October 30, 2019
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:
- We pass on our sincere sympathy to Old Collegian Noel Sheehan (SPC 1964-70) and his family on the passing of his brother Stan on December 1.
- We pass on our deepest condolences to Old Collegians Ralph Barba (SPC 1975-80) and Dom Barba (SPC 1977-82) following the passing of their father Giuseppe recently. Ralph and Dom’s mother Liliana also sadly passed away earlier this year.
John Sharry (SPC 1944-46, PY1948) sadly passed away on November 17 in Ballarat, aged 89 years. Tributes from family and friends said they would miss John’s sense of humour and kind and caring nature and he was described as a “truly compassionate and generous gentleman”. John was a boarder at SPC from Horsham. He attended in the 1940s and was later followed by his son Michael (SPC 1984-85). During his time at SPC, John was placed second in the Christian Doctrine (Special) in Intermediate in 1946. He was also a member of the Intermediate Literary and Debating Society committee, a member of the cadets and the No. 3 Platoon. John was also a handy athlete, winning the Under 16 220 Yards in 1946.
- The College received the horrific news this week that Old Collegian Jim Mather (SPC 1999-2002) and his wife, Sabine, were killed in a car accident on Sunday on the Bussell Highway near Capel in Western Australia. They had been in Margaret River to celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary. The couple leave behind a family of four children, two older girls and two little boys. Sadly, Jethro, aged 7, and Isaac, aged 5, are now orphaned, and Jim’s older daughters Ella-Jade, 13, and Sofia, 15, have lost their father. Media reports noted that Jethro and Isaac will now be raised by their grandparents, Elke and Steve, and the older girls, Ella-Jade and Sofia, will living with their mother, Alicia. James’ family, who live in Ballarat, are understandably devastated and trying to process the enormity of the situation. The closure of the WA border to Victorians has complicated the situation for the family who are in the process of applying an exemption to enter WA to attend the funerals of Jim and Sabine.
Jim Mather boarded and then was a day student in 2002 prior to moving back to Western Australia. Please keep Jim, Sabine, their children and all member of their families in your thoughts and prayers. A GoFundMe page has been established to assist the family and we ask all in our wonderful community to consider making a donation. If you would like to donate, please click here
- We extend our deepest sympathy to the extended family of Old Collegian John Colbert (SPC 1944-47) who passed away peacefully on October 27, aged 90. John came to St Patrick’s on a scholarship from the family farm at Watchem with his brothers Patrick (SPC 1945-48, PY1950) and Vincent (SPC 1951-55). John helped celebrate the College’s 125th anniversary in 2018 by attending our special St Patrick’s Day luncheon and this beautiful photo was taken of John, pictured above, in the College’s front gardens.
John attended SPC from intermediate to matriculation and was actively involved in College life. In his matric year, he was awarded the Christian Doctrine scholastic prize and received the Barbeta Cup for the Open Handball Champion. John was also involved in the Galvin House senior football premiers team, McCarthy House senior cricket premiers side, music and was part of the wrestling championship side. John’s brother Patrick tragically drowned at Lake Wendouree in an accident in 1948. John returned to the farm after leaving school and lived for farming. He was heavily involved in community endeavours as well as with the Donald Shire for over 20 years and the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF). He was also involved with the Watchem Race Committee and enjoyed catching up with fellow Old Boys at the Pakenham races back in the day. John and his wife Mary (dec) had a big family of 10 children and their son Chris is now working the family farm. John moved into aged care only a few short months ago and was still driving the header into his late 80s. Chris said his father enjoyed the opportunity to see the Melbourne Cup trophy travelling through the Birchip township during its recent country tour in early October. Rest in peace.
- We send our deepest sympathy to brothers David (SPC 1965-68), Charles (SPC 1964-66), Peter (SPC 1964-70) and Hugh Crawford (SPC 1967-71, PY1972) on the passing of their mother Rona, aged 94 years, on October 17. The four brothers were pictured in the 1965 College Annual, as it was a rare sight to have four brothers attending the school at the same time. Our thoughts are with you and your extended families at this sad time.
- We extend our condolences to Old Collegian Brett Ferguson (SPC 1988-93) and his mother Cheryl on the passing of his father Trevor in recent weeks.
- We are very sad to hear of the passing of Old Collegian Gavan Connell (SPC 1961-68), aged 70, who died of a heart attack on October 9 in Mexico, where Gavan has lived with his wife Lorenna in Merida, Yacatan, for the last 20 years. Gavan Connell was a prefect in 1968. The couple have a 14-year-old daughter Alexandra together and Gavan has two adult children from his first marriage, Matthew and Cy. Gavan attended SPC with his brother Peter (SPC 1962-69, PY1970) and he had an older sister Margaret. Peter was a College Prefect in 1968 and came to SPC in 1961 as a full-time boarder from Nauru. He was both a Junior Government Scholarship winner and a Commonwealth Secondary Scholarship winner. He was a second year Matriculation student with honours in Mathematics. He was a member of Sodality, Third XVIII and College Basketball. Gavan finished third in the Sir High Devine impromptu speaking competition in 1968 and was part of the SPC Athletic Team. Gavan shared some of his SPC memories in our “Where are they now” profile a couple of years ago and it can be found here Gavan, an ex-soldier, wrote several books in his later years including one titled Relentless, which is described as an old-style thriller, set mostly in modern-day Mexico, and tells the story of a retired US Navy SEAL named Slayer. It has been described as a great read by a fellow Old Boy, who said Gavan knew his subject matter well and “there are no disappointing letdowns when it comes to the mechanics of death and destruction, and there is plenty of subtle humour to keep the mood light and entertaining throughout”. Gavin also wrote instructional manuals for the Army.
- We express our deepest sympathy to the family of Damian van der Linden (SPC 1978-82) who sadly passed away on September 10. A Requiem Mass was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Ballarat and the service conducted by Father James Kerr (SPC 2000-05). Damian was a day student from Sulky, near Creswick. He was heavily involved in the cadet program during his years at SPC. He also received the Form 6 Academic Prize for Biology and played tennis during his time at SPC.
- We were notified of the passing of Old Collegian Laurence (Laurie) James Erwin (SPC 1949-53), who sadly passed away on August 8, aged 85 years. Laurie was born in Geelong and lived most of his life in Malua Bay and then on a farm at Young, in New South Wales. Laurie was a boarder from Ballan and was very involved in student life at SPC.
He was named Dux of Intermediate B in 1950 and matriculated in 1952 but returned to the College in 1953 to study for a Commonwealth Scholarship. In the 1953 College Annual, it was mentioned Laurie was highly commended for his ability in debate. He was secretary of the St Vincent de Paul Society, a Councillor of Our Lady’s Sodality and treasurer of the Holy Name Society. He was captain of Treacy House and a regular Second XVIII player. He was also bow for the victorious Fourth Crew and in earlier years, part of the Nunan House premiership football team in the Hill competition in 1951. Laurie was fondly remembered by fellow classmate Robert Davies (SPC 1952-53) as a “very smart and very personable person” and he recalled the pair enjoying many fun times playing school basketball together. In later life, Laurie worked at the Department of Primary Industry for many years, and very co-incidentally, was a manager and mentor to Robert’s son Paul, when he began work in the government department. Laurie was married to Ruth Lovisolo for 30 years and was fondly remembered in a family tribute as a “father, stepfather, grandfather and friend and mentor to many”.
- We pass on our deepest sympathy to the family of Michael Purcell (SPC 1955-56), who passed away peacefully on St Patrick’s Day (March 17), aged 76 years, in Maryborough after a short illness surrounded by his family. Michael, or Mick to those who knew him well, was the dearly loved husband of Marilyn, much loved father of Glen, Melissa, Marcus and their families. Mick attended SPC for Years 7 and 8 as a day student from Learmonth before moving to Maryborough. Mick’s three grandsons, Josh, Sam and Oscar Farrington are current students at SPC and Mick found great pleasure in attending the SPCs Fathers’ Day breakfasts and watching Josh and Sam competing in the Head of the Lake events.
- We extend our sympathy to the Old Collegian Jack Burgess (SPC 2013-18) and his mother Maria following the sudden passing of their father and husband Ian recently. Maria has been a long-time volunteer at the College canteen, continuing even after Jack graduated.
- We pass on our deepest condolences to Old Collegian Dylan Casey (SPC 2017-18) and his father Dale on the sudden passing of his mother Lyndell on September 3.
- Old Collegian Bill Cushing (SPC 1954-57) sadly passed away just shy of his 80th birthday on August 19. His career as a senior public servant and his later retirement years have been fondly remembered as epitomising the values that underpin a strong public service.
Bill was born on December 27, 1940 in Deniliquin, NSW, and became a boarder at SPC between 1954-57, culminating in the achievement of College Dux. He was also an assisting Prefect, recipient of a Commonwealth Scholarship and Alliance Francaise Prize and was named as a Second Year Matriculation Prefect in the 1957 College Annual. He was also a member of the Galvin House Oval Football premiership team, and good sprinter and member of the Sodality of Our Lady. Bill went on to Newman College, University of Melbourne between 1958-63 where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce with honours in economics and economic history. He was a brilliant student and was awarded numerous scholarships.
Bill’s career started in 1964 in the Commonwealth Public Service in Canberra in the Bureau of Census and Statistics. By 1973, as an assistant statistician, he was responsible for production of Australia’s balance of payment estimates. He also continued his studies in computer programming, finite mathematics and operations research and post graduate studies and experience in national economic accounting at Canadian and US national statistics agencies in 1972-73.
Between 1973-75, Bill was assistant secretary in the Department of Urban and Regional Development, one of the new departments set up by the Whitlam government. Bill was appointed to various positions, including as acting first assistant secretary in 1982, with responsibilities covering Defence and Government, advising on resourcing and effectiveness of policies for defence, national security and immigration.
In 1983, Bill joined the public service in Victoria bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience, first in the Department of Premiers and then as deputy director general in the reforming Department of Industry, Technology and Resources. He was remembered as an economist who “brought a new level of intellectual challenge and rigour to the Victorian public service at that time”. He was successful in advocating for the creation of a state balance sheet, which was published in the early 1990s in a first for Australia by the then-Victorian Treasury. He was described as “always the man to have on the team when reform was needed” and served in the Victorian Ministry of Housing, associate deputy secretary in the Department of Premier and Cabinet and in 1991 joined the Victorian Treasury Department, as executive director of Budget and Economics. His last government appointment was as an expert advisor to Treasury on major economic and financial policy matters, and he was a high-level representative of Treasury on major committees. He is remembered for making a significant contribution within Treasury and Finance over this time.
Bill retired early after health issues and enjoyed travelling widely in Australia, regular meet-ups on Saturday mornings in Lygon Streets with friends, and a love for the arts and opera until his Parkinson’s disease meant he could no longer enjoy these pastimes.
In a joint tribute written by some of his former work colleagues and dearest friends, Bill was recognised as a man of integrity, intelligence and a commitment to good governance and policy. He is survived by his sister Betsy and nieces Melanie and Erin.
To read the tribute to Bill in more detail, please click here
- We are very saddened to announce the passing of Br John Wayne De Bock, who was a respected member of the St Patrick’s College staff between 1986-2006. Br De Bock passed away on Wednesday, September 2 at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne, aged 80.
Br De Bock was on staff at SPC for two decades and became very well known among the students, with his American accent fondly remembered by many former students. He was also a valued member of the Christian Brothers community.
Br De Bock was appointed to St Patrick’s in 1989 as a teacher, specialising in English and Mathematics, with a keen interest in basketball. In 1996 he was appointed Library Resource Assistant full time. In 1997 Br De Bock provided support as a Home Room and Assistant Teacher and again in 1999, for Year 10 boys. He also served as a boarding master in Kenny House and assistant master of Nangle House. In 1998 he continued to supervise and assist students as he continued his full-time role in the Library until he left in 2006.
Br De Bock’s funeral service was held on Tuesday, September 8 and was livestreamed due to the current COVID-19 restrictions.
- We are very sad to hear of the passing of one of our wonderful SPC supporters, Jim Farrell (SPC 1941-44).
Jim was an active member of the College community, attending many St Patrick’s Day luncheons and was a regular of The Harp Old Boys Group that gathered for lunches at The Harp of Erin Hotel in Kew.
James Anthony Farrell, or Jim to his family and friends, passed away peacefully at 93 years of age on August 30. A boarder from Moyhu, Jim completed his matriculation at SPC and was a member of the Sodality of Our Lady. His family believe Jim’s time at St Pat’s provided an invaluable foundation for a lifelong career in education. Upon matriculating, Jim spent a year at Corpus Christi Seminary in Werribee, before studying teaching at Bendigo Teachers College, where he met Bonnie Ryan to whom he was married in 1949.
Just two weeks after cancer had claimed Jim’s second born David at 16 months, that Jim stepped into the fight of his own life against an aggressive cancer. Following months of unsuccessful treatment, and an increasingly dire prognosis, Jim and Bonnie’s prayers were answered in the form of an extraordinarily ambitious series of surgeries headed by world renowned Alan “The Vicar” Wakefield. In many respects a world first, the cancerous flesh of Jim’s lower face down to his chest was removed and the area was reconstructed from flesh that was grafted from his torso. The recovery was extraordinarily gruelling and came with more hurdles. Jim had to learn to speak again through his new mouth and in time he rediscovered his magnificent speaking voice. Jim’s return to teaching was thwarted when the Education Department advised that his physical appearance might not be fit for the classroom. Eventually Jim was offered a teaching position at East Gippsland outpost, Cabbage Tree Creek.
In addition to holding down senior teaching roles and the demands of an ever-growing family, in his late 30’s Jim returned to study and qualified as an educational psychologist before a stint lecturing at Melbourne University. Jim went on to have a successful career at Victoria’s Catholic Education Office, where he held various leadership positions, mainly as an educational consultant, through to his late retirement at 70.
Jim’s son-in-law Thomas (Tucker) Cunningham boarded at the College in the 50’s, and grandsons Tom and Ben (College Captain 1999) Cunningham boarded in the 90’s.
Until his passing, Jim was Peter MacCallum’s longest surviving cancer patient. For good reason he was a powerful advocate for the vital work of Peter Mac.
Jim is survived by 13 of his 16 children, 44 grandchildren and 42 great grandchildren (at last count). We thank Jim’s son Brendan for assisting with this tribute.Jim Farrell, pictured in his matriculation class in the 1944 College Annual.
- We pass on our sincere condolences to Allan McKinnon (SPC 1966-69), current president of the SPC Old Collegians Association, and his extended family on the passing of his mother Alice on August 26.
- We extend our sincere condolences to wife Mary and family on the sad passing of Old Collegian Roger Howard (SPC 1954-63) on August 12.
Roger visited the College back in December 2018 with his wife Mary and enjoyed the opportunity to walk around the school grounds once again. Roger started at SPC in grade four and matriculated in 1963. Roger enjoyed sport at school and was a talented bowler in the First XI Cricket. He was also a member of the Second Four Tennis team and enjoyed athletics. He was part of the Ballarat Public School championship athletic team and he also participated successfully in the school’s public speaking competitions.
Tony Re in his matriculation class in 1961.
- We extend our sympathy to Old Boy Robert Re (SPC 1955-63) on the passing of his brother Anthony (Tony) Re (SPC 1954-61) on August 5. Tony was a day student and a talented athlete during his time at SPC. He was also a member of the First XVIII Football team and the Second XI Cricket.
- We were notified recently of the passing of Joseph (Joe) Marlow (SPC 1943-45) on December 6, 2019, three days shy of his 92nd Joe was described as a loved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, who was an “extraordinary man and (had an) extraordinary life”. A celebration of Joe’s life was held at the Sandringham Yacht Club.
- We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Old Collegian Kevin Francis Walsh (SPC 1961-67) on August 3. Kevin was well-known and respected and fondly remembered as a “first class bloke”. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Margaret, children Reagan (SPC 1993-98), Alexander (SPC 1997-02) and Justine, and nephew Courtney (SPC 1989-94).
His family paid tribute with “Kevin’s stoic suffering only made us love him even more and admire his character”. Kevin’s funeral was held on August 10 in Ballarat and was livestreamed due to the coronavirus restrictions. Kevin enjoyed a career in teaching like his older brother Bill. Kevin taught at Urquhart Street Primary School and then later at Urquhart Park Primary School alongside his brother Bill for many years. Kevin was remembered as a much-loved and respected teacher, who had a lovely approach towards staff and students. He also introduced an innovative maths program for female students, which was used successfully across the Ballarat region. Kevin was also fondly remembered as a sports fanatic with a great knowledge of many sports. He was remembered by the Ballarat Sportsmen’s Club as “a true gentleman” and by his friends as a “real gentleman with a great sense of humour (who) used to organise group golf trips for many of us and made them unforgettable events”. In a further tribute by his family, they quipped “no more bets, trivia quizzes, or golf on Earth but you will be able to teach them up there with a few laughs in between”. Kevin’s association with SPC began in 1961 as a student in grade six and he completed his matriculation. He was a day student from Cape Clear, where his family had a pub. Two of his brothers Bill (SPC 1953-58) (dec) and Maurice (1958-63) also attended SPC. Kevin was a keen sportsman at school.
He enjoyed playing tennis throughout his time at school and was a member of the First Four tennis team in his matric year. Kevin played various sports at the College and was also a member of the Fourths XVIII Football Team.
He was described in the 1966 College Annual as an “effective centre line player”. Kevin also played U15 football, captaining the Treacy team in the Leaving House Competition, which consisted of cricket, basketball and baseball games. Kevin also played cricket consistently throughout his schooling and was placed equal sixth in academic honours in Form 1 Gold in 1962.
- We have been notified by the family of the sad passing of Old Boy Brian Miller (SPC 1943-50) on August 27, 2018. Brian was a full-time boarder from Upwey and completed his Leaving Certificate. Brian was also involved in the Army Cadets, and was proudly promoted to a Cadet Lieutenant in his final year.
We are sad to announce the passing of Leon Borelli (SPC 1965-68) on July 14, after a brief illness, aged 69 years. Leon was a student at St Patrick’s College from 1965-68 and he was renowned for his strength and was stroke of the first rowing crew at 15 years of age. Although quite shy at school who could forget his hilarious introductory lesson on weightlifting in the impromptu speeches on Purton Oratory night. A well-liked student, Leon was also a talented trombonist in the College Brass Band throughout his time at St Patrick’s.
Following school, Leon went on to study Horticulture at the Burnley College and carved out a formidable career and name within the Horticultural industry. He was the creator and manager of Sunshine Seedlings which supplied seedlings to major retailers nationally including Bunnings. Leon invented the Megapunnet which provided 10 standard seedling punnets in one container which significantly reduced the cost to the consumer. So next time you buy a Sunshine Megapunnet, you can think of him. Leon leaves behind his much-loved wife Sue and many friends. He was also a “dear friend” to many SPC classmates and this moving tribute was contributed by one of his mates, John Coffey (SPC1965-69). Leon was a boarder with his brother John (SPC 1964-65), from Huntingdale, a suburb of Melbourne. The 1968 College Annual shows Leon was indeed a very active member of the school, and was a member of the SPC Aboriginal Advancement Group, SPC Senior Band, Matriculation Debating Executive, Fourths Football, and secretary of the Purton Oratory Contest.
- We were notified of the passing of former day student Peter Hackwill (SPC 1945-52) in Canberra on July 14, aged 84 years, by Peter’s niece Leah Monaghan. Peter attended St Patrick’s in the late 40s and early 50s along with his brothers Gavan (SPC 1945-51) (dec), Brendon (SPC 1953-54, PY1956) (dec) and Harry (SPC 1947-1953, PY1955). The Hackwill brothers were full-time boarders from Welshpool, in south Gippsland. Peter was very active in sport at SPC, in athletics, football, basketball and cricket. Notably, Peter was a member of the Ballarat Public Schools Championship Athletic Team in 1951 and was talented in the running events, hurdles, high jump and broad jump. He was also a member of the Cricket Second XI, Football First XVIII and Second XVIII where Peter was described in the 1952 College Annual as showing “ability and versatility by serving well in different positions”. He also played in the Treacy House A Grade Oval competition premiership side and was a member of the Sodality of Our Lady in 1952.
Three of the brothers are now represented at St Patrick’s through five grandsons, including Leah’s two sons (Gavan’s grandsons), Brendan (Year 7) and Andrew (Year 10), along with Brendon Hackwill (Year 7) who is Brendon’s grandson and Jeremy and Reuben Hackwill (Year 7) who are Harry’s grandsons. Brendon’s sons Richard (SPC 1982-87) and Dean (SPC 1988-93) are also Old Boys of the College.
Peter is survived by his wife Trish and children Gerard, Therese, Andrew and Rachel and four grandchildren. A Requiem Mass was held at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Curtain, ACT on July 20.
- The College extends its deepest condolences to the family of Old Collegian Warren McGenniss (SPC 1948-57, PY1958) who passed away peacefully on his 58th wedding anniversary on July 7, aged 79 years. He was a much-loved husband to wife Valerie, a devoted father to his three children Sandra, Stephen and David and a very proud grandfather to his five grandchildren. “We all miss him dearly as he was a central figure in all our lives,” says his wife Val. A private funeral was held on July 15 due to the coronavirus restrictions and Warren’s family hope to hold a larger memorial at a later date.
Warren was a full-time boarder at SPC, starting in 1948 in Grade 2 and he completed his Leaving Certificate in 1957. He came from the Melbourne suburb of Black Rock, where his family had a hotel, and attended SPC with his brothers Barry (SPC 1945-52, PY1953) and Irwin (SPC 1948-55, PY1957). Warren was an active student, both academically and in sport. He came third overall in his first year of school at SPC and was awarded a scholastic prize. He finished second overall in grade 3, and was awarded a scholastic prize and came first in the ½ mile handicap in the Athletics. He received scholastic prizes for his academic performances in Grade 4 and 5 and was a member of the record breaking U13 relay team in Athletics in Grade 6 in 1952.
He continued to perform well and was awarded a scholastic prize in his Sub Intermediate year after finishing equal fifth in class. Warren was also a member of the Nunan House cricket team, which won the premiership in 1955 and he was a member of the U15 XVIII football team. He continued to play cricket in his senior years and was noted in the 1957 College Annual as one of the best batsmen in the College’s 2nd XI cricket team. After leaving SPC, Warren worked at the Wool Exchange Hotel in Melbourne until his father obtained the lease at Chadstone shopping centre in 1960. Warren and Val were married in 1962 and moved to East Bentleigh. He managed the shop at Chadstone until 1983 and then went into office administration. He was very active in East Bentleigh as a coach of St Peters Football Team where he coached his two sons. Since his passing, Warren’s family have received many tributes from the boys he had coached to say he and his brother Irwin had had a wonderful positive influence on their lives. He also played cricket with his boys and they all have fond memories of his dedication and sincerity to them as young sportsmen. Warren attributed his coaching skills to the great Br Bill O’Malley. Warren took up lawn bowls after retiring from cricket and was a member of Coatesville Bowling Club for 40 years. He always loved movies and in his retirement made DVDs for friends and family.
Warren continued to be a strong supporter of SPC and looked forward to receiving The Shamrock magazine and keeping updated on news from SPC. When Warren heard of the introduction of the College’s OCA Pastoral Care Program, he contacted the College and began giving of his time and talents in a quiet and unassuming way on a regular basis over the space of three years. We especially thank Warren and his wonderful wife Val for their generous and lasting contribution to our Old Collegians and their valued support of St Patrick’s College.
- It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brian Joseph Hetherington (SPC 1946-48). Brian passed away on July 9 and a Requiem Mass was held at St Andrew’s Catholic Church in Malabar, NSW on July 17. Brian was a boarder from Deniliquin, New South Wales and was active in athletics, crowned the U13 High Jump Champion in 1946 and followed this up with a second place in the U14 High Jump Championship, and third in the U14 Relay in 1947, culminating in a fourth-place in the Ballarat Combined Sports U14 High Jump. After leaving SPC, we understand Brian became a Champion light heavyweight boxer and also rose through the police ranks to the role as Assistant Commissioner for the NSW Police. He lived his later years in Matraville, in Sydney and was married to Jessie (dec), father to Patricia, Tony, Vicki, Michael and Robyn and is also remembered as a loving grandfather and great grandfather.
- We extend our sympathy to Glenys and son James on the passing of their husband and father, John Tenison-Woods (SPC 1962-64) on January 3, this year, aged 74 years. John was a boarder from East Brighton and completed his matriculation in 1964. During his time at St Patrick’s, John played footy for Nunan House in the Park competition, as well as in the Thirds and Fourths. He received a chemistry prize at SPC in 1963 and further excelled in this field after matriculating. After training as an industrial chemist, John went on to specialise in Metal Finishing and electroplating and became an international consultant in his field. He worked in England, Europe, USSR, South America and the USA, finishing his international career in Egypt. He lived in Frankston in his later years. His wife Glenys fondly remembers John loved a challenge in work and travelling and meeting people, and the family miss him very much.
- We were notified recently that Old Collegian Doug Murphy (SPC 1950-51, PY1952) has passed away. Doug was a boarder from Echuca and completed his Leaving Certificate. He was a member of the Galvin House Oval premiership team in 1951. Doug lived in Benalla and is survived by his wife Elaine.
- We extend our condolences to the family on the passing of Old Collegian David Michael (Mick) Darman (SPC 1980-85). Known as Mick to those who knew him, he was the loving son of Ivan (dec) and Maud and brother of Dominic (SPC 1978-83) , Alain (SPC 1981-84, PY1986) and Gerard (SPC 1987-90). Also known as “Darmo” and “Darms” to his school mates, Mick has been remembered by them as a “great guy and good mate”. Mick was a boarder from Warracknabeal, and was a member of the badminton team and the Legion of Mary. Due to the coronavirus restrictons, a private funeral was held for Mick on May 14 in Townsville. He is survived by his partner Narelle.
- We are saddened to hear that Old Collegian and retired teacher Barry Nunn (SPC 1956-62) passed away peacefully on May 12, aged 75 years. He was the son of Eileen and Ernie (both dec) and brother of Brian (dec), Des (dec), Margaret, Eulalie (dec) and Brenda. He was remembered by the staff and students of Alice Miller School, at Macedon, and in particular, by their VCE students for “his warmth, kindness and humour”. In a moving tribute, they said “Barry was a delight to work with and fulfilled his role as Chief Exam Supervisor with gentle, reassuring enthusiasm. He embraced our community wholeheartedly and will be greatly missed” and farewelled a “true treasure”. Barry was a boarder from East Preston and completed matriculation. He was president of the Holy Name Society, secretary of St Vincent de Paul and part of the Senior Debating Society executive. Barry was a placegetter in the Purton Oratory and was noted in the 1962 College Annual for performing creditably at public speaking contests during the year, winning contests in Prepared Speech at the Begonia Public Speaking Festival, the St John’s Competition and at South Street. He was also a talented runner, particularly in the sprints.
• The College extends its deepest condolences to the family of Peter McDonald (SPC 1962-64 and former staff member) who passed away peacefully on June 12 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Cath and cherished father of David, James, Ruth (dec) and Beth and a “funny Pa” to nine much-loved grandchildren. He was remembered as a “most loving and loved man”. Peter was a boarder at SPC from Streatham, in the western district. He was an active member of the SPC community as both a student and staff member. He was named a prefect and was part of the executive of the Holy Name Society and Our Lady’s Sodality, and a member of the Altar Society. He was part of the First XVIII Football team between 1963-64, combined BPS First XVIII in 1963 and part of the First XI (1962-64). He won the Br O’Malley Football Trophy as the best and fairest in 1964 and was described in the 1964 College Annual as a “consistently outstanding ruckman and unselfish team man”, despite injury robbing him of half of his last season. He returned to SPC in the late 80s as a careers teacher and also helped in pastoral care and as a teaching assistant over the space of 18 years as a valued staff member at SPC.
• We are saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Old Collegian Paul Gross (1976-80, PY1981) who died on June 11 from a heart attack. Paul was a boarder from Horsham and was involved in the St Vincent de Paul Society and played badminton with the College. We extend our condolences to his mother Eugenie and son Mario.
• We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Shaun Firman (SPC 2002-07) who passed away peacefully after a year-long battle with cancer on June 5, surrounded by his beautiful partner Emma Hoffman, family and friends. It was on his 30th birthday last year that a lump on Shaun’s neck was diagnosed as a non-UV related squamous cell carcinoma. Despite having the lump removed and enduring several bouts of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, the cancer sadly spread. Shaun’s friends and family continued to rally around him, helping raise funds for expensive immunotherapy treatments, and offered him as much love and comfort as possible in his final days. At the time of his passing he was surrounded by his beautiful partner Emma and his close family and friends. Shaun was a day student at SPC between 2002-07 and played in the school’s croquet and table tennis competitions in his senior year. On completing Year 12, Shaun became a greenkeeper. Shaun is survived by his parents Mark and Katrina and sister Carly.
• We were notified of the sad passing of Barry Pomeroy (SPC 1953-55, PY1957) on May 7. Barry was a day student at SPC with his brothers Francis (SPC 1953-54, PY1956) and Leslie (SPC 1954-58, PY1959) and completed his intermediate studies. Barry was also involved with the YCW at St Columba’s branch and played football with East Ballarat with his two brothers. Barry also ran at Stawell in the veterans 120m finals.
Tributes were published by the Werribee RSL sub-branch and Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (VVAA) Melbourne West sub-branch, where Barry was an esteemed member of both organisations.
Barry lived in Werribee and is survived by his wife Merle and family and his sister Maureen still lives in Ballarat.
• The College extends its sympathy to the family of James (Jim) Patrick Murrihy (SPC 1959-63) who died on June 1 after a battle with cancer. Jim is survived by wife Audrey, children Cherie and Martin and was an adored grandfather to four. Jim was also uncle to Damian Murrihy (SPC 1985-90), Daniel (SPC 1991-96), Kieran (SPC 1986-91) and Sean (SPC 2000-05). A Requiem Mass was held on June 5 at Chelsea Heights and the funeral was livestreamed due to the coronavirus regulations. Jim attended SPC between 1959 and 1963 and was a boarder from Bacchus Marsh. He was actively involved in college life and was one of the prefects in 1963, received the Howard Prize for Character, Application to Study and Sport in the Senior School, and received the economics and modern history awards.
He was also president of the Holy Name Society, executive member of Our Lady’s Sodality, member of the Altar Society, Captain of Football 1st VIII in 1962 and 1963, BPS representative (1961-63), member of First XI (1962-63) and received the Brien Gleeson (football) Trophy for his Ruck Play. His footballing talents were described in the 1963 College Annual as “an inspiration to his team always, a courageous player rather than a brilliant one, he was a leader in all phases of the game”. Jim also assisted the Brothers by umpiring after-school footy matches alongside classmates Roger Long (SPC 1958-63) (dec), Barry Richardson (SPC 1961-64), Michael Fry (SPC 1962-65) (dec), Raymond Moran-Hilford (SPC 1961-64) and Terrence O’Halloran (SPC 1953-63) (dec).
Jim was fondly remembered by his former work colleagues as a much-loved and highly respected leader at Parkdale Secondary College, for over 30 years. He was described as “a man of intellect, integrity and exceptional organisational skills” and a man who “had an enormous impact on hundreds of students, teachers and parents. He was the champion of a fair go for all and a most warm, lovable character.” He was described by another as a “great teacher with a sparkling personality and good friend”.
• Trevor Cann (SPC 1961-64) sadly passed away on May 30, aged 71 years. Trevor and his younger brother Graham (SPC 1963-67) were day students at SPC as was their father Frank Guilano (SPC 1913-16). Trevor enjoyed playing cricket during his time at SPC and was part of the Galvin Shed Premiers team in 1963 and Galvin House Park Competition team in 1964. He also performed well in school athletics. He is remembered as the loved husband of Pam and father of Mellita, Emma, Michelle, Leigh and Tania and a devoted grandfather to 15. A private funeral service was held in Geelong.
• Former staff member Br Kevin Patrick Woodruff sadly passed away on May 23 at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, aged 71 years. Kevin was the beloved son of Kevin and Patricia (both dec) and much-loved brother of Anthony, Paul (SPC 1969-70), Chris and Therese and valued member of the Christian Brothers. Br Woodruff was on staff at St Patrick’s College between 1979-81 and again in 1984. He then taught at St Joseph’s in Geelong for 22 years, before moving to Parkville where he enjoyed his life living with the Mt Sion community. Br Woodruff had a private burial due to the coronavirus restrictions.
• We extend our sympathy to the family of former boarder Peter Driscoll (SPC 1958-64), who passed away suddenly at home surrounded by his loving family on May 18. Peter was born on November 9, 1945 and attended SPC with his brother Kenneth (SPC 1961-62, PY1963) and Douglas (SPC 1955-58) (dec), who were boarders from Landsborough. Peter was a prefect of SPC in 1964, and was also involved in the Altar Society between 1963-64, Executive of Our Lady’s Sodality, Executive of the Literary and Debating Society in 1962 and played in the Second XVIII (Football), U16 Thirds Football and during his junior years as well as Third XI (cricket). Peter was the beloved husband of Breda (Brid) and devoted father to Patrick (SPC 1984-89) (dec), Theresa, Eilin, Sean-Donal (SPC 2000-05) and Diarmaid (SPC 2005-2010) and was grandfather to six, including current Year 11 student Declan Pollard.
• We have been notified of the sad passing of possibly our oldest Old Boy, Fr Joe Kearney (SPC 1935-39) on May 15 in Perth, three months shy of reaching 99 years. Joseph Kearney grew up in a devoted Catholic family in the Melbourne suburb of Moonee Ponds, and at the age of seven, moved with his family to Hepburn Springs. He received his primary education in a convent school and secondary education at St Patrick’s College, starting Year 8 in 1935 and finishing Year 12 in 1939. He was a boarder and was in the Honours Class, attaining honours in Latin, as shown in the 1939 College Honours Class photo. Joseph was also a councillor of the Sodality at SPC in 1939. Fr Kearney celebrated his platinum jubilee (70-year) anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood in 2016, with a Mass held at Our Lady Queen of Apostles in Shelley, WA, where he was officially congratulated by Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe for so many years of loyal and dedicated ministry. In a news story written to celebrate his achievements, Fr Kearney reminisced that he contemplated the idea of becoming a priest throughout his teenage years and eventually joined the Pallottines in 1940. A six-year spiritual and academic formative journey with the Pallotines and the help of Franciscans thus began for Fr Kearney as he ventured into philosophy, theology and scripture. While undertaking his studies, Fr Kearney also harboured a desire to work in remote parts of Australia, the top-end of Western Australia in particular, and be of assistance to Aboriginal people. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 28, 1946 by then Melbourne Archbishop Daniel Mannix and lived his first year as a priest in Melbourne. Fr Kearney eventually arrived to WA in 1948 and served in Broome until 1956. During his service, he would visit the small Aboriginal community of Balgo, the first time for six months and the second time for 18 months.
“The fondest memories of my priesthood are those from the time I spent in Balgo in 1955,” he recalled. “There was a mutual trust with the Aboriginal people that made things work. We trusted them and they trusted us. Fr Alphonse and I baptised the first small group of children and did a number of holy communions and confirmations while there.”
In fact, a low mountain range near Balgo in the south east region of The Kimberley, WA were later named the “Kearney Ranges” after Fr Kearney in recognition of his early years at Balgo Mission.
Fr Kearney remained in WA for another decade as he relocated north of Broome, in the town of Beagle Bay, from 1961 to 1969. At the end of 1969, he was voted in as Regional Superior of the Pallottines and moved to the headquarters of the organisation in Melbourne, within the suburb of Kew, to serve two three-year terms. In 1975, he was appointed as rector of a house for students in Box Hill, Melbourne, before returning to the Pallottine headquarters to serve as secretary and bursar for another three years. It was after this final appointment in Melbourne that Fr Kearney arrived to Perth in 1981 and served in Rossmoyne. Fr Kearney was chaplain to what was known as a hostel accommodation for high school and apprentice aged Aboriginal children from the Kimberley and other outback regions. The hostel, which closed in the late 1990s, enabled boys and girls to be educated to Year 12 at local schools or to be apprenticed to local businesses. Fr Kearney was also stationed as a chaplain in Geraldton from 1986 until his retirement in 1996. He remained active, serving various parishes in need of a priest throughout WA, until 2008. A vigil was held at St Vincent Pallotti Chapel in Western Australia and a funeral Mass was celebrated on May 21 in private due to the coronavirus distancing restrictions, however the Mass was livestreamed.
• We extend our condolences to the families of Josh (SPC 2002-07), Brayden (SPC 2004-09) and Mitch Kennedy (SPC 2008-13) on the passing of their grandfather John Kennedy on May 9.
• We extend our condolences to the family of Chris Jenkins (SPC 1938-41) who passed away peacefully on April 9, aged 94. Chris was well known in horse racing circles and is remembered as a man of great presence, great self-belief who lived a full life built on strong principles and unshakable bonds of family, faith, friendships. One of the few quiet pursuits he enjoyed was to help others in need, with no fanfare and no fuss, but he was a man of many people with even his grandchildren’s friends making contact at his passing. They all remember ‘Gramps’, as he was universally known to the younger generations of the clan, as an outgoing, engaged, welcoming character with lots of stories and an innate interest in people. Born on August 25, 1925 into a Ballarat racing family of punters and bookmakers, Chris was the second youngest of six children and would tell endless stories of helping his father with the SP bookie business run from the local pubs. He had a great love of family from this time and his son Michael remembers his father telling many colourful stories of his upbringing in Ballarat and family life in Raglan Street. His family name, which remained until the end, was Nook, the origins of which not even he was sure about.
Chris moved to Melbourne in 1942 aged 17 to study dentistry at Melbourne University after attending St Patrick’s College from 1938-41. Chris was a day student and arrived at SPC with classmates from the Christian Brothers’ School, Drummond Street, including Jack Collins, Greg Hutchinson, Tony Magill and Kevin Willis. He represented the college in an array of sports, particularly athletics and cricket, was in the honours class and was a member of the Sodality of Our Lady and made many of his life-long friends.
He attempted to join the RAAF but as dentistry was considered an essential service he was turned down. He resided in Newman for many years and loved this time of life. His dental career lasted 23 years mostly practising from the old T&G Building in Collins Street in a small solo practice he purchased in 1951.
He met his wife Betty (known as Betsy to later generations) in 1945 and they married in 1950. In 1951 their first child arrived, Sally, then Chris, Tim, Lou, Michael and Jack. He loved big families. He ends this life with not only the six children, their respective partners, but also 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren with more to come. The loss of their son Chris in 1961, the second eldest aged 8, was a great tragedy in his and Betty’s life, and to the end this remained.
Chris is remembered for his vast and keen intellect. An insatiable thirst for knowledge. A voracious daily book reader, maybe a book a week, with history a favourite genre, and the crossword a part of the everyday routine. His home in Malvern was full of an eclectic array of hundreds of books from Wodehouse, Francis and various histories, mainly European, to a smattering Miller Guides (for the uninitiated they are an encyclopedia on race results) and yearling sale catalogues, mainly NZ.
Horse racing was both a passion and a profession for the majority of Chris’ life. Using wit, guile and a fair-sized bucket of self-belief he became fully involved from an early age. His worked for his SP bookie father as the runner in Ballarat before his teens. He later worked for his elder brother Jim who was both a bookie and punter before taking on, with gusto, the world of punting himself. Along with his eldest brother Jim he was amongst Australia’s biggest punters from the 50’s through to the late 70’s. He attended near 70 Melbourne Spring Carnivals, a rare feat, and an estimated 6,000+ race meetings in his life. He owned many horses and he said the best was Column who was runner-up in the 1971 Victoria Derby but his favourite day at the races was when Ferocity, owned in part by Chris, son Jack and son-in-law John van Veenendaal won the Magic Millions at Morphettville in 2005. Chris also served on the VRC Committee from 1985-93 and he loved that time of his life. From the back lanes of depression Ballarat to the hallowed halls of racing’s top echelons, it was a long climb, and he could mix it with anyone in and out of the racing fraternity and be welcoming of any part of social spectrum. He ended with Life Membership of many race clubs and attended the races for the last time for two days of the Flemington Carnival last year.
Chris was a man of resolute Catholic faith that underpinned his life. It never wavered from an early age. His father, also Chris, went to mass every day in Ballarat and Dad took his faith from those early days. He found comfort in it, was heavily involved in many church activities and leadership roles including head of the Parish Council at St Joseph’s in Malvern. It was one of the few things he did quietly.
Chris had cared for Betty for many years before her passing in 2008 and from that time he also needed more assistance which was given by many beyond his five surviving children, their partners, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was able to continue his patriarchal role including hosting family Sunday family lunches until the last year. Gramps’, as he had become known, last full family occasion was Xmas last December with more than 25 immediate family attended. He is remembered as having led a life rich in adventure, a touch of the scallywag, great warmth, self-belief, great faith, great generosity and great influence on so many from all walks of life.
• We were notified of the passing of Br Trevor John Bernardine Parton, who taught at SPC in the 1970s, on May 10 at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, aged 80 years. Br Parton transferred to SPC in Ballarat from a college of the same name at Prospect Vale, Tasmania. He took up appointments as Senior Chemistry and Biology Master, Master-in-Charge of Rowing, and Resident Master of Form 5. Br Parton was also involved in the soccer competition and liturgical ceremonies during his time at St Patrick’s. Br Parton previously spent time at St Mary’s, Geelong, St Peter’s Minor Seminary as well as in India as a missionary teacher.
• We extend our deepest sympathy to Kevin O’Sullivan (SPC 1963-67) and his family on the passing of his son Liam recently to cancer.
• The College extends its heartfelt sympathy to Suzie, Ella and Lucinda on the passing of SPC staff member Gerard Sullivan, who sadly passed away on May 1 after a courageous battle with cancer. Gerard’s funeral was held at Ballarat Cathedral and the funeral cortege visited St Patrick’s College on its way to the cemetery. Gerard’s funeral was livestreamed due to the coronavirus distancing restrictions and can be viewed here
• The College extends its condolences to the family and friends of Old Collegian Sam James Reale (SPC 2003-08), who passed away suddenly on April 15, aged 29 years old. Sam was a day student from Bacchus Marsh and attended SPC along with his brother, Zac (SPC 2006-11). In a moving tribute, Sam’s family said their son’s smile and energy will be forever missed but never forgotten. “You touched everyone you met with your kindness, like an angel doing God’s work”. Sam started at ACU Ballarat in 2018 as a Bachelor of Nursing/ Bachelor of Paramedicine student. Sam was a highly valued member of the Paraquinas Committee from 2018-2019 and was remembered as “cheerful and joyous, and never failed to share that energy with all those around him. His infectious laughter and smile had the ability to light up a room, and made all environments instantly warmer. Sam’s energy for life and kind nature would have ensured he excelled in whatever career path he chose”. Members of the Paraquinas committee plan to hold a memorial for Sam when campus life returns after COVID-19 and stated Sam’s “passion, dedication and enthusiasm will always be greatly appreciated and remembered”. A moving tribute was also posted by Ballarat-founded band APES, in which Sam was the bassist. Band members remembered Sam as “the absolute heart and soul of everything we embodied.” The tribute continued “He approached music in the same way he approached life. With love and passion. Sam’s ability to help someone believe in themselves, even when they couldn’t see it, might have been among one of his greatest gifts. Things will never be the same without you. Beyond being a band mate. You were a brother and a friend. We will cherish the time we were lucky enough to have all shared together.” Sam was also remembered by the staff and players of the Western Bulldogs Football Club, where he was a much-loved staff member and friend. In a moving tribute, the footy club remembered Sam as a “Bulldog through and through and his smile and warmth will be greatly missed at all”.
• We were saddened to learn of the passing of Reginald Michael Haintz (SPC 1951-53) on April 26 at St John of God Hospital in Ballarat surrounded by his family after a short battle with melanoma. Reg was the loving husband of Eileen, adored father of Geraldine, Peter, Tanya and Danny. He was born on July 16, 1939 and was a grandfather of 15, including Benjamin (SPC 2007-12), Darcy (SPC 2009-14) and Tynan L Haintz (SPC 2011-16) and “Old Pop” to three great-grandchildren. Reg was fondly remembered by his family for “leading by example with love and integrity in all aspects of his life” and the good times enjoyed on Saturdays when Reg would announce “tools down” at midday and the family went off to football, cricket or tennis. He was remembered in the local community as a man that cared deeply about the wellbeing of others and was always there to lend a hand. Reg’s working life was in potato seed growing and his passion for sport saw him become a friend of many. He played footy at Creswick and later, Newlyn and then Springbank, where he was heavily involved on the club committee and was awarded life membership in 1990. Reg was a delegate for the Central Highlands FL and later served as league president between 2001-08, receiving a life membership in 2010. Reg also loved playing cricket – winning a premiership as captain with Dean-Mollongghip, carrying on the success that he enjoyed as a day student at SPC, where he was a member of the Nunan Junior Shed cricket team (in 1951), and member of the Galvin House Premier XI Senior Shed competition, as recorded in the 1951-52 College Annual. Reg attended SPC for three years and completed his sub-intermediate studies. A private funeral was held due to the coronavirus government regulations, however family members are planning a large memorial gathering once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. To read more about Reg’s life, please click here
• We pass on our deepest condolences to brothers, Wayne Huggett (SPC 1982-87) and Paul Huggett (SPC 1988-93), following the passing of their mother Ellen on May 29.
- We extend our deepest sympathy to Noel Forster (SPC 1963-68) and his family and extended family on the sad passing on his brother, Kevin Forster (SPC 1969-1972), who died in a Brisbane hospital after a short illness on April 16. Upon leaving school, Kevin joined the Australian Army as an apprentice and after completion of his tenure, he was involved in the mining industry until the time of his illness. He would have been 63 this Saturday (April 25). During his time at SPC, Kevin was a day student and part of the junior choir and an active member of the College’s music activities. Kevin was also a cox in rowing and played in the U15 Rugby XV team.
The College extends its deepest sympathy to former boarders Gerard (SPC 1977-78) and Michael Unthank (SPC 1980-81) and their families on the sad passing of their father Brian Unthank (SPC 1948-52) on March 31, aged 85.
Brian is remembered as a dominant force in the livestock and real estate sales in Albury and the surrounding areas, for more than six decades. Originally from Somerville on the Mornington Peninsula, Brian attended SPC as a boarder from the age of 11. Brian was an active student and involved in many sports at SPC, including athletics, football, rowing, basketball. He was a handy runner and was part of the 1950 Treacy House Athletic Champions and 1951 Ballarat Public Schools Athletic Champions team. He was also a member of SPC’s Second XVIII Football team and First XVIII Football side in 1952, and described as a “dashing, reliable half-back flanker. A fair mark, very good on the ground showed his opponents a clean pair of heels and always got his kick. Not afraid to go and meet the ball”. He was part of the 3rd rowing crew in 1951, and was in a nail-biting photo finish in the 2nds crew’s Head of the Lake contest in 1952. Brian was also involved in the St Vincent de Paul Society, and even in the Literary Society, Brian’s love of the land rang true with his speech in the 1952 Purton Oratory Competition entitled “Wool’s Battle With the Synthetics”.
Brian sadly passed away after suffering a major stroke and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease last year. A private family burial was held in Albury due to the public gathering restrictions in place for the coronavirus pandemic.
Brian is remembered as the founder of Brian Unthank Rural, which has employed three generations of his family, originally moved to the Albury area in the 1950s when he worked for New Zealand Loan.
His first posting as an agent was Boree Creek in a bygone era when it and other surrounding areas including Lockhart, Oaklands, Urana and Rand were all sheep selling centres in addition to larger centres of Corowa, Yarrawonga, Deniliquin, Wagga and Albury.
Brian and his wife Judy moved to Albury when he continued working for New Zealand Loan before its merger with Dalgety Australia at the end of 1961.
Five years later he made his biggest career move and established BUR which presently employs three of his children, Susan, Gerard and Michael.
His daughter Susan fondly remembered her father in a moving tribute in The Border Mail newspaper, recalling her dad “worked 24/7, he was an agent through and through, but also a true family man”.
During his school years at SPC, Brian obtained a wool classing certificate and his first job with New Zealand Loan was a cadet in its wool department.
He accepted an offer to join the livestock team working under the company’s Victorian and Riverina auctioneer, Pat Barry.
He obtained his auctioneer’s licence in 1955 and worked at the Newmarket saleyards in Melbourne before the move to the Riverina.
BUR started out in Albury’s Townsend Street when Mr Unthank was joined by Jim Williams, receptionist Mary Hynes and wife Judy.
“Jim was the man who kept dad in check,” Susan said.
Mr Williams also worked for New Zealand Loan in Albury before joining BUR a year after its inception.
“He was very well known as a gun livestock auctioneer,” Mr Williams said.
“He was brilliant at his craft and his knowledge of livestock was really good.
“The business was going so well he invited me to join him in 1967 and was kind enough to offer me a share of the business.
“The smaller country markets were starting to peel off at the time we started up.
“The Wodonga cattle market was where we did most of our business.
“But I was known as the hand-brake of the operation.
“Brian was a very generous fellow and was a great family man as you can see today with his whole family involved in the business.”
Mr Williams worked with until 1987. The company also had stints in Ebden and David streets before its most recent move to “Bolderwood” in Olive Street.
Gerard and Michael joined the business after also attending SPC when the company’s major focus was servicing the rural sector.
But in 1998 the business was separated into rural and real estate entities with the latter becoming a bigger priority for Brian.
He was joined in the real estate arm by daughter Susan, who had previously worked as a nurse.
“We worked alongside each other for 22 years and he kept up with the times,” she said.
“He sold a lot of property and there are some properties he sold five times.”
Susan’s sons Tom and Bart also work for BUR.
Brian’s wife Judy died in 2010 and he is survived by his children Susan, Catherine, Gerard, Michael and Lisa and their families, including 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
The full story tribute in The Border Mail can be read at this link, click here
- We pass on our condolences to Old Collegians Ralph Barba (SPC 1975-80) and Dom Barba (SPC 1977-82) following the passing of their mother Liliana who died on March 26 after a long illness.
- Peter Hayes (SPC 1963-68) sadly passed away suddenly in hospital in Ballarat on March 31, aged 69, after a short illness. Peter was the son of Theresa and Bob (both dec), loved brother of Maree, Carmel and Anne and an adored uncle. He was born on January 8, 1951 and was a day student at SPC and involved in the U12 and St Rochs football teams, and U13 and U14 cricket sides. It was noted in the 1965 College Annual that Peter had “developed as the best fast bowler in the competition”. Peter also played in the Under 15 Cricket XI and was part of the U15 McCarthy House Competition premiership team. Peter was a recipient of a Junior Government Scholarship in 1965, and also completed in the athletics. During his matriculation year, Peter received the prize for Roman History. He was fondly remembered by his family, who said he blessed their lives with “his love, kindness and wonderful, whacky humour”. Peter was also remembered by his work colleagues as “kind, hard-working and well respected”, having spent 12 years as a Registration Officer at the previous Medical Practitioner’s Board of Victoria and 10 years working with Ahpra. Peter was known for his tireless work in registration for Overseas Medical Practitioners and was highly regarded by all who had contact with him, including the practitioners themselves and the agencies that employed them.
- Eugene (Bernie) Bernard Sullivan (SPC 1955, PY1957) sadly passed away on December 24, 2019. Bernie was a boarder from Tungamah, near Yarrawonga, and completed his intermediate studies. Bernie, aka “Tungamah”, was in the 1st XVIII Football team which was coached by Br Justin Kelty, who had taken over from Br O’Malley. Bernie was a very effective and competitive full forward, and often made the best on ground list. Bernie spent his life in the stock and station industry beginning with McNamara’s and later joining Elders Smith Goldsborough Mort where he spent most of his working life operating in Victoria and the Riverina. His wife Sandy had predeceased him and he retired to Yarrawonga these last few years and is survived by their sons Mark and David and grandchildren.
- We were notified of the sad passing of Brian Joseph Maher (SPC 1947-53), older brother of Kevin Maher (SPC 1950-1956), uncle of Peter Maher (SPC 1989-1991) and great-uncle of current Year 7 student Oliver Maher. Brian passed away peacefully on September 23, 2019, at home in Bowral NSW, after a prolonged battle with prostate cancer. We thank Brian’s brother Kevin, who has compiled the following memories of his younger brother. Brian spent the whole of his secondary education as a boarder at St Patrick’s. He gained his matriculation certificate in 1952, before repeating matriculation in 1953 (a practice that was quite commonplace at that time for students considering progression to tertiary level).
In his final year at St Patrick’s, Brian was a prefect, and prominent in all College activities. He was president of the College Conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society, and an executive officer of the Holy Name Society. In 1952, he stroked the winning 5th crew, and was stroke of the second four in 1953. He was an accomplished athlete – a member of the College athletics team for a number of years, captain of the 45-50 strong athletics team, and College athletics champion in 1953. He won the “blue ribbon” 100 yards sprint at the BPS athletics meeting in 1953 and was runner-up in the 220 yards event. On leaving St Patrick’s, he studied Mining Engineering at Melbourne University, graduating in 1958. He then embarked on a career that initially involved working as a mining engineer in various parts of Australia – Broken Hill (where he met his wife, Pat), Rossarden and Renison Bell in Tasmania, and Cobar (NSW) before managing open cut iron-ore mines in Western Australia (Tom Price and Dampier), and similar open-cut mining operations in Liberia (1987-89) and Guyana (1992-94), before returning to Western Australia as manager of a coal mine at Collie. He retired to Bowral in 1999. He is survived by Pat and his children Paul, Daniel, Barbara, Elizabeth and Margaret (another daughter, Catherine, predeceased him in 2004).
- The College extends its deepest sympathy to Old Collegians Shaun (SPC 1990-95) and Stephen O’Loughlin (SPC 1986-91) on the death of their father Brendan, who passed away suddenly on February 7.
- We extend our sympathy to Old Collegians Brendan Eckel (SPC 1969-75) and John Eckel (SPC 1973-79) and their families on the loss of their older brother Maurice John Eckel (SPC 1966-72) on January 5. Maurice passed away peacefully at home, aged 66, surrounded by family and loved ones. Maurice was the beloved child of the late Dr John Francis and Eileen Eckel. He was loving brother to Hugh (SPC 1965-68) (dec), Peter (dec), Anne, Brendan, Margaret, John, Teresa and Mary. He was remembered as a “cheeky” uncle and the “mystical husband to mythological wife, Genie and their dreamlike 200 children”. Family members remembered “Maurice was never a man of earthly possessions, he was a unique individual known to many as the man that wore no shoes. His love of nature took him on many adventures, including the Daintree Rainforest. A place he felt a great connection with. There were many places Maurice wanted to go to that he didn’t get the chance to visit in this lifetime. However, we know now he is free to roam this infinite universe and explore all the places he dreamed of”. Maurice attended SPC with his brothers and was part of the army cadets, a good sprinter and in the senior rowing team. Rest in peace.
- Old Collegian Dr Maurice Wallin (SPC 1956-63) sadly passed away on January 2 in Melbourne. Maurice matriculated in 1962 as a prefect and received a junior government scholarship. He was a committee member of the College’s Literary and Debating Society, a member of St Vincent de Paul Society, Cadet Under-Officer between 1960-1962, involved in rowing between 1958-1962 and on the Umpires’ Panel in 1963. Maurice is best remembered as the founding president of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine (ACLM). Maurice tried a number of fields of medicine before settling on the interface of medicine and law and legal medicine. He enrolled in Duntroon and considered a career in the Military but realised that this was not for him and then considered a career as a radiologist, which he likewise rejected before adding the study of law to his MBBS qualification as a doctor. Together with Justices Williams and Abadee and others, Dr Wallin created the Expert Witness Institute of Australia, mirroring a similar body in the UK and serving in conjunction with the activities of the then Australian, later to become the Australasian College of Legal Medicine. While the Institute no longer exists, the ACLM continues to go from strength to strength and has grown to become a well-respected and internationally recognised body with a particular focus on the interface between medicine and law. Maurice is remembered as “a man of vision and had the energy to push for courses to be run by the ACLM, which have stood the test of time. Now, almost a quarter of a century later, they continue to be oversubscribed and demonstrate a national and international success, attracting people from as far away as the United States, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom”. Maurice was the first person, within the Australasian College of Legal Medicine, to be acknowledged with an Honorary Life Fellowship, in recognition of his great contribution to the ACLM, being both its founding President and having established the College on such a sound foundation. He was further honoured by being the only ever recipient of the Noel McCleave Medal which the ACLM provided both in honour of Dr Wallin’s contribution and also to recognise the role played by Dr McCleave as one of the founding fellows and architects of the ACLM. A Funeral mass was held at St Joseph’s Church in South Yarra on January 9. Maurice is survived by his wife Margaret and was a loving father of six children and 10 grandchildren.
- We extend our sympathy to the family of Joseph Gerard (Gerry) Joyce (SPC 1946-50), who passed away of renal failure on December 20 after a long illness. A service was held at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Newman College, at the University of Melbourne on December 30, 2019. Gerry was the loved husband of Marie, brother of Margaret (dec), Adrian, Anna (dec) and Rose Mary, father of Paul, Sarah, Catherine, Damian and Justine and grandfather of 14.
Gerry was a boarder at SPC and was an active participant in many areas, including the Sodality of Our Lady, Holy Name Society Executive, Senior Literary and Debating Society, St Vincent de Paul and was a member of rowing.
Gerry was a remembered to those who knew him as an “urologist, farmer, teacher, friend”. Gerry was born in Ararat in 1932 where his father was a local general practitioner. Gerry matriculated at St Patrick’s College and studied medicine at University of Melbourne, graduating in 1957. He became a resident medical Officer at St Vincent’s and then, the Royal Children’s Hospital before becoming a missionary surgeon in 1961 to the African Congo with the Red Cross and was awarded the Royal Red Cross award for his service. Having decided to become a urologist, Gerry became the Smith Kline French Urology Fellow at St Vincent’s Hospital in 1963, and spent three years training there obtaining his Fellowship (FRACS in urology) in 1965. He was then appointed Consultant urologist at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne in 1967 and began working on the kidney transport team which started in 1968. He worked as a urologist at PANCH Hospital from 1972 to 1988 and was eventually head of the unit. When Panch was closed, he became urologist at the Northern Hospital until 1997. He was also the urologist at the Mercy Hospital for Women between 1972 and 1999 and performed many restorative surgeries for injured ureters and bladders, often as an emergency and regularly at inconvenient times in the day and night. He retired from St Vincent’s public hospital in 1997, but continued on for many years as a lithotripter stone smashing surgeon. He was remembered as “the embodiment of a caring and compassionate physician which made St Vincent’s Hospital a unique environment in which to learn and practice the art of medicine. His wife Marie described Gerry as a “man of great integrity and goodness; loyal, practical and thoughtful and a truly wonderful husband and father”. Gerry was remembered as a great storyteller and who loved the land. A decision to buy a farm in the Wimmera, northeast of Ararat in 1972, was deemed a life-changing decision and for 40 years, became an extraordinary gathering place for family and friends.
- Brian Joseph Hogan (SPC 1944-49) sadly passed away on December 10, aged 88, and we extend our deepest sympathy to Brian’s family. Brian was a boarder at SPC in the 1940s and his younger brothers Kevin and John also attended later. His son Paul recalled that his dad enjoyed receiving SPC news via The Shamrock magazine and was “a St Pat’s boy through and through”. Paul recalls memories that his dad captained one of the football sides in the 1940s, was the head prefect one year and a great runner as well. The 1948-49 College Annual shows Brian was indeed a handy sportsman, playing in the footy First XIII and cricket First XI. He was captain of the footy, and won the 1949 best and fairest and also won a most consistent trophy. He also won the cricket fielding sports prize and open athletic sports prize alongside Paul Quinlan. In later life, Brian kindly donated his SPC blazer, highlighting his school achievements to the College’s Archival Museum. Brian enjoyed meeting up with his old school mates at the annual Pakenham race meeting for the Brother O’Malley handicap for many years. A Requiem Mass was offered at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Pakenham on December 17 and Brian was laid to rest at Pakenham Cemetery. Old Boys John Croft (SPC 1940-47, PY1949) and Fr Dan Arundell (SPC 1945-48) were in attendance at the funeral service. Brian is survived by his wife and six children.Brian Hogan in the Football First XIII photo in the 1948-49 College Annual.
- Bernard O’Keefe (SPC 1940, PY1942) passed away peacefully on November 1, 2019, aged 94, in Geelong. Bernie completed his sub-intermediate studies at St Patrick’s College with his brother Desmond (dec) (SPC 1940, PY1943). The brothers boarded and were from Winslow, near Warrnambool. Bernie was the dearly loved husband of Colleen, who sadly passed away some five weeks after Bernie, on December 11, aged 90. Bernie and Colleen were proud parents to Damian, Jill, Cindy, Peter, Bernard and Kate, grandparents to 11 and great-grandparents of six. Bernie was remembered as a “a wonderful person, so loving and kind”.
- The College extends its deepest sympathy to the parents Ron and Betty Roberts, wife Louise and four young sons, and the many friends of Old Collegian and popular tradie Greg Roberts (SPC 1993-98, PY1999), who tragically died on November 30 following a workplace accident at St Leonards near Geelong, aged 37 years. Greg’s shattered family have spoken of a man who was loved by everyone who met him and “gave his all to his family”. Born and bred in Ballarat, Greg went to Mount Clear Primary and was a day student at St Patrick’s from Year 7 to Year 11. He represented the BPSA Junior Basketball team during his time at SPC. Greg became a builder and was well-known in Ballarat and most recently had moved to Ocean Grove t pursue his emerging work in the construction of designer homes on the Bellarine. He was regarded as a “high quality builder and great bloke”. To read more, click here and here
- We pass on our deepest sympathy to Matthew (SPC 1987-89) and Simon Heagney (SPC 1987-92) on the passing of their father Alan, aged 77, on November 30. Alan was a former chair of the board and chair of the SPC Foundation.
- We were saddened to hear of the passing of John Michael McLaughlin (SPC 1957) who passed away on November 28, 2019. John lived in Mitcham, Melbourne with his family for many years. He was a boarder for one year only at SPC in 1957 from Box Hill. He remained close with many of his classmates and referred to his time at SPC as the “best year of his life”. He was a regular attendee at many SPC events over the years. John was a member of the SPC athletics team and First XVIII Football team as well as the College’s St Vincent de Paul Society. As well as being a handy footballer and runner, John was always active and turned to cycling later in life. John enjoyed a long career of over 40 years with Holden – General Motors. He started as an export manager at Fishermen’s Bend in Melbourne, and was later promoted to Holden’s Fleet and Leasing Manager. His wife Trish recalled John enjoyed a lot of travel across the globe, with numerous trips to General Motors’ headquarters in Detroit, America, where he made firm, long-lasting friendships. John also travelled to the UK, Brunei, Africa and learnt the Indonesian language to assist with his regular work trips to Indonesia. John was also a gifted musician. In his younger days, he was the drummer in his own band, but this eventually ended due to his growing work commitments. He came back to music in later life, and he was invited to play in numerous bands. John was a great lover of jazz and became a long-standing member of the well-known Blue Tones band, part of the Victorian Jazz Archives, and played at many jazz festivals in later years including Port Fairy. John suffered an aneurysm and stroke in 2003, and after recovering, was invited back to Holden as a teacher and mentor, so much was his knowledge and skills respected in the company. John contracted multiple cancers in 2013 and underwent seven years of intensive nuclear therapy, which he largely kept to himself, through the Peter McCallum Cancer Centre and Unicorn Foundation. Trish remembered her husband as an optimist with a sense of humour, who was determined and “always looked forward and never back”. Trish said John lived a very full and rewarding life and they enjoyed 53 years of married life together. John was also adored by his three children, Michael, Francine and Dominic, and five grandchildren, Poppy Honey, Lachlan, Patrick, Clementine and Stella. Rest in peace.
- The College extends its deep sympathy to the family of James (Jim) Phillip Griffin (SPC 1948-50, PY1953), who passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Kelaston in Ballarat on November 13, aged 84 years. Jim was the loved husband of Clare (Mooney) of 57 years and loved father and father-in-law of Louise, Bernard and Vicki, Justin and Jodie, Cameron and Michelle. Jim was described as a “true gentleman and loyal friend to many”. As a young married man, Jim studied evenings and weekends to gain a degree in Accountancy, which led to him subsequently being elevated to assistant general manager at Dalgety & New Zealand Loans. From there he was appointed company secretary of the Ballarat Brewing Company and later became general manager, a position he held for many years, before finally being appointed managing director. Jim was a highly regarded committee member on the Catholic Development Fund Board for 33 years.
Jim was also a life member of the Burrumbeet Park and Windermere Racing as well as a foundation member, committee member and life member of the Ballarat Beer and Beef Club where he was “was held in the highest regard with great friendships and fellowship”.
- We also acknowledge the passing of Leslie Damian Roberts (SPC 1960-64, PY1965) on November 20 peacefully at Jack Lonsdale Lodge. Leslie was born on April 8, 1948 and was the loved son of Noela and Dudley Roberts, loved brother of Brenda, Kevin (SPC 1961-66) (dec) and Mary Anne (dec). He was the much loved husband of Yvonne for 48 years, loved father of Shane, Stephen and Ange, Melanie and Glenn, Kristy and Shane, and a treasured Pop to 11 grandchildren. Leslie was a day student at SPC and a talented runner, winning the U16 cross country championships in 1963 and U17 titles in 1964, as well as recording other placings during his school years.
- We extend our sympathy to the family of Old Collegian and former staff member William (Bill) Clohesy (SPC 1937-38) sadly passed away at Carmelite Residential Care, in Adelaide on October 29 aged 94 years. Bill was formerly of Ascot, Ballarat, Melbourne and Tasmania. Bill was a boarder from Ascot. He was an active participant during his time at SPC. He played footy and cricket, winning the Junior St Roch’s Competition Premiers in 1937 and the Junior Park Cricket Competition in 1938. He was also noted for his elocution, gaining two honourable mentions and a special mention at the South Street Competitions. The adjudicator praised Bill, noting he “was the possessor of a beautiful voice and wonderful stage presence”. In the 1938-39 College Annual, Bill also received a special distinction equal first in Arithmetic and came equal third in English. Bill was one of three boys, alongside Frank Killeen (from Essendon) and Frank Hannigan (Bendigo), to leave SPC to begin their training as Christian Brothers at Strathfield. Bill was brother of Bernard (SPC 1938 -42), uncle of William Clohesy (SPC 1962-67), great uncle of Anthony Geljon (SPC 1985-90) and Joshua Stewart (SPC 1996-2001) and was great, great uncle of current Year 7 student Henry Geljon. Bill began his teaching career as a Christian Brother having trained in Sydney. He taught in Ballarat for two years. He turned 18 as a young teacher. He taught in Melbourne and Hobart during the years 1947 to 1969. He was the first principal at Parade Preparatory College at Alphington and also first principal at St Virgil’s College, Austin’s Ferry Tasmania. He returned to St Patrick’s College in 1970 and taught Senior History and Middle School English. His passion for speaking was still evident with the 1970 College Annual giving an account of the Drama Night and “the verse speaking attache, led by Mr Clohesy, showed how St Pat’s gentlemen can speak”. Bill moved to Adelaide in 1971 with his family, wife Carmelita and their eight children, to take up a position as Coordinator of Primary Education. He retired in 1990 from the position of Director of Catholic Education in Adelaide. His last visit to Ballarat was in 2008 at the age of 83 to take part in the Christus Rex Pilgrimage. A three-day pilgrimage with singing and daily Mass walking through Victorian countryside from St Patrick’s Cathedral, Ballarat to Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo. His funeral Mass was offered at Holy Name Catholic Church, Adelaide.
- We were saddened to hear of the passing of Fr Pat Baker (SPC 1952-55), who died peacefully at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne on October 17 after a long illness, aged 81 years. Pat was a Columban Missionary Priest and spent many years in the Phillippines. Pat joined the missionary as his two brothers, Leo (SPC 1938-40) and Chris (SPC 1942-43) did. Leo sadly also passed away earlier this year. When Pat was home on leave, he keenly attended Old Boy dinners at the Harp of Erin Hotel in Kew. Patrick John Baker was born on March 26, 1938 in Cobden, the last of eight children in the family of John and Denise Baker.
He went to primary and secondary school at Cobden State School, Camperdown High School and boarded at St Patrick’s College. During his time at SPC, the 1955 College Annual notes Pat as an assisting prefect, member of the Holy Name Society executive, The Sodality of Our Blessed Lady, St Pater’s Junior Seminary and vice-president of the St Vincent de Paul Society. Pat also won Fr Payne’s Prize for Application and Industry and was part of the Nunan House premier basketball team. He finished in 1955 after four years as a SPC boarder, well grounded in English, French, Latin and his favourite subject, History. During his time at SPC, Pat decided to follow in the footsteps of his two brothers as a Columban missionary. From 1956 to 1962 Pat prepared for missionary priesthood at St Columban’s, Sassafras and t
hen at St Columban’s Wahroonga and Turramurra NSW. He was ordained by Archbishop Simonds at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne on July 21, 1962. For the next 10 years Pat was based for a time in almost every State and capital city in Australia carrying out Columban roles in mission promotion, fundraising, promoting Columban vocations, supplying in various parishes, assisting with The Far East magazine and hospital chaplaincy. In 1972 Pat finally received an appointment to the Philippines where he was sent to the diocese of Ozamis in Mindanao. On the very first day he arrived there, President Marcos declared martial law. That suppression of freedom and harsh oppression of the poorer people was to colour all Pat’s sharing the Good News of God being always with them in their fight for human rights. For the next 45 years he carried out a great variety of missionary work. After learning the Visayan language, Pat ministered in the parish of Plaridel and then for some years in Pagadian City which involved much relief work following a tsunami in 1976. He was later in charge of the war-torn parish of Dimataling and was appointed District Superior for some years. Then from 1990 Pat responded to a very different Society need by working in the Columban Formation, Overseas Training for seminarians and the Priest-Associate and Lay Mission Programs. He was involved in the formation and direction of Lay Missionaries, as well as of students coming to or going from the Phillippines for their First Mission Appointment (FMA). He was also called upon by bishops of all dioceses around the Phillippine Islands and as usual, wherever necessary he travelled confidently in a four-wheel drive or light motorbike – one that he could lift out of muddy traps to a firmer track. Pat’s final nine years were in Manila, mainly as an archivist. Pat was meticulous in taking notes and in filing and classifying all manner of documents and so he exercised this skill as the archivist for the Phillippines Region of the Columbans. He sorted through many thousands of old documents, accumulating over the past 90 years, from parishes where hundreds of Columbans had been posted. He has left a comprehensive collection of material now accessible in the Columban Centre in Singalong and in the archives in Ireland. Full commitment to Columban mission and also to all his associates and friends throughout his life both in Australia and in the Phillippines is the legacy that Pat has left us. Pat returned from the Phillippines to Essendon in July last year and deteriorating health due to cancer forced him to cancel his return flight to Manila. He continued chemotherapy treatment until his death. Pat’s funeral was held at St Columban’s in Essendon on October 22 with his brother Chris giving the eulogy. Pat and Leo are buried in the same grave in Melbourne General Cemetery.
- As mentioned above, Pat’s older brother, Fr Leo Baker (SPC 1938-40), sadly died in Colac on March 27, aged 96, after giving his life as a Columban Missionary Priest, mainly in Japan.
Leo spent three years at SPC, his family says, mainly to learn Latin. During those years at SPC, he showed amazing stamina, riding his old pushbike for hundreds of kilometres all over Victoria to visit family and friends. All this on an old bike with just a fixed sprocket, no gears, no brakes and often in blazing hot weather. After seven years of training at Essendon and in Corpus Christi College in Werribee, Leo was appointed to Korea. He was only a month or two in the Language School in Seoul when the Korean War broke out and he was advised to move south as quickly as he could. He was reported missing in action, presumed dead, but thankfully was able to get onto a boat going to Japan, where he spent the next 36 years. He kept in contact with some of the families from his very first mission. Leo was assigned in many other parishes around Japan, which were very happy years, but also difficult, mainly because he had to struggle with the language. Leo developed his skill as a photographer and took thousands of slides that he used for slide shows that he set up in schools and parishes in Australia during his home vacations. He also wrote lots of letters to friends all over the world as a way of encouraging their interest in supporting missionaries and received a touching reply from one Japanese lady who wrote “I used to think that God was far away, but through you He seems much closer”. Leo returned to Australia in 1986 and relished the opportunity to engage in all kinds of activities, without constraint or language or culture.
- We are saddened to hear of the passing of Eugene Thomas Hubert O’Donohue (SPC 1939-47), aged 91 years, on September 28. Eugene had been living in Toowoomba since 1980 after a lifetime of farming on Queensland’s Darling Downs. Eugene was a full-time boarder at St Patrick’s College from St Arnaud. He completed his matriculation, and was a member of the Sodality of Our Lady, and enjoyed a wide range of sports. In the College Annuals, it records that Eugene played school football and was a member of the Galvin senior football premiership team. He was in the Platoon No. 2 andwas part of the winning 1946 “Courier” Cup athletics team champions in the Ballarat Public Schools competition. He was in the 1st rowing crew and was a member of the Champion Crew who won the SPC Regatta in 1947 alongside Kevin Tobin (SPC 1945-47), Geoffrey Dooley (SPC 1946-49, PY1951), Dominic Pangrazio (SPC 1946-47) and Kevin Rowe (SPC 1945-49). Eugene also played First XI Cricket and was a talented bowler. He was named the College’s Shot Put Champion in both 1946 and 1947. His family remember Eugene looking forward to receiving the College’s Shamrock magazines and that he was always very proud to show the magazine to his family.
- The College was devastated by the news of the tragic passing of Old Collegian and inducted College Legend Danny Frawley (SPC 1976-79, PY1981). Danny, 56, was killed in a single-car crash near Gordon on September 9. We offer our deepest sympathy to Danny’s immediate family including Anita, daughters Chelsea, Danielle and Keeley, mother Shirley and his extended family and friends. Danny was a student at the College from 1976 to 1979 and was among the very first Old Collegians inducted as a Legend of the Old Collegians Association in 2002. Throughout his incredible football and media career Danny was forever a passionate, present and vocal advocate of St Patrick’s College and often offered his services to assist in our 1st XVIII program. The son of a potato farmer from Bungaree, he was affectionately nicknamed “Spud”. Danny was recruited to the AFL, making his debut with St Kilda in 1984 where he played 240 games, including 177 as a captain, and regarded as a hard-nosed footballer. He was the second longest-serving captain at St Kilda, a Saints Hall of Fame member and former Richmond coach. A flood of tributes from within the AFL community following his tragic death are testament to the positive impact he had on so many people. Danny never lost connection with his roots, and was heavily involved in the Ballarat community and sporting circles. He was inducted into the Ballarat Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. The Bungaree Football Club named their new pavilion in his honour in 2013, and Danny was on the board of Harness Racing Victoria, and was an advocate for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute as a patron for the Ballarat Cycle Classic. His fun and likeable character endeared him to the public as he became well-known through his media and TV show work, as a respected commentator and loved larrikin. His heart-on-his-sleeve attitude was ever present. In more recent years Danny worked as an advocate for men’s health and spoke candidly about his own battles with mental health, specifically depression. He has been remembered as “a great of the game and of the human spirit taken too soon”.
- The College sends its deepest sympathy to the family of former day student Cam Milne (SPC 1990-95), whose father Mark passed away suddenly on August 31.
- The College was saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Gerald (Ged) O’Sullivan (SPC 1990-93), who was killed in a car accident on his way home to his family from work on August 27 in Western Australia. Gerald was a boarder from Year 9-12 and was one of nine children from Pastoria, near Kyneton to Rita and Michael O’Sullivan. His dad Michael was a boarder at St Patrick’s (SPC 1939-43, PY1946), and it so followed that all five sons also boarded at SPC; Michael (SPC 1977-79 (PY1980), Patrick (SPC 1984-87), Bernard (SPC 1988-91), Gerald (SPC 1990-93) and Kevin (SPC 1992-95), all holding great memories of their time at SPC. During his time at school, Gerald played 2nds XVIII Football, winning the BPSA Premiership in 1993. He also rowed for three seasons, finishing in the seconds crew in 1993. Gerald also played table tennis in the A Grade side, his team affectionately known as the “SPC Swampmen”. Gerald was also part of the C Grade Premiership team. He was also a member of the Student Council, SOS Prayer Group and a Year 12 prize winner. His brother Kevin shared fond memories of his brother, who worked in the agricultural sector for some time and before deciding he would be better helping others. Gerald went back to study and then became a social worker. Known affectionately to many as “Ged”, he was “known for his love of family, and his support and generosity of anyone in need of his help and friendship”. He married Lauren in 2013 and together, they have a two-year-old son, Michael, and Lauren is expecting their second child, due in a few short weeks. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family by his SPC classmate Michael Gibcus (SPC 1987-92), which can be found at this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/gedd-o039sullivan-memoral-fund?pc=em_dn_contacts_r&rcid=r01-156742687742-751c07b1b3164a9a&member=&utm_medium=email&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_email%2Binvitesupporters Michael said of his good friend Ged “he was the first to raise his hand in support of anyone in need, and never asked or expected anything in return for his kindness. He was especially known for the annual sporting event that he organised for his 23 nieces and nephews (and any other children in the area who wanted to participate) every Christmas at Wye River)… Ged leaves this earth having made such a positive impression on so many and his loss will be keenly felt by all who knew him”.
- We pass on our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Brian Blood (SPC 1953-54, PY1957), who sadly passed away on August 8, surrounded by his loving family. Brian was a day student from Springbank and attended SPC from second year through to intermediate. His brother Leo (SPC 1950-51, PY1953) also attended SPC. Brian was the loving husband of Denise and Joan (dec), and father of Sean (SPC 1982-87) and Brian (SPC 1985-90). He was also a generous donor to the College particularly through the OCA Pavilion appeal and the Joan Blood Kitchen, in honour of his first wife. He was a devoted grandfather to 17.
- Patrick William Dwyer (SPC 1967-70) sadly passed away on July 23, aged 66 years. Pat worked as a criminal lawyer in Melbourne, providing legal services for over 40 years, operating his own criminal law firm. Pat was admitted to the legal profession in 1977 after graduating from the University of Melbourne in 1976 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce. Pat established his own practice in 1978 and maintained a continuous practice exclusively in criminal law advocacy. Throughout his career, Patrick provided comprehensive, strategic advice and representation to thousands of people facing a range of offences from minor traffic offences to complex, high profile acquittals such as the Russell Street Bombing and more recently the -‘Vampire Killing’ case. No matter the level of seriousness, Patrick worked tirelessly to defend the rights of his clients and achieve the best possible outcome in each case. Patrick was a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law, a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and a Victoria Legal Aid Approved Summary and Indictable Crime Practitioner. He was the dearly loved husband of Catriona (dec), adored father of Mietta and cherished grandfather of Harry and Oscar. Pat was the much loved son of Mary and Patrick (both dec) and loved brother and brother-in-law of Mary Anne RSM, Judith (dec), Peter and Judy (dec), Elizabeth and Max, Tony (SPC 1966-1970) and Wendy, Jacinta and John, Michael and Lyn; and a loved uncle. Pat, who was from Gordon, commenced his studies at St Patrick’s in Year 9 through to Year 12. Pat was a member of the Second XVIII Football Team and was a talented runner. The 1970 College Annual referred to the interschool competitions, where -Pat Dwyer ran the difficult 400m in his usual dogged fashion. The pace was gruelling and called for strength and determination. Although second Pat can be proud of his efforts. A third placing in the 200m Open and a fine last leg of the Relay topped off a strenuous day-. Pat was also named the outstanding athlete of the day in the 1970 BPSA Sports, where he recorded convincing wins in the Open 100 Yards, 200 Yards and 440 Yards. His 220 Yards time of 22.6 seconds equalled a record which had stood since 1933 and placed Pat as a top ranking athlete. Pat was awarded with a special trophy to remember the occasion.
- We pass on our condolences to the Murphy family following the sad passing of Maurice (Maurie) Robert Murphy, who died at Nazareth House on July 18, aged 86 years. Maurice was a well-known economics and accounting teacher at SPC between 1968-81, loved husband of Mary and father to Nick Murphy (SPC 1974-79) and grandfather to 22, including Austin (SPC 2004-09), Riley (SPC 2011-16), Simon (SPC 2002-07) and Tyler (SPC 2005-10). Maurie was remembered by his family for his -wit and intellect, being a true gentleman and above all else, caring for us all-.
- The College was saddened to hear of the passing of Vincent Salvatore Strangio (SPC 1946-1951) on July 3. Born on November 28, 1932, Vincent was a boarder from Daylesford and later Fairfield and he completed his matriculation in 1951. While at SPC, he was a member of the Sodality of Our Lady, and a member of the Galvin SPC Sports Champion House. Vincent was a much loved father of Laurence, and grandfather of three and is now reunited with his beloved Angelina. His family remember him as a respected pharmacist (in the Fairfield and Alphington suburbs of Melbourne), a -passionate pianist, keen model-train enthusiast, lifelong tinkerer and an irrepressible lover of desserts and everything coated in chocolate-.
- Thomas Vincent Cleary (SPC 1953-58) passed away peacefully on July 2, aged 77, sadly only a few weeks after his brother Basil Cleary (SPC 1954-57) died suddenly at home on June 3. Tom and Basil were both day students from Elaine. Tom completed his Leaving Certificate in 1958 and Basil completed his Intermediate Certificate in 1957. Tom was awarded a Junior Government Scholarship and the 1959 College Annual reports Tom entered the banking profession in Melbourne. Tom and Basil were the loved sons of Phonse and Vera (both dec) and brother of John (dec), Anne (dec), Patricia, Eileen (dec), Helen and Gregory (dec). Tom was the beloved husband and best friend of Dawn and a much loved father of Andrew, Vaughan, Louise and adored grandfather of six. Basil was also remembered as a wonderful uncle.
- We were notified of the sad passing of Harold Baensch, who was a music teacher at SPC and retired in 1993. Harold passed away on June 5, aged 86. Harold was the bandmaster of the College Band during his time at St Patrick’s, as well as an instrumental music teacher. His wife Margaret said Harold was -very proud of the boys he was involved with and their achievements in the various competitions they took part in-.
- We were notified of the sad passing of Barry John Casey (SPC 1960-62) on October 6 2018. Barry was a boarder from St Arnaud and began his studies at SPC in intermediate through to matriculation. Barry was a member of the 1st XVIII Football and was described in the 1962 College Annual as -a burly ruckman, who lacked a lot in pace, but gave some fine performances in the ruck and at centre half-forward-. Barry was also on the Umpires Panel and part of the SPC Tennis 1st IV BPS Premiers team.
- Alan James Basham (SPC 1960-62) sadly passed away on June 14. Alan was born on February 9, 1944 and was a day student at SPC, commencing in intermediate and completing his matriculation. He attended SPC alongside his brothers Ian (SPC 1958-64), Frank (SPC 1964-69), James (SPC 1967-73) and Gerard (SPC 1971-76). In his matric year, Alan was named the Senior Day Boy Prefect and honoured with matriculation awards, including the Father V Ryan Memorial Prize for Christian Doctrine, and awards in Science, Physics and Chemistry. Alan also won the College’s esteemed Purton Oratory Prize for public speaking in 1962, along with a rowing prize and was an under officer in cadets, being recognised for outstanding service on at least one occasion. Alan also played in the Second XVIII Football, usually in the ruck. Alan was the loving husband of Deirdre, father of Justin, Sean, Nicholas, Luke, Bridget and Brianna and father-in-law of Diana, Bei, Camille and James and a loved grandfather of 11 grandchildren.
- The College passes on our deepest sympathy to the family of Russell Mogg (SPC 1948-51, PY1953) who sadly passed away at St Vincents Hospital in Melbourne on June 7. Russell was a boarder at SPC from Pascoe Vale and he completed his intermediate year. Russell played in the 1st XVIII Football and was described in the 1951-52 College Annual -though a little slow, his play on the centre wing was reminiscent of Les’ style. A clever player, whose marking was particularly safe and his kicking always well directed-. Russell was also part of the 1951 BPS Football Champions team, Galvin Champion House for SPC Sports and a member of the 1st IV Tennis. Fellow Old Boy Noel Moore (SPC 1047-51) remembered Russell as a great friend. -When I was 10 years of age, I made friends with Russell Mogg on the train from Melbourne to Ballarat St Pat’s College and we have been friends ever since, 72 years-. Russell was married to Margaret and was a respected insurance broker during his working life. He was also remembered by members and friends of St Monica’s Tennis Club, Moonee Ponds, where Russell was club president for 20 years and described as -a friend and mentor to many, and his good humour and practical help will be sorely missed-.
- The College passes on its deepest condolences to the families of Peter John Stokie OAM (SPC 1957-63) who passed away suddenly at Bright on May 25, followed by the tragic passing of Peter’s nephew Paul Gerard Stokie (SPC 1989-94) on June 1.
- Peter sadly passed away after a short illness, aged 73, and was the loving husband of Anno (dec) and devoted father and father-in-law of David and Eliza. Peter was a boarder at SPC from Inverleigh and matriculated in 1963 He was president of the Sodality of Our Lady, president of Altar Society, Prefect of the Seminary, member of Debating Society, member of Holy Name Society and played in the Fourth XVIII. Peter has been remembered as a dedicated teacher, conservationist and much loved and active member of the Bright surrounding community. His friends described him as -ever cheerful and enthusiastic about life and always had an interesting conversation to share-. Peter was remembered locally for his commitment to the environment, his legacy of conservation and community action. He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2018 in recognition of his efforts monitoring Victorian malleefowl, and working towards the birds’ conservation. He was also the secretary of the Upper Ovens Valley Landcare Group and was responsible for organising many tree planting projects and a range of Landcare initiatives. Peter was also involved in other community groups including Bright’s U3A, the Croquet Club and community garden as well as Friends of Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park. He was also remembered fondly by the Grovedale Secondary College community, where he was a teacher and principal between 1994-2000 who -made a difference to our students and community-.
- Paul passed away suddenly on June 1 and was the beloved son of Anne and Brian (dec) and brother of Old Collegians Luke (SPC 1995-2000) and Matthew (SPC 1993-98). Paul was a day student from Melton.
- Kevin Patrick Shea (SPC 1950-54),- formerly of Ararat and Camberwell, aged 82 years, sadly passed away on April 25. Kevin was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs P Shea, of Ararat and came to SPC from Villa Maria where he spent eight years. He was Head Prefect, secretary of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Councillor of Our Lady’s Sodality in 1953-54, executive member of both the Holy Name Society and the Senior Literary and Debating Society, a member the Altar Society and Banker for the Propagation of the Faith. He won the Purton Oratory Final in 1954 and matriculated with second honours in Greek and Roman History. Kevin was keen on all sports, representing SPC in cricket for two years, as vice-captain and won fielding awards. Kevin was the full-forward of the 1st XVIII for three years and member of the Athletics team for four years, and U15 Champion in 1951, captain of Athletics House team in 1953-54. His younger brother Gerald (SPC 1956-59) also attended SPC. In later life, Kevin was remembered as former CFA chairman. He was the dearly beloved husband of Aileen, father and father-in-law of Angela, Michael, Rosie, Glenn, Chris, Peter and Natalie. Cherished grandfather and great grandfather to James, Kathleen, Redmond, Michaela, Thomas, Meg, Patrick, Mark, Elena, Kate and Harry.
- Kevin Francis Ryan (SPC 1948-52) sadly passed away peacefully on April 25, aged 84 years. He was brother to Brendan Ryan (SPC 1950-54) (dec), and a- a loving father of Sean, Mark, Lisa, Danny, Mick, Paul and Mel and their partners. And a much loved ‘Kev’ to Jesse, Brooke, Jake, Ruth, Hannah, Gemma, Alex, Viv, Ella, Tom, Reilly, Lily and MacKenzie. Kevin was a boarder and during his time at SPC, was part of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Sodality of our Lady, a member of the 2nd XVIII Football, and a member of the Nunan House Hill Competition premiers team in 1951.
- Old Collegian John McKinley (SPC 1952-53)- sadly passed away on May 8. John attended SPC in 1952-53 and family members remember that while at SPC, John enjoyed the wool classes he attended at the School of Mines.- John was an accomplished tradesman and could do anything with wood and metal. – So fastidious was he with his work, he helped out his children with their homes building kitchens and tiling bathrooms. John had a long career as a shearer in the Maryborough district until a hip injury curtailed this activity. Whilst shearing was his main activity, he maintained a well-run poultry farm with his wife Anne.- This was an interest area of John’s from the time he left school. He then went on to work with the Shire of Tullaroop before moving to Alice Springs where he worked for his sister Veronica and brother-in-law Pat.- John was a passionate Magpies fan in the AFL and a strong supporter of the Labor movement and trade unions. After retiring, he returned to live in Maryborough. – John is survived by Anne, his wife of over 50 years, and his children Bernard, Therese, Geraldine, Keiran, Vincent, Jacinta, Melissa and Dylan.
- The College extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Reginald John Kenealy (SPC 1941-46) who passed away on April 25. This follows the sad passing of Reg’s brother Frank (SPC 1944-48) in January this year. In the eulogy shared at Reg’s funeral, mourners learnt Reg and his brother Frank attended primary school in Port Fairy and were then sent to secondary school at St Patrick’s College, where they boarded during the war years. Reg matriculated from SPC in 1946 as Prefect, a member of the Sodality, St Vincent de Paul Society, committee member of the Senior Literary and Debating Society, and was awarded the Fr Payne prize for Singing. He was also in the 2nd XVIII football team, and the Cadets. Reg wasn’t a gifted footballer like his father and brother Frank, so he focused more on cricket. Reg also became a talented violinist and received notoriety for his fiddling and debating skills. During the eulogy, read by his third son Damian, Damian recalled that -St Pat’s obviously had a strong impact on Dad. The number of times I heard Dad say when he came across a particular surname -Oh, I went to school at Ballarat with a such-in-such- or we’d walk into a place in the remote back blocks of nowhere where someone would walk up to Dad and recognize him -“ another old St Pat’s boy.- The connection and friendships with many SPC Old Boys culminated in an impromptu rendition of the first and last line of the College War Cry as the cortege passed through the guard of honour following Reg’s funeral service at Marysville. Post war, Reg’s family moved back to Melbourne and Reg received a cadetship at Dunlop while studying Applied Chemistry at RMIT before going on to complete a Management and Accounting certification. Reg and his brother Frank both played in the original SPC OCA Amateurs Football team in the 50s, which was coached by their father Tom. In the late 50s, Reg joined the Samaritan Light Opera and met his future wife, Mary. They were married at St Anthony’s Glenhuntly in 1960 by Fr Bill Dwyer, a former SPC student and Mary’s cousin. Reg and Mary had four children, Anthony, Kevin, Damian and Mary-Louise and lived in Carnegie and then Vermont, where Reg and Mary’s community spirit came to life. Reg was very much involved in the inaugural years of St Timothy’s Parish Forest Hill and was elected as the President of the first Parish Council which oversaw the building of a new church. Reg’s band, the Forest Hill Billies, would perform at church functions and senior citizens lunches. Reg and Mary loved and enjoyed their children, travel, entertaining and gardening. In the mid-70s, the family moved to Forest Hill, where Reg started his own accounting practice as well as securing cleaning contract, and later invested in Photography Studies College, which saw the establishment of the largest privately owned photographic teaching institution in the southern hemisphere and still exists today. By the early 80s, Reg and Mary were spending their weekends at Marysville, and later moved there, transforming a vacant block into a garden which would ultimately become part of the Australian Open Scheme. The couple were heavily involved in the Marysville Garden Club, the Wirrander Festival and the Marysville and District Historic Society. Reg and Mary shared a deep interest in history and Reg was very well-respected in his role as president and treasurer of the Marysville Historical Society. The couple were devastated when the township’s historical treasures were destroyed in the Black Saturday bushfire, as well as their home, which they rebuilt over the course of two years. Their efforts for the historical society were well documented with a Google search of -‘Reg and Mary Kenealy’, post Black Saturday, revealing page after page of articles, interviews and even TV shows with Australian Story, Q & A, etc. Reg and Mary shared 59 years of wedded bliss and Reg has been fondly remembered by a fellow Old Boy and dear mate as -a man of many parts-. Rest in peace.
- The College was saddened to learn of the passing of Marion Goss, mother of Paul, Stephen, Michael (SPC 1981-82 and current staff), Philip (SPC 1980-81) (dec), Simon (SPC 1985-87) and Matthew (SPC 1985-90) on April 8. Marion was Matron at SPC between 1990-93, and her son Michael described her time working at St Patrick’s as a -wonderful experience for her-.
- The College send its condolences to the family of William (Bill) Bernard Walsh (SPC 1953-58), who died suddenly on March 24 following a short illness, aged 77 years. Bill was a wonderful man and a loyal supporter of St Patrick’s College. Bill was a day student from Cape Clear. He completed Matriculation in 1958, and went on to do teacher training. Bill was well known for his community involvement, particularly with the Ballarat Sportsmen’s Club, where he was a member for 22 years. He is remembered as a very popular and valued member and friend, who rarely missed a dinner.
- Frank Segrave (SPC 1962-67) sadly died on March 1, 2019. Frank was at SPC until 1967, when he finished his Matriculation. Frank was mentioned in the 1968 College Annual after leaving as becoming -‘A clerk with the Union Fidelity Trustee Company Ballarat. Also studying an Induction course on Trustee work’.
- The College was notified that William (Bill) Eugene Gunther (SPC 1948-51),- sadly passed away on December 21, 2018 and his funeral was held at St Justin’s Catholic Parish in Wheelers Hill on December 28. One of the celebrants officiating at his service was Old Collegian Fr Gerard Dowling OAM (SPC 1949-50). Bill was a boarder from Casterton. Bill was at St Patrick’s from 1948 (Year 9) to 1951 when he completed his Matriculation. He was a Prefect, a member of the Sodality, the Altar Society, basketball and athletics team.
- The College was also notified of the passing of- John Robert Gregory (SPC 1946-49, PY1950) who sadly died on December 17 2018, aged 86. John was one of many Gregory children to attend St Patrick’s, his own father Robert Augustus attended in the early 1900s as well as his brothers Frank, Noel and Bill. John’s son daughter Johnene recounted that her father recalled quite fondly of his time at SPC. -While he was not much of an academic and he did not enjoy the long and often cold trips back home to his parents and siblings in Pyramid Hill, he did enjoy the sports program and did very well. I think he repeated his Leaving Certificate as he failed one or a few subjects in the previous attempt. He was given the option of attending a public school closer to home but he chose to return to St Patrick’s the following year, his main reason being he felt he could make the 1st XI in Cricket & the 1st XVIII in Football and he did.- After finishing at St Patrick’s, John returned to Pyramid Hill helping his father in the family business of operating a general store, delivering fuel supplies and of course being the local Undertaker/Funeral Director, which he continued to do right up to late 2017. He was also a farmer, rouse-about and sporting goods supplier. His love of sports continued throughout the years continuing to play football, cricket, golf, and in later years, bowls. He was also very community-minded, volunteering his time to many organisations and community groups, both in Pyramid Hill and later in Bendigo where he retired to. John married and had one child, daughter Johnene, and later a son in law and two grandchildren joined the family. He was very proud of his family and always interested in what his many siblings, nieces and nephews were up to (he was one of eight surviving children, two other brothers died in infancy). -Dad returned to Ballarat in the late 1980s or early 1990s, I believe this might have been for a reunion or possibly a centenary celebration. I remember there was a new dormitory accommodation wing being constructed or just finishing. Dad proudly walked me around the campus pointing out particular points of interest to him and recalling many stories. He used to thoroughly enjoy the annual Old Boys dinners that occurred in October in Bendigo, and, in later years when driving was difficult for him I used to go with him. The smiles and laughter from all as they reminisced and called funny memories was very enjoyable to see.-
- John Francis (Frank) Kenealy (SPC 1944-48) sadly passed away on January 24 at Blackburn. Frank was a handy sports man during his time at SPC, a member of the 1st XVIII football, and was awarded a sports prize for the -‘Best First Year’ football player. He was affectionately nicknamed -Chicken- to his mates. He was also a well-regarded batsman in the 1st XI cricket team, and was in the tennis 2nds team. Frank was the son of Patrick and Eileen, brother to Reg, uncle to Anthony and Kevin, Damien and Helen, Mary-Lou, Brenden, Daniel, Trent and Ethan.
- The College was saddened to learn of the passing of John Crowe (py 1964-69) who died on January 11.- John was a day boy at SPC. He was a prefect, completing his Matriculation in 1969. He was in the Senior Brass Band and played the Euphonium. In the College Annual, it noted -He changed to this instrument this year. One of the best in the Band-. John was also in the Cadets as the Band Drum Major. He was awarded the 3 Cadet Brigade Award for the Most Proficient Leader. He was in the 2nds XVIII football team, and the 2nds 4 tennis team.
- The College sends its deepest sympathy to the family on the passing of John Palamara (SPC 1943-44, PY1946),- on January 5, aged 90. John Samuel Palamara was a boarder and went to school with the late and great former leading racing administrator David Bourke OBE. John’s son Steven recalls that his father always looked back on his time at SPC with great fondness, arrived as a boarder from Nhill, and was in the Premier XVIII football team in the Oval Competition and may have even played the drums during his time at SPC. John was born in Fitzroy and moved to Nhill as his parents were told that he had breathing difficulties and needed a dry warm climate. The family set up life there and ran a mixed business. Steven remembers his father as -a character who always liked a good laugh-. After life at SPC, John went on to operate a small business and completed an apprenticeship in hairdressing and was a barber for 48 years. John was also a member of the VRC and VATC/MRC (now Melbourne Racing Club) for 40 years and enjoyed taking people to and introducing them to the races. Many times, Steven recalls, we would take different family and friends to a day during Spring carnival or a picnic race meet on New Year’s Day at Pakenham. Steven says -the family owe much of their life to Dad’s hard work and dedication and he will be greatly missed-.
- The College sends its deepest sympathy to Old Collegian and former staff member Peter McDonald (SPC 1962-64) and wife Catherine, whose daughter Ruth, married to former English cricket captain Andrew Strauss, passed away on December 29 2018, aged 46 years, after battling a rare form of lung cancer.
- We were notified of the sad passing of John James Fitzpatrick (SPC 1951-57, PY1960) on August 11, 2018. Frank was a day student who started at SPC in Grade 3 in 1951 and left at the end of 1957 when he had completed Year 9. He was in Cadets in 1957.
- We pass on our deepest sympathy to the Brady family on the passing of James (Jim) Brady (SPC 1948, PY1949) on July 29, last year, aged 89, in Minyip. Jim was the father of current staff member Peter Brady (current staff) and grandfather to Liam Brady (SPC 1997-2002). Jim was a boarder from Minyip and studied at SPC for one year in 1948. Jim was a member of the 1sts XVIII Football and in the Athletics Team.
- We were saddened to learn of the passing of Francis (Frank) Denahy (SPC 1953-1959), who died on May 9, 2018. Frank completed his Matriculation in 1959, and was also a Prefect of St Patrick’s College. Frank was in the Sodality of Our Lady, 3rds rowing crew, and the 1st XVIII football. He was a day boy from Ballarat East. His good friend and fellow classmate Michael McMurray, who was a boarder from 1954-57, and also at Newman with Frank, provided the life story on Frank and indicated he -is sadly missed-.
- Frank was born in Benalla, where he spent the early part of his life, attending St Joseph’s Primary until the start of Grade 3, when the family moved to Ballarat.
- Frank attended St Aloysius to complete his primary education and then attended St Patrick’s College for his secondary years. Frank’s scholastic abilities were surprisingly good, given his free and easy nature, but his results over the years indicated a tertiary education, which he decided to follow. He was very active on the sporting scene at St Patrick’s, as a rower and mainly as strong and dependable member of the 1st XVIII. He enrolled in a Science degree at Melbourne University, with Optometry the goal, and was accepted as a resident at Newman College. Academically, he had a very successful degree course and graduation, providing the basis of skills he demonstrated later in practice. Whilst at Newman, he again excelled in rowing and football, and enjoyed a very active social life with the many friends he made there, those friendships continuing till the end of his life.Frank’s circle of friends continued to grow through his active involvement in his profession of Optometry, which he took up in Geelong, commencing his own practice a few years after graduation, and in sport, football, rowing, tennis, cycling and finally golf. He was widely known and appreciated in the business and professional community in Geelong, and after establishing himself, created a thriving practice, making many lifelong friends as well as caring professionally for them, his client list extending to the children and grandchildren of his patients. He continued in his Practice until only a short time before his death.He was a member of the Geelong and Anglesea Golf Clubs for many years and no doubt a valued user of the 19th hole of each.His sharp humour punctured any inflated ego, any inclination to pomposity in any form. He was proud of his ancestry, coming fairly obviously from lrish stock. A rebellious streak, not scornful of authority, rather, wary of it. An intelligent mind, capable of unspinning the spin applied by regulators, media reports and journalism.Frank married Faye Faulkner, whose brothers attended St Patrick’s, the girls of the family attending Mary’s Mount, as it then was. Frank and Faye started married life in Geelong, firstly in a flat, then in Nantes Street and then to Barrabool House, which was rather a shell when he acquired it. He spent all spare time doing the required renovations, displaying skills none of us knew he had, including him, I think. His family came along, the four of them, Monique, Paula, Sally and John, the absolute apples of his eyes. He was a dedicated Dad, fiercely loyal, protective and supportive of all of them. The whole family suffered with the untimely death of Monique, in tragic and awful circumstances.He was equally supportive of his grandchildren, who loved and respected their funny Grandpa. Frank’s rapid and final illness prevented a more leisurely retirement which he had in mind, and much looked forward to. He was a keen gardener and liked keeping chooks, and no doubt looked forward to many hours doing so, but it was not to be. Frank died at home with his family about him. Vale Frank.
- We are deeply saddened by the passing of David Neumann Mackey- (SPC 1995-97- in early November. Dave was a popular member of boarding and came from Corowa in country NSW. He started in Year 10 and finished Year 12 in- 1997. Dave was Captain of the 1st XI Hockey team, and also a Hockey BPSA Representative. He was a member of Society of St Vincent de Paul, and a Year 12 Special Minister of the Eucharist.
- The College community is mourning the loss of one of its most passionate volunteers following the death of Frank Nolan. Frank, 68, was chairman of the College Board from 2004-08 and was also a long-time member of the Building Committee. He died on October 29 after a four-year battle with oesophageal cancer. It was not only St Patrick’s which benefitted from Frank’s community spirit over the years. He served on various committees at St Aloysius Parish and was chair on the Ballarat Diocesan Pastoral Council. He was also actively involved in local sporting organisations including the Buninyong Golf Club, the Ballarat Sportsmen’s Club, the Ballarat Royal Tennis Club and the Melbourne Cricket Club. Frank was the son of Old Collegian Des (SPC 1936-38) and the father of Paul (SPC 1991-93) and Patrick (SPC 2002-07). He later moved to Ballarat with his family in 1991 and quickly fell in love with the city and its people.
- We were notified of the sad passing of Brian Moran (SPC 1991-94, PY1996) who passed away 12 months ago from an aggressive form of cancer. Brian celebrated his 40th birthday the month before his passing. His father, Pat (SPC 1954-57), also an Old Collegian, sadly died two months later.
- Dr Leo Michael Grogan (SPC 1942-46), better known as Mick, sadly passed away peacefully on October 20 at the Regis Aged Care facility in Blackburn. Mick was a border along with his younger brothers John (SPC 1942-50) (now deceased) and Brian OAM (SPC 1949-53). His son Leo Grogan said his father had many good memories of his time at SPC. His son-in-law Russell McKenzie also boarded at St Patrick’s during the 1980s.
- We were saddened to hear of the passing of Paul Joseph Kierce (SPC 194