Passing of respected former staff member Br John De Bock

September 3, 2020

Br John De Bock.

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 will be held on Tuesday, September 8 at 10am and will be livestreamed to the general public due to the current COVID-19 restrictions. To access the webcast, visit Tobin Brothers Funerals website and search for Br De Bock in the Funeral Notices/webcast search bar.