a Year 9 student.

  • Ray McAllister (SPC 1942-46) boarded at St Patrick’s. A talented athlete, he captained the 1st XI cricket team, played in the 1st XVIII, was a member of the 1st IV tennis team, led the boxing team and was captain of his division.
    Upon leaving school Ray returned to Essendon to work in the family meat business. Ray married his wife Gwen and they remained together for almost 60 years, producing four children Steve, Ross (dec), Margo and Paul. Ray died peacefully in May 2015.

  • Pierce Derham (SPC 1947-48) died on September 18, 2015 in Swan Hill. His wife Margaret said Pierce was an avid reader of The Shamrock and often said his claim to fame was playing in the same football team as John James. Pierce is survived by Margaret and daughters Anne, Maree, Clare, Noeline and Colleen.

  • Dr Peter Brown (SPC 1947-57) was a boarder from Balwyn. In his Matriculation year he was a prefect, and received a scholastic prize for science. He was a councillor in the Sodality of Our Lady, and a member of the Executive of the Holy Name Society.
    Peter also excelled in the sporting arena as a member of the 1st XVIII football team, and the 2nd XI cricket. As a member of the Literary Society he participated in the Purton Oratory.
    Peter died in October 2015, aged 76.