Peter Vincent Bergin (SPC 1953-62)

May 20, 2022

Peter Bergin, pictured fourth from left, was a teacher as well as an Old Collegian of St Patrick’s College. This photograph was published in the 1989 College Annual.

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Old Collegian and former staff member Peter Vincent Bergin (SPC 1953-62) who passed away recently.
Peter was a day student, starting as a junior (grade three) in 1953. He completed nine years of schooling at St Patrick’s College, completing his matriculation in 1962.
Peter went to Teachers’ College in Ballarat and taught Humanities at the School of Mines in Ballarat before eventually returning as a teacher at SPC, teaching for nearly a decade from 1988 through to 1997.
Peter taught many subjects across the years at SPC, including English, politics, geography, media studies, religious education and he was a Year 7 & 8 and Second XVIII football coach.
Peter was also the coordinator of table tennis and was an inspirational coach by all accounts based on this excerpt, see below, from the Table Tennis report in the 1993 College Annual.

Peter Bergin’s “inspirational coaching” of table tennis was noted in the 1992 College Annual.

Old Collegians, who were taught by Peter, have described him as a fine educator who really cared about his students.
Peter was the dearly loved and loving husband of Marg, adored dad of Anthony (SPC 1987-92) and Wendy, Alison and Justin. Peter was the loved son of George (dec) and Lucy (dec) and dearly loved brother, friend and uncle of Margaret, Wal (dec), Mark, Jayne, Luke and Xavier.

Peter Bergin, pictured in his matriculation class photograph, in the 1962 College Annual.

Peter Bergin was part of the Galvin House premiership winning team in the Senior Shed Competition in 1958.

Peter Bergin’s connection with SPC began in 1953 when Peter started school in grade three.