Mark Waddington (former staff)

September 8, 2022

Mark Waddington after receiving the College’s prestigious Faceere et Docere award at the SPC Annual Celebration Dinner earlier this year.


Vale Mark Waddington.

The College is very sad to share the news of the passing on 25 August 2022 of long-serving and much-loved former member of staff, Mark Waddington, after a courageous battle with mesothelioma.

We extend our sympathy and send a loving embrace to Mark’s family, his wife Jacinta and their children Declan, Tadhg and Matilda, in Tasmania, and their extended family and friends at this time.

A Funeral Mass was held for Mark at St Virgil’s College in Hobart, Tasmania and livestreamed to hundreds more across the globe who had been touched by Mark’s friendship and generosity of spirit.

Mark had been courageously fighting a cancer diagnosis of mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer that forms in the lining of the lungs or abdomen and is caused by exposure to asbestos fibres, which typically has a life expectancy of 12 months, since November 2020.

Mark’s contribution to St Patrick’s College between 2002-2011 was nothing short of extraordinary and he will be missed by all those who came to know him.
Mark was an incredibly selfless, gentle and encouraging person and he was committed to ensuring that the boys received the best possible care and education whilst under his watch at SPC.

Mark taught mainly in the area of Business Management and then took on the roles of Director of Boarding, Director of Community Development and HR Manager – all at the same time.

Mark was instrumental in all aspects of College life and guided the school expertly in these challenging roles during a period of enormous change and growth.
In that time Mark helped rebuild the boarding community after it teetered on the brink of closure and his influence in introducing the Indigenous Education Program paved the path for its success.

He continued to be a mentor and friend to many of these young men to this day.
During his time at SPC, Mark also oversaw major capital fundraising programs for projects such as the OCA Pavilion and the Jo Walter Field, managed the reintroduction of scholarship and bequest programs at the College and helped drive enrolment numbers to record levels. Mark was also instrumental in the rejuvenation of the College’s esteemed football program and ushered in a bright new era for the Old Collegians Association with a renewed focus on engagement and joy.

We were honoured to bestow Mark with the College’s staff award, the Facere et Docere, in front of his family and the SPC community at the annual SPC celebration dinner late last term.

Mark touched the lives of so many through his connections in Ballarat, as well as those in the communities of St Virgil’s College, Hobart, Mary Rice, Kenya and also in the sporting communities that he worked within and proudly supported.

It is a sad day, however we celebrate Mark’s life, rich in love and friendships, and his great legacy. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon him.

Tribute stories highlighting Mark’s enduring legacy also featured in the media and can be found here and here

You are welcome to leave a message on our OCA Facebook page here or if you would like to share some of your memories of Mark, which we can pass onto his family, please email the College at