Chris Haintz (SPC 1945-50)
October 27, 2023
We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Old Collegian Chris Haintz (SPC 1945-50) who has passed away on 15 October 2023.
Chris was a great supporter of SPC and enjoyed attending Old Collegians functions in his later years.
Chris is remembered as a friendly face in the Haintz Chemist, in Sturt Street, Ballarat where he worked with his pharmacist brother Trevor (SPC 1951-60) for many years until his retirement.
We extend our sympathy to Chris’ family including Anthony (SPC 1970-75), Mary, Nicholas, Claire, Genevieve, Francis, Trevor and their extended families.
Chris was also remembered for his loyal support of both the East Ballarat and East Point Football Netball Club for 60 years, where he was a life member having served as president for three separate terms totalling eight years including the 1964 premiership.
Through his work there, Chris was also remembered as a generous sponsor, active fundraiser and 20 club member, and his presence on match days will be missed by all who knew him. He was also remembered for is many other community interests, devoted to his family and friends and remembered for living his life with “conviction and integrity”.
A Funeral Mass was held on 23 October 2023 at St Columbas Church in Ballarat.
Chris was a boarder at SPC and shared his story of his memories at school a few years ago, reminiscing that he “moved to Ballarat from a state school of 30 to being one of 300 boarders (and) it was a fair shock at first”.
“Friendships developed over my six years at SPC and were everlasting as I found from the first school days … we were always delighted to meet and share old times.”
Reflecting on his time at SPC, Chris believed Br (Tom) Mullins had the greatest impact on his life, and his happiest times at school were a part of the First XVIII Football team, captain of the Second Football and captain of the Second XI Cricket team.
Chris was also a College prefect in 1950 and prize winner in the Purton Oratory. He was part of the inaugural committee of the Senior Literary and Debating Society. Chris was also a member of the Holy Name executive and Sodality of Our Lady council and St Vincent de Paul committee.
To read Chris’ full reflections published back in 2019, we invite you to click here