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author: Lorrie Liston

22 Feb


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:



  • The College was devastated by the news of the tragic passing of Old Collegian and inducted College Legend Danny Frawley (SPC 1976-79, PY1981), pictured above. 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 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 1948-56), who died on October 2, aged 78. Paul was a day student at SPC, from 1948 (grade 3) to 1956 (Leaving Certificate, equivalent to Year 11). He played cricket throughout his years at St Patrick’s, in the 1st XI cricket 1955-56. In 1953 (Year 8) he performed a solo, ‘The Ringer of The Chimes’ at the Jubilee Concert. Paul was very good academically, and was awarded a scholastic prize each year. Paul was the loved son of Jim and Nita Kierce (both dec), brother of Lynette (dec) and dearly loved husband of Diane, much loved father of Michael (dec), Sean, David and Matthew and grandfather of Nicholas, Otto, Scout, Grace and Leila. Paul worked for many years in Ballarat as a well respected orthopeadic surgeon and in his retiring years worked in Portland.

  • Old Collegian Frank Drum (SPC 1945-48, PY1949) passed away peacefully on October 5, aged 87. Frank attended SPC from Year 8 in 1945 to 1948 (equivalent to Year 11) and was a boarder from Minyip. Frank was extremely good at sports at SPC, he was in the 1st XVIII football team from 1946 (aged 15) to 1948 when he was Team Captain. There was a lovely mention of his football talent in the 1946 College Annual: – “Frank Drum: the youngest member of the team and one of our outstanding defenders. Played on the half back flank. Cool and determined. A sure mark and a good kick”. Frank competed in the in-house athletics carnival, as well as representing SPC against other Ballarat and Melbourne schools. He was strong in hurdles, shot putt, relays and high jump. He received various sports awards each year – in 1948 he won a football trophy for ‘Best Back player’, sports prize for Senior Athletics, and was the College Boxing Champion, and was in the 2nds tennis team. Frank was also a good student, and was promoted during 1946 from Intermediate A (equivalent to Year 8) to Intermediate B (equivalent to Year 9). He undertook the Wool Classing class in 1948. He left at the end of 1948 having completed Leaving Certificate, and went on to play footy for Richmond. Frank only played two games with Richmond against Hawthorn and St Kilda in Rounds 8 and 9 of 1950 before returning to the country. He played footy with Minyip between 1948-57, winning the premiership in 1952 and 1954, winning the Leading Goalkicker award in 1952 with 45 goals, and he played in the League Representative Team. Frank later became involved in farming politics at a young age and subsequently retired from football. He is survived by his wife Margaret and family.

  • The College extends its deepest sympathy to Old Collegian Ashley Sims (SPC 1989-94) whose mother Kathy passed away on September 25.

  • Former boarder Dr Ambrose Crowe (SPC 1961-63) sadly passed away on September 6. Ambrose was a boarder from Goroke. In 1961 when he was in Intermediate B (Year 10) he was part of the Chorus in the school production of Iolanthe. In 1963 was in the 2nds 11 Cricket team.

  • We were notified of the passing of Donald Black (SPC 1948) who died earlier this year, by his son Tim. Donald was only at SPC for one year, 1948, when he did his Matriculation. His marks were excellent and he was awarded a University Free Place. He was in the 1st XVIII football team and the 1st XI cricket team.

  • The College was saddened to learn of the death of College Legend and Australian history expert Professor John Neylon Molony (SPC 1942-45). John was a boarder at SPC and in 1945 he played in the 1st XVIII football team, and ‘played a steady game as ruck, but injury kept him out of many games’. John died on September 16 at the age of 91. He was renowned as one of the nation's great historians and, through his employment at Australia National University, was Head of the Department of History and held the Manning Clark Chair of Australian History from 1982 until his retirement from the University in 1990. On his retirement, the ANU appointed John as an Emeritus Professor of History. Following his retirement from the ANU in 1990, he was appointed to the Keith Cameron Professorship of Australian History at University College Dublin. He held this position until 1993. In 1993, on his return to Australia, John was appointed to the Foundation Research Professorship in History at the Australian Catholic University in Canberra. He left the University in July 1996. John was an esteemed author, writing books on topics as diverse as Ned Kelly, the Eureka Stockade, Australia's Bicentennial and Captain James Cook. John was also a priest of the Ballarat diocese, a renowned and brilliant public speaker and campaigner for the involvement of lay people in the life of the church. He was College Chaplain in the late 1950s and left the priesthood and married Denise and the couple had four children.

  • We were saddened to hear of the passing of Old Collegian Fr John Van Suylen (SPC 1951-56) on August 5 at the Caritas Christi Hospice at Kew. Fr Van Suylen’s Funeral Mass was held at St Simon the Apostle Church in Rowville on August 13 with the new Archbishop of Melbourne, Archbishop Peter Comensoli as the principal celebrant. John was born on December 10, 1939 and was a boarder at SPC from the Melbourne suburb of McKinnon. He completed his Matric in 1956. He was a member of the St Vincent de Paul Society, and the Sodality of Mary. John was also in the school athletics team. He was ordained as a priest at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne on July 24, 1965. Fr Van Suylen served as an assistant priest at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne; Our Lady of Good Counsel, Deepdene; St Paul’s, Bentleigh; Sacred Heart, St Albans; Holy Family, Mount Waverley; St Mark’s, Fawkner and St Joseph’s, Boronia. He served as a parish priest at St Luke’s, Wantirna and served as a chaplain at the RAAF. In retirement, he served at St John’s, Mitcham, St James, Vermont and St Simon’s, Rowville.

  • We were saddened to hear Lawrence (Laurie) Edward Nolen (SPC 1942-46, PY1947) passed away peacefully in the Royal Canberra Hospital on September 2. He was born on October 3, 1927 and was a boarder from Tocumwal NSW, completing his Leaving Certificate in 1946. He was in the Sodality of Our Lady, Cadets and the College Rifle Team. He was a keen athletics competitor for Treacy House and in the school athletics team. Laurie was also a noted debator. His son Philip recalled Laurie enjoyed receiving the College’s Shamrock magazine and sometimes saw names from his era. “He was my Dad and he would often tell my brother and myself some great stories of his boarding school days. I felt it was appropriate to let you know of his passing as it was obvious to me that the institution of St Pat’s was an integral part of Dad’s life.”

  • The College was extremely proud to witness a delegation of Year 11 students solemnly provide a guard of honour at the funeral of current parent and long-time canteen volunteer Mark Allan on August 28. Mark was the much-loved father of Old Collegians Jarryd (SPC 2004-09), Brayden (SPC 2006-11), Tate (SPC 2012-16) and Connor (current Year 11) who died after a battle with mental illness. The family requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Chris Yeung Fund, which operates under the banner of the SPC Foundation, and aims to support families where a father is suffering mental illness. More information on the Chris Yeung Fund can be found at the following link: http://www.stpats.vic.edu.au/en/community/chris-yeung-fund/

  • The College has been saddened to learn of the passing of esteemed Old Collegian Graeme Charles Sampieri (SPC 1952-55) who died on August 24 after a short illness. Graeme was an elite sportsman in his time at SPC, attending from Year 9 as a boarder from the Melbourne suburb of Kew. He was a fabulous athlete, winner of the 100 yards in Athletics and a member of the record-breaking open relay team in the 440 yards relay in the 1955 BPS Sports. Graeme was also a member of 1st XVIII football, named as one of the best players, and also a member of 1st XI cricket team. Graeme went on to make his name as one of Australia’s most famous and respected bookmakers and served more than 50 years on Australian racetracks.  Graeme was universally regarded as one of the finest and fairest exponents of his trade and was highly respected for his generous and caring nature.

  • Leo Bernard Ryan (SPC 1958-1964) sadly passed away on August 17 at Warrnambool, aged 72. Leo was a day student from Millbrook. In his peer year, he was House Captain for Galvin House, was a prefect, was in the senior debating team, and the athletics team excelling in cross country. He was a very clever student, winning a Junior Government Scholarship in 1959, and then a Senior Government Scholarship in 1963. Leo was also awarded an academic prize in 1964 for Pure Maths and Chemistry. Leo was the dearly loved husband of Val and loved father of Joanne, Martin, Phillip and their families.

  • The College extends its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Dunnstown footballer Lachlan Poulter (SPC 2006-09, PY2010), who tragically died on July 28 after collapsing during a Central Highlands Football League reserves clash against Learmonth, and could not be revived. In moving tributes, Lachlan was described as “the most popular bloke in the (football) club”. Lachlan was a day student at SPC from Buninyong. Lachlan started in Year 8 in 2006 and finished at the end of Year 11 in 2009 to pursue an apprenticeship.

  • Our sympathy goes to the Coppock family with the passing of Margaret Anne Coppock, (nee Rinaldi), aged 86 years, who died at Nazareth House on July 23 after a short illness. Margaret was the mother of Marcus Coppock (SPC 1967-71, PY1972), Gavin (SPC 1970-74, PY1975) and Brendan (SPC 1972-76, PY1977) who attend St Patrick's College from 1967. She was the grandmother of Leigh Thornton (SPC 2008-13) and the aunt of Michael Rinaldi (SPC 1968, PY1971) as well as the O'Brien brothers – Andrew (SPC 1973-78), Simon (SPC 1976-80, PY1981) and Christopher (SPC 1980-85) who were involved in the College's rowing history. Margaret was the College choir pianist in the 1970s and assisted in the tuck shop.

  • We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Michael Murrihy (SPC 1957-61) who sadly passed away on July 10. Michael was a boarder from Bacchus Marsh, and attended SPC along with his brother James (SPC 1959-1963). In his peer year he completed Matriculation, was Vice Captain of the College, was a prefect, President of the Holy Name Society and of Our Lady’s Sodality. He was also Executive of the Senior Literary & Debating Society, member of the 1st XVIII football team from 1959-1961, and was Captain in 1961, and Best & Fairest also in 1961. Michael was a member of the 1st XI cricket team from 1959-1961, was Captain in 1961, and had the highest batting average in 1961. He was a Junior Government Scholarship winner. Michael was married to Jan Murrihy, the College’s only female College Legend. Their sons all went to SPC – Damian (SPC 1985-1990), Kieran (SPC 1986-1991), Daniel (SPC 1991-1996), and Sean (SPC 2000-2005).

  • Old Collegian Bernard (Bernie) Moynahan (SPC 1978-1982, PY1983) died on July 10 while holidaying in Russia watching the World Cup Soccer. A devoted Socceroos fan, Bernie fell ill with pneumonia and went into a coma after flying into Russia. Bernie left SPC at the end of Form 5 in 1982. During his time at St Patrick’s Bernie was in the 2nd XI cricket team, and Form V football team. Bernie resided in Melbourne and was a lifetime member of the Hoppers Crossing Cricket Club. He was a club delegate for the Turf Cricket Association club delegate for more than two decades and volunteered as the Hoppers Crossing vice-president, where he played almost 400 matches. He was described as a sports fanatic who followed the Socceroos and other Aussie sports teams around the world. A friend posted a heartfelt tribute on the Victorian Turf Cricket Association Facebook page, describing Bernie as a club legend. “An association stalwart who loved the chance to have a chat and beer with anyone who would pull up a chair” the friend said. “Bernie’s passion in life was to follow our Aussie sporting heroes, be they cricket, soccer or tennis, around the world. We can at least take solace that Bernie died doing again what he loved, cheering on the Aussies. Having known Bernie for 20-odd years, I can attest that he was a gentleman, a lovable rogue, he possessed a natural humour behind a quiet exterior”.

  • The College was saddened to learn of the passing of John Copping who was the former President of the St Patrick’s Basketball Club and Vice President of St Patrick’s Cathedral. John died peacefully in his sleep on July 6. He was a dedicated volunteer who worked tirelessly for both the school and the parish.

  • The College is saddened to learn of the passing of former Boarding staff member Judith Mary Torpy (nee Allan) on July 9. Judith worked at the College in the 1970s when Matron Anne Phelan was presiding over the Boarding House and Br Nangle was Principal. Judith had six sons, with husband Basil Torpy, who is now aged 90. The couple’s second son Phillip James Torpy attended St Patrick's from 1975-79. Their eldest child, Kevin Torpy and wife Sharon had three sons, who also attended the College – Mark (SPC 2003-08), Luke (SPC 2005-10) and James, who is presently completing Year 12. Judith’s nephews Neville Torpy and Chris Torpy were also students at the College in the 1960s and Chris later became a College Groundsman for some time in the 1970-80s. Judith’s funeral was held at St Patrick's Cathedral on July 17.  

  • Kevin Raphael (SPC 1942-44) died at Mitcham on March 19 at Mitcham, aged 88 years. Kevin came to St Patrick’s College from Chinkapook in the Mallee and completed his Intermediate B (equivalent to Year 10). He was a noted music student, was in the U15s XVIII football team, and in the 1st IV tennis team. Two of his brothers also boarded there, George (SPC 1934-36) and Peter (SPC 1940-44). They were talented sportsmen – Kevin and Peter combined to win all rubbers in the BPS Tennis Competition in 1944, without dropping a set. Kevin’s talent was well evident, with this mention in the 1944 College Annual: “Kevin Raphael combined with his brother Peter in the doubles, and shows great promise for the future. His best shots came from his forehand, and his over-head smash. He did very well in getting to the final of the McNeil Cup”. The Raphael family moved to Essendon and Kevin transferred to St Kevin’s College in 1945 where he played football against St Patrick’s – to the chagrin of Br O’Malley. Kevin was in retail businesses for much of his working life. He married Melissa and they had six beautiful daughters. In the 70’s the young family moved to Mildura where they operated a family store in Deakin Avenue – becoming a force in the local community. They moved to Adelaide, where Kevin managed a hotel and then back to Melbourne. Tragedy struck the family when Melissa died from cancer. But Kevin and the family grew through these difficult times. Kevin was very proud of his daughters - and grandchildren and great-grandchild. A man of strong and constant love, a wonderfully compassionate spiritual person, Kevin loved playing cards and the occasional flutter on the pokies. Always joined the Parish choir, and constantly on the look-out for people in need. A long-term member of the Mitcham Conference of St Vincent de Paul Society, Kevin was constantly on the move helping others and forming strong friendships. He will be greatly missed. Kevin ‘s Funeral Mass was held at St John’s Church Mitcham on March 26. Kevin was the convenor of the Harp Lunch Club where St Patrick’s College Old Boys from the WWII years have been meeting for the last few decades.

  • John Murphy (SPC 1948-50, PY1953) died on February 10. John completed his Intermediate year at SPC in 1950 (equivalent to Year 9) and was in the Young Farmers Club, and the U15s football team.

  • We have been notified of the passing of Don Durant (SPC 1943-46, PY1947).

  • We offer our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Matthew Jon Ruff (SPC 2000-01, PY2001) who died on June 13. Matt was a boarder from Kyneton and a member of 2nd XVIII football and 2nd XI cricket teams, as well as the CHISSA Championship swimming team.

  • We have been notified that Raymond Stanley Livingston (SPC 1938-39) has sadly passed away and we extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. Raymond was a boarder from Swan Hill and in the matriculation Honours Class in 1939 as well as the Senior Literary and Debating Society. He was a member of the 1st XI cricket team and the College Annual records “Ray Livingston was one of the batting strength and is a dashing batsman who scores freely. He is an excellent field and was a reliable member throughout the season”. He was also a member of the 1st XVIII football team, played as second rover and again described as “a very sure player who gave of his best throughout the season”. The College Annual of 1940 noted that Raymond was at Melb University doing Commerce, and that he had taken up a Commonwealth Public Service place.

  • Old Collegian and Christian Brother, Br John Walsh (SPC 1958-60, PY1963) sadly died on May 26 in Sydney after a recent illness. Br Walsh was considered a generous and committed Brother who quietly served the communities he was involved in within Australia, especially in Tardun and Bindoon where he laboured selflessly for many years. Br Walsh was the second child of Bill and Winifred Walsh and had three brothers and a sister. The family moved from St Arnaud to a farm at Warrenheip and they rode their bikes to school. John was a day student at SPC and entered the order in 1961, working at Christian Brother farms at Bundoora, Tardun, Bindoon and Mulgoa for over 50 years. He was well respected by the students, often taking the boys on the tractor and trailer, trips to the Pilbara, Murchison and Kimberley areas and later, to the Perth Royal Show. He is remembered as a “thoughtful, hardworking, well read and a reliable faithful friend and brother”.

  • We send our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Daniel Burger (SPC 1983-89), who sadly died, aged 47, on May 28 in Proserpine Hospital, Queensland after a struggle of several years with bowel cancer. Daniel was a day student from Dean. Commencing his studies at St Patrick’s in 1983, Dan completed his Year 12 studies in 1989. He was involved in cadets, was in the concert band, and the brass band (played the tuba), and was a good painter. Dan's dream was to become an officer in the Australian Army after his time in cadets at SPC. He attended Duntroon for over a year before having to be discharged due to suffering Chrohn's disease. After this he took on various jobs in Ballarat for a time before eventually settling in Airlie Beach, Queensland where he became a primary teacher. He married (since separated) and is survived by his daughter Saskia.

  • We were saddened to hear Old Collegian Peter Maginness (py 1970) died on July 31 last year after a 10-year battle with kidney cancer. Peter was at SPC for only one year, 1969, when he did his Leaving Certificate. He was a boarder from Ouyen and during his time at SPC, was involved in the St Vincent de Paul Society, was an umpire for the 2nd XVIII football team, and was a member of the Athletics team, and in the Senior Cricket.

  • We send our deepest sympathy to Mark Browning (SPC 1993-98) and families on the passing of his father Gary Browning on May 5.

  • Much loved Christian Brother Peter Cole, died on April 13 in Melbourne. Br Cole spent two stints teaching at St Patrick’s College, 1973-75 and 1987-88. He came across many more of our Old Boys through their involvement with Edmund Rice Camps and immersion experiences in East Africa, the region where he spent his last 30 years. Like so many Christian Brothers, Peter always maintained a keen interest in SPC and in more recent times would make the occasional visit whilst on home leave and speak to some of our classes about his work in East Africa. In a fitting tribute by Frank O’Shea, another inspiring Christian Brother who has also spent much of his life in East Africa (and uncle to Nic Joosten (SPC 1991-95, PY1996 and current staff), Frank’s tribute gives valuable insight into the Edmund Rice spirituality that Br Cole brought to his relationships and the Christian brotherhood. Frank wrote that Br Cole was well respected in his East African community and a “great loss of life that he brought to any gathering of brothers, people, youth and his bedraggled slum”. He had an “incredible memory for every person, event, word spoken or things written” and was “a prayerful man, an avid reader of spiritual books and material on brotherhood, inspirational people, enculturation and politics gave him a sound understanding of his world”.

  • We are saddened to learn Bryan Conway (SPC 1943-47) died on February 25, aged 88. Bryan, who lived at Aspendale by the sea, was nicknamed “Action “ and described as “one-of-a-kind”, who had a quirky sense of humour, enjoyed being controversial and a good argument. Bryan was a boarder from Hopetoun and the eldest of four to parents Ann and Harry. He enjoyed a happy childhood and loved roaming in the country-area environment as a boy, swimming in the lakes around the town. Even at this young age, he had a deep appreciation of the environment and the important need for its conservation and for the preservation of the wildlife for the benefit of future generations. St Patrick’s College became Bryan’s home away from home in the early 1940s during the war years. He was later joined by his brother Peter, and Bryan excelled at school, winning many scholarships in his matriculation year with Honours in Chemistry and Mathematics and English. He is remembered by his peers as being “very intelligent, achieving outstanding results against some tough competition and being left out of the original nominations”. His array of awards included a Donovan Bursary, a (Melbourne) University Free Place, a Veterinary Science Scholarship and the much-coveted Newman Scholarship, where he started a science course before eventually graduating in Dental Science. In his final year at SPC Bryan played cricket for McCarthy House, and this team won the senior park premiership. Bryan opened four dental surgeries in the Melbourne suburbs, including Coburg and Footscray, in the 1950s and 1960s and met Ronda in 1962, marking the beginning of a special partnership which lasted over 55 years. Bryan also pursued an interest in music composition, composing and recording several LP recordings of Australian material, mainly highlighting his deep love of heritage and of country. When Bryan retired, he used his smart business skills in the stock exchange and property area. His interest in the environment and animals also saw him work tirelessly for some 40 years to accumulate 1500 acres of land incorporating six kilometres of magnificent coastal scenery along the Great Ocean Road at Moonlight Head and he spent many hours collecting heritage artefacts for display. In 2009 he transferred the property to the Catholic Church for the setting up of a St Francis of Assis Environment Education Project to ensure preservation of this important landscape, its wildlife and heritage buildings. The preservation project meant everything to Bryan and is his legacy. In 1997, Bryan fell ill with Lymphoma and underwent treatment, which was successful. From 2014 until his passing, Bryan coped with further chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy treatments with great determination. His friends remember Bryan as an extremely honest, unselfish and generous man, who will be sorely missed. We send his lifetime lovely partner Ronda our deepest sympathy on her sad loss.

  • We were notified of Kevin L Forster’s (SPC 1960-61, PY1962) death on September 27, 2014. We pass on our deepest condolences to his wife Glenda.

  • Mick Kershaw (SPC 1969-1970, PY 1974) died on February 17, 2018 after a battle with cancer. Mick was a day student from Ballarat and finished Form 2 (Year 8) in 1970.

  • William (Bill) Madden SPC 1939-43) died on February 2, 2018. Bill was a weekly boarder from Cardigan and enjoyed his long association with St Patrick’s, if only from a distance in more recent years, says his son Bernie. Bill left St Patrick’s at the end of 1942 and enjoyed a long and fruitful life. He trained for the priesthood at Corpus Christi College for three years before deciding early in third year that he did not truly have a vocation to the priesthood. He continued until the end of third year before leaving to return to the family farm at Windermere at the end of 1945. He worked on the farm for a time in return for board and lodgings before taking up more full-time casual work with his brother-in-law in his chaff mill and farming contracting business. In 1947, Bill commenced teacher training and taught in primary schools until his retirement at the age of 60 in 1984. He taught in many rural schools until settling in Geelong and spending the next 17 years teaching and as Principal in Geelong and Melbourne Western suburb schools. Bill’s beloved wife, Noreen, died in 2010 and he spent the rest of his life caring for himself at home for all but the last three months of his life when he was cared for by his family. Dad was a true family man and leaves behind five children, 18 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren (with two more on the way). He was also much loved by his many nephews and nieces, most of whom grew up in the Ballarat area. Many of his nephews and their own sons have also attended SPC.

  • Lawrence (Lance) Michael Vagg (SPC 1960-62, PY 1963) passed away on February 2, 2018. Lance boarded at St Patrick’s in the early 1960s, as did his brothers Robert Neil and Neil Francis (deceased).  Lance was a boarder from Echuca and completed his Leaving certificate in 1963.

  • Daryl Thomas Keating (SPC 1962-65, PY1967) was a boarder from Werneth, a place south-west of Ballarat. He completed Form IV and was in the U15s football team in 1964, and played House cricket in 1965. Daryl died on February 2, 2018, aged 68 and was the loved father of Dione, Warwick, Chad and Karl and an adored grandfather to nine grandchildren.

  • We pass on our deepest condolences to the family, including wife Maria, of Noel Richardson (SPC 1957-59, PY1960), who died on January 21, 2018 after suffering a major stroke on January 11. Noel was a boarder from Wodonga and was the older brother of College Legend Barry Richardson (SPC 1961-64). Noel completed his Leaving certificate in 1959. In that year, he was also a member of Our Lady’s Sodality, and the St Vincent de Paul Society. He was also in the First XI cricket team, the 2nd XVIII football team, and the 2nds tennis. 

  • We extend our condolences to the family of John Moon (SPC 1955-1960) who passed away peacefully at home in Lara on December 27, 2017. John was a boarder from Ivanhoe. He finished his Matric in 1960, and was a member of the Sodality of Our Lady as well as the St Vincent de Paul Society. He was in the 1st XI cricket team where it was noted that, 'John Moon's accurate spin attack was a highlight of the bowling'. He was in the 2nd XVIII, and a member of the Crocc country team which were BPS winners in 1960. His father Walter Moon was also a St Patrick's boy (SPC 1937-1938), as was his brother David (SPC 1959-1964).

  • The College is mourning the passing of its oldest known Captain and Dux Des Nolan (SPC 1936-38), who died peacefully on February 2 at the age of 95. Des was the 1938 College Captain and Dux and was a generous supporter of and donor to the College in recent years. Des was the eldest of five children to Constance and William Nolan. His early life was spent in Red Cliffs, near Mildura and Donald and he went to live with his grandparents in Thornbury due to his academic ability, achieving a number of scholarships, which brought him to St Patrick’s in 1936. Des was in the Honours Class in 1938, and was Dux and Captain of the College in 1938. After leaving school, Des started his working life as a clerk with the Navy Department in St Kilda Road, Melbourne in the very early stages of World War II. Following the war, he went to work with the Bureau of Meteorology and became the Principal Technical Officer for Weather Services, specialising in Aviation Forecasting. He worked in various places, including the head office in Melbourne, Essendon and Tullamarine Airports as well as stints in Perth, Cocos Islands and at the RAAF bases in both Butterworth (in Malaysia) and Point Cook. Some of Des’ fondest memories from these working times were of briefing the pilots of Air Force 1 for the President of the USA (LBJ), and having dinner with the Queen Mother at a dinner hosted by the Prime Minister of that time Robert Menzies in Cocos.He also had very fond memories of times in cricket teams playing against the NZ All Blacks in Cocos and when he represented the RAAF against a representative team from Shell Oil in Borneo. At his funeral, Des’ son Bernard recounted his father’s story of playing against a Malaysian Army team and their captain, an Indian called Manjit Singh, berating his batting partner for calling for a run when the ball was hit near Des.Apparently the comment to his batting partner was, ‘don’t you ever call me for a run when you hit it near that man, he may be white, but he can still throw a ball’. Sport was central to Des’ life and he was an A Grade sportsman in multiple sports (football, cricket, tennis, squash, table tennis, golf and lawn bowls) and that during his life he played in eight grand finals, winning six of them. Des married Mary (now deceased) in Northcote in 1948 and the couple celebrated close to 70 years of wedded bliss. Together, they had five children and today have 15 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Des and Mary retired to Echuca in later years and spent some of the happiest years of their life there, before returning to Donald for an even quieter, simpler life revolving around family visits, iced coffees, listening to Mozart and watching Roger Federer and the Cats. May you now rest in peace.


  • Fr Kevin Flanagan (1942-44) passed away on December 21, 2017. Kevin was a boarder from Tocumwal, NSW, a member of the Sodality of Our Lady and completed his Leaving certificate at SPC. Father Flanagan, aged 89, had only retired after 54 years as a priest in July and was one of Albury’s most well-known and respected citizens. He was the parish priest at Sacred Heart in North Albury for 40 years and had a strong connection to the nearby St Anne’s Primary School. Father Flanagan studied to be a priest in Sydney with his first posting upon being ordained by Bishop Francis Henschke at Narrandera followed by stints at Wagga and time abroad in the southern highlands of New Guinea as a missionary. A plaque commemorating his 50 years as a priest was erected at St Anne’s with the school also bestowing the honour of naming one of its houses after Father Flanagan. He was regarded for having “the exceptional ability to relate to everyone, regardless of age, faith, background, gender and culture”. Outside of the church, Father Flanagan was a sports lover with his many and varied interests including being a boxer when he attended St Patrick’s College. He later developed a passion for canoeing which was used to good effect when he was recuperating from his heart attack more than a decade ago. Father Flanagan also followed Melbourne in the AFL, enjoyed watching cricket and loved a day at the races. To read more about Father Flanagan’s legacy, click on http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5135277/a-life-well-lived-has-ended-for-father-kevin-flanagan/

  • William Patrick Ward (1954-56) died on November 24, 2017. William was a boarder from Casterton and Prefect in 1956. William was also a Member of Sodality of Our Lady, and the Holy Name Society, and in the 3rds rowing crew. In 1955 was noted as The Most Improved Dancer!

  • James “Jim” Michael Shaw (SPC 1944-49) sadly passed away on November 21, 2017 and he was farewelled at a requiem mass at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hawthorn. Jim was born on November 21, 1931 and was the loved son of Oswald and Lysle (both dec). During his time at SPC, he was a recipient of a scholastic prize (fourth prize) in his Matric year, passing all his subjects with Honours. He was Dux of Alliance Francaise and finalist in the Purton Oratory. He was winner of Middleweight wrestling, played in the 2nd XVIII football team, and 1st XI cricket. Jim also won a scholarship to Newman College, Melbourne University. Jim spent his career as a surgeon, with 10 years notably as the medical doctor for the Hawthorn Football Club in the late 1960s and early 70s. He was the beloved husband of Gabrielle and together they were married for a mighty 57 years. They have two sons, Michael and Paul and Jim was a proud grandfather to Campbell, Eloise, James, Harry and Zara. Jim regularly caught up with his former classmates at the bi-monthly Old Boy lunches at the Malvernvale Hotel. He took over as co-ordinator after John Grogan’s (SPC 1942-50) passing and often caught up with the likes of Gerry Walsh, Kerry Joyce, John Martin, Michael Martin and Fr Gerard Dowling among others. Jim was a loyal Old Collegian of St Patrick’s College, attended the funerals of many Old Collegians of the College and was considered a "thorough gentleman". May you now rest in peace Jim. 

  • Brian Crowe (SPC 1942-45) sadly died on November 3, 2017 and during his time at SPC,  completed his Leaving Certificate, was in the Sodality of Our Lady, came second in the 200 yards house athletics and was in the 2nd XVIII Football team. In 1945, he was in the 1st XVIII Football team, coached by Br O’Malley. Brian’s wife Jeanne remembers that many years later, Brian had the opportunity to introduce the couple’s son Darrien, who was playing in the St Kevin’s football side against SPC at the time circa 1971, to Br O’Malley. Jeanne recalled Brian had “many happy memories of St Patrick’s” and had a successful career as a primary school teacher and principal.

  • Peter Vincent Mulcahy (SPC 1943, PY1947) died on August 13, 2017 and was the beloved husband of Patricia, father of Michael, Tony, Fiona and Danni and grandfather of seven. Peter was a boarder at St Patrick’s from the Melbourne suburb of Caulfield, and he completed Second Year (Year 8) in 1943. He was a music student, and played football in the Junior Shed competition.

  • The College was saddened to learn that our oldest living Old Collegian Neave Young (SPC 1935-36) passed away on his 100th birthday on May 13, 2017. Neave came to St Patrick’s as a boarder from Melbourne, and completed his Matriculation in 1936 with Honours. He was a tremendous athlete, being a member of the athletics Champion House Team, the ‘Olympians’ in 1936. He was noted as the ‘best middle distance (runner) who has represented St Pat’s for some years. He was unlucky in not breaking at least one College record. He was runner-up in the Open Cup and competed for SPC in the Victorian Catholic Secondary Schools Sports held at the MCG on October 24, 1936, where he ran fifth in the 880 yards event. He was in the 1st XVIII football team, and the 1sts Rowing Crew competing in the HoL in 1936. He married in 1942, and served in the AIF in WWII. He lived in White Cliffs and was a devoted teacher, becoming Principal of the Warrong State School in 1957. One of Neave’s students, who spoke at his funeral, said he believed the values that Neave instilled in his pupils at Warrong were derived in part from his wartime experiences and enhanced his teaching skills, to get the best out of his pupils and to encourage them to want to learn. He was a devoted teacher and an early environmentalist, as a member of the Gould League of Bird Lovers. When Neave retired from teaching in 1977, together with his wife Sheila, he travelled around outback Australia visiting gem fields and living his passion for geology. Neave was featured in an ABC video last year as a 99-year-old reflecting on his time in WWII, which can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/212515141.   

  • We pass on our deepest condolences to brothers Leon Nolan (SPC 1985-87), Gerard (SPC 1981) and Shane (SPC 1977-78) on the passing of their mother Carmel Joan (Joan) on November 23. We understand there were a few humorous stories from her sons’ SPC boarding days recalled at her funeral at Manangatang.

  • We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of Leo Patrick McMahon (SPC 1949-52), pictured above, who sadly passed away on October 29. Leo was born on February 2, 1935 in Ararat and was the second of three sons of the late Francis and Margaret McMahon. The family moved to Ballarat when Leo was three months old to help his recently widowed grandfather. Leos’ early childhood in Ballarat coincided with World War II and his family recalled stories of many “pretend” adventures in the backyard with his older brother Kevin. He also enjoyed a strong bond with his younger brother Brian and the three brothers all relocated to Queensland later in life, where they continued to support each other. Leo completed his schooling and Matriculation at SPC and was a member of the 1st XVIII Football. It was noted in the College Annual that “Leo displayed dash and skill as a rover…”. Leo was known to those who knew him as a “quiet achiever”. After completing high school, his aptitude for maths and love of the outdoors led Leo to the profession of Land Surveying. As a licensed surveyor, Leo was successful in both private practice and government work. Upon his retirement, he was awarded the honour Emeritus from his profession, to retain his professional title. His family were greatly impressed, as they also were that he could magnify the moon and various astronomical points with a Surveyor’s Theodolite. Leo met his wife Colleen during his professional studies and together, they enjoyed 56 years of marriage, six children and eight grandchildren. His children remember their early childhood on acreage outside Ballarat spent with their father lighting a bonfire with their cousins and toasting marshmellows, drinking billy tea and enjoying the enormous array of stars. In 1980, the family relocated to Brisbane. At the age of 40, Leo took up running to help alleviate asthma. As a practical person who would make a decision and then follow it through with commitment and enthusiasm, by the age of 60 Leo had undertaken his first half marathon and at the age of 74, he ran his last. He continued to run up to 5km until about eight months before his passing. He was also actively involved with St Vincent de Paul, the Blind Eye Ministries and taking Holy Communion to the sick as well as support and kinship he found with the Men Alive Ministry. He was a loving and active grandfather and also a keen sports fan, especially when the AFL and Test cricket were involved. He is survived by his wife Colleen and six children Francis, Therese, William, Catherine, Josephine and Genevieve and eight grandchildren.

  • Fr Paul Victor Mercovich (1961) died in Alice Springs on September 22 while on holidays, aged 80. The Funeral Mass for Fr Paul was held in St Arnaud with the Rite of Committal held at the Ararat Cemetery. A Vigil Mass was celebrated at St Joseph’s Charlton. Paul was at SPC in 1961 where he completed his Matriculation, and was also on the staff as an assistant teacher. After finishing his Matriculation, he went on to the Corpus Christi College at Werribee to start studying for the priesthood. He was at Werribee from 1962-65. In 1966 he went to Glen Waverley where he commenced his theology training. He was ordained for the Diocese of Ballarat at Ararat on May 31 1969. He served as an Assistant Priest in the Parishes of Koroit, Camperdown and Colac. He was appointed Administrator of the Parish of Birregurra, followed by appointments in Inglewood and Ballarat. Fr Paul has served as the Parish Priest of the Parishes of Ouyen, Charlton, Ballarat East and St Arnaud. He also served as Chair of the Diocesan Education Board.

  • We were saddened to learn of the sudden passing of William ‘Bill’ Vincent O’Loughlin (SPC 1971) on November 7. Bill was a staff member at Damascus College in Ballarat for the past six years and educated thousands of young men and women in Catholic education and other settings over his career. Bill attended SPC for only one year where he completed Form 1. He was a clever student and came second overall in his class. He was also in the SPC cross country team, being a member of the U13s where he came second in the interschool cross country race.

  • We learnt of the passing of Adam Mark Slomczewski (SPC 1983-86) who died on December 11. Adam was born in Poland in February 1971 and he and his brother Peter (SPC 1985-86) attended SPC as day boys. Adam was in the tennis team, competed in the Lap of the Lake and was in the junior soccer team, as well as U14 basketball. He was also quite artistic and had one of his watercolours featured in the College Annual of 1986. He left SPC at the end of Form 4 in 1986.

  • The College was saddened to hear the news of the recent death of Rebecca Norton, who attended St Patrick’s in the mid-1950s when she was known as Robert Norton (SPC 1954-56). While at SPC, Robert was a brilliant student claiming the prize for Dux in 1954, and being awarded a Junior Government Scholarship in 1955. In his Leaving year, Robert was placed third in the year and again awarded a scholastic prize. In 1956 Robert was admitted into the second year of the Diploma of Civil Engineering at the School of Mines (SMB) Ballarat, also enrolling in the Diploma of Mining Engineering as well. Robert excelled in both streams of engineering and was awarded the inaugural Josephine Brelaz Prize for Science in 1957 and again in 1960. With diplomas in both Civil and Mining Engineering from SMB, Robert was admitted to the third year of the Bachelor of Engineering degree at Melbourne University in 1961, where he lived on campus at Newman College. He completed his degree at the end of 1962. Robert’s work experience took him to Mount Isa Mines, which is where his professional career began. Over the next decade, Robert worked in the mining industry throughout Australia and PNG. It was in 1973 that Robert made the difficult decision to undergo gender realignment surgery. Now known as Rebecca, she applied to have her industry qualifications, including her Mine Managers’ tickets changed to her new name. Industry organisations such as the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Institute of Engineers (new Engineers Australia) acknowledged her changed gender status, and she was elevated to Fellowship level. Rebecca’s stellar career in a traditionally male-dominated sector continued to advance, and she became the Chair of the Minerals Industry Consultants Association, a founding member of the Victorian Chamber of Mines, and was a member of a number of other industry organisations.As a consulting engineer, Rebecca worked around the world including for the United Nations Development Program in Kashmir, Pakistan, PNG and Burma, as well as across Australia. Rebecca returned to Ballarat in 2005, remaining keenly interested in world and local events. She rekindled her love of Latin through the U3A, and was a regular attendee of the Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute Friday night Twilight Talks, until 2012 when failing health prevented her from attending. She spent the last five years in Kirralee Nursing Home and despite her health and sight deteriorating over that time, she still enjoyed her 3pm champagne ritual, until August 16 this year when Rebecca rejected the bottle brought to her. The following morning, she slipped into a coma and gently passed away.

  • The College has been notified that Tom McGill (SPC 1948-52) has died. Tom was a boarder at SPC from Benalla. He was a keen sportsman, and played in the 1st XI cricket team in 1951 where he exhibited ‘excellent form’. He was described as a ‘useful left-hand bowler possessing the natural spin of most left-handers. A safe field who is capable of making some useful runs’. He was also in the 1st XVIII football team of 1951 and 1952. He was ‘a devastating player on his day. His marking, kicking and left hand turn were of great service on the half-forward flank’. Tom was also awarded his Grade III Wool Classing certificate in 1952.

  • Fr Peter Taffe (SPC 1951-55) died on September 2, aged 79. Peter was a day student, a member of the cadets and the Sodality of our Lady, and completed his Matriculation in 1955. Ordained a priest in Ballarat on July 27, 1963, Fr Peter served in the parishes of the Diocese as an Assistant Priest before being appointed Administrator of the Parish of Coleraine, later serving as Parish Priest in the parishes of Edenhope, Robinvale, Birchip and Apollo Bay. Fr Peter retired from active parish ministry in 1997. Bishop Paul conducted the funeral Mass for Fr Peter in St Patrick’s Cathedral Ballarat on September 8, with the homily given by Fr Adrian McInerney.

  • The College was saddened to learn of the passing of Steven Molloy (SPC 1987-88) after an extended illness on September 19. Steven Gerard Molloy was a day student from Waubra and completed his Year 12 in 1988 and was a recipient of an academic prize for religious education. We pass on our deepest sympathy to Steven’s family and friends.

  • David Vaughan (SPC 1943-45, PY 1948) sadly passed away on September 8, aged 90. David followed in his father’s footsteps (Gerald William Vaughan), boarding at SPC with his three brothers Peter, Joseph and Arthur, from Wentworth, NSW. David excelled at athletics at SPC and was the winner in the 220 yards handicap (Open) race in the College athletics. He completed his Intermediate A year in 1945 and went on to become an accountant, working with Shell Oil in Melbourne for many years until his retirement. David was married to Julia (dec) and is survived by his three children, Marie, Divina and Gerrard and two grandchildren.  

  • The College was saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Ryan James Engel (SPC 2008-13), who was a day student from Mt Helen. Ryan and his good friend were killed when their ute hit a tree in Soldiers Hill, Ballarat on August 25. Ryan had just finished a roofing apprenticeship and was working as a roof tiler. He also played basketball with Phoenix and footballer for Mt Clear and Buninyong clubs, and loved fishing. We extend our sympathy to both families.

  • Ian Gerrard Slockwitch (SPC 1950-60), sadly died on August 23, aged 75 years. Ian or “Slock” as he was known to many, was a boarder from Mt Martha, coming to SPC at the tender age of nine years old. Ian was captain of the Athletics team, and won a sports prize for sprints. He was in the 1st crew in rowing and in the 2nds team in tennis. Ian played in the 1st XVIII football team from 1956-1960 and in 1960 was awarded the Best & Fairest (Br O’Malley Cup) and was a prefect in his peer year. A gifted sportsman, Ian’s football skills came to the notice of Richmond Football Club scouts, where he played three seasons after leaving school, including several games with the seniors. This started his lifelong support for his beloved Tigers. Through his association with Richmond, Ian gained a cadetship with BP and through their support graduated with a Commerce degree at Melbourne University, which included Psychology. After discovering he didn’t really enjoy the corporate life, Ian decided to embark on a teaching career and gained his secondary teachers certificate, and later, Post Graduate Diploma of Social Studies and a Master of Education. He gained selection to the Commonwealth Department of Air to teach secondary students at the RAAF School of Education in Penang, Malaysia, on secondment from the Victorian Education Department. On his return to Australia, Ian pioneered new approaches to personal family and educational counselling and he became a qualified counselling psychologist. His reputation was soon realised and he was headhunted by the Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education (now the campus of Deakin University), and was progressively promoted to Director of Student Services. The last 20 years of his working life in Warrnambool, focussed on student counselling, and were clearly his happiest and most prodigious. In his eulogy, Ian was described as “someone whom you could share just about anything and he would offer you wise counsel and support”. He is survived by his devoted wife  Rosemary (whom Ian met at school through SPC’s relationship with Mary’s Mount), his children Tony, Marie-Claire (dec) and Nicole and four grandchildren.

  • We have been notified that Paul White (SPC 1934-40) passed away on December 6, 2016. Paul was living in the UK and is survived by his wife Winifred.

  • We have been notified that Brian Murray (SPC 1952-54, PY1955) has died. Brian completed his Leaving Certificate in 1954. He was a boarder from Warracknabeal, and was in the 2nds rowing crew.

  • Brian Francis Gibson AM (SPC 1949-1953) was a boarder at St Patrick’s, completing his Matriculation year in 1953. Even before receiving his results, he was awarded a full residential scholarship at the Creswick School of Forestry, where he commenced in 1954. Brian had a long career in forestry, ultimately moving to Tasmania where he was involved in the timber industry. His career in business included being Managing Director of Australian Newsprint Mills Ltd from 1980 to 1983, and Chair of what was then the Hydro-Electric Commission of Tasmania from 1989 to 1993. He was also National President of the forest industry peak representative body, the National Association of Forest Industries, from 1987 to 1991. Brian was elected to the Australian Senate at the 1993 election, as a member of the Liberal Party of Australia representing the state of Tasmania. After resigning from parliament, Gibson was a board member of Concept Systems, a payroll and human resources management company; Director of the Tasmanian Advisory Board of the AMP Society; Australian Government nominated director to the Board of the Australian Stem Cell Centre; director of the Australian National Maritime Museum, and several other companies. Brian Gibson was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 1988, and received the Centenary Medal in 2000. St Patrick’s College was saddened to hear that Brian died from cancer on August 15, aged 80 years, at his home in Tasmania.

  • We have been notified that Tom Cantwell (SPC 1937-38), of Birchip, died on November 12, 2016 aged 92.

  • Brother Brendan C Delahunt passed away on August 6. Br Delahunt taught for four years at SPC between 1960 and 1963. During his time, he was coach of the athletics team, senior cricket and senior football teams. He also coached the boys in public speaking, and was the senior economics master. He was transferred to CBC St Kilda in 1964. He is survived by his beloved wife Helen (nee Walsh) of 50 years and children, James (dec), Julie and Abdul and Moira and Anthony. He was a grandfather to five. Resting peacefully.

  • Paul Callahan (SPC 1947-52) passed away peacefully on August 3 at Numurkah surrounded by his loved ones after a wonderful life. Paul was the youngest son of James and Iris and loved brother of Don, Jack, Carmel, Basil, Frank (all dec), Peter and Maureen; he and his brothers Don, Jack, Basil, Frank and Peter all attended SPC. Paul boarded in his final year in order to focus more fully on his studies. No doubt his proudest moment at SPC was winning the McNeil Cup for tennis in 1951. He was the winner of the Dr Podger Cup, Open Champion in 1952 (Tennis) and was in the 1st Tennis team. In the 2nd XI cricket team, the College Annuals noted he was “… A very forceful stroke-maker, whose form, however, was rather patchy. His fielding improved tremendously during the season”.  Paul continued to play competitive tennis in local competitions and tournaments until he was 80. Countless boys and girls in and around Numurkah were coached by Paul. He was also a mad Collingwood supporter, keen golfer and faithful member of the St Johns Numurkah parish. Paul was married to Avis (dec) and a loved father and father-in-law to Kevin and Mary-Ellen, Sharon and Clive, Susan and Paul, Ditty and Paul and Joanne, and grandpa to 12 grandchildren. He passed away, aged 82. Paul was always a proud Old Collegian who attended various reunions in recent years in Shepparton and Ballarat.

  • We send our deepest sympathy to Laurie Larmer (SPC 1935-40) and his family on the sad passing of his wife Pauline on August 4.

  • Cori Wayne Stewart (SPC 2006-10, PY2011) died suddenly, aged 25, on July 3. His funeral was held at St Patrick’s College’s Chapel on July 17 with SPC Year 9 students forming a guard of honour. Cori was a day student from Haddon and left to pursue an apprenticeship. The College extends its deepest condolences to Cori’s family, including brother Jaeden (SPC 2007-2010, PY2012). Cori is survived by his wife Kelly and children Riley, Lilly and CJ.

  • The College was also recently notified of the death of Andrew Hartwig (SPC 2004,PY2009), who died peacefully at home on December 15, 2016, aged 25.

  • The College was recently notified that Graham Sheahan (SPC 1949-50, PY1952) sadly died in September 2016. The College Annuals record that Graham was only at SPC for two years, but was keen on football and participating in the St Roch’s comp in 1949.

  • Patrick Crudden (SPC 1942-1946) died peacefully surrounded by family on June 26 at Acacia House, Shepparton, aged 88. Pat was a boarder from Tynong in Gippsland, in the 1st XI cricket team in 1946, cadets, 2nd XVIII football, and was a boxer. Pat was the son of Linda Reidy and Patrick Crudden senior and was born in Drouin on February 17 1929. He was a priest and director of Catholic Education for the Melbourne Archiocese, tech teacher, husband of Bev Hennessy, step-father to her children Verna, Julie and Chris, loved and loving grandfather and great-grandfather, for 12 years assistant director of Melbourne’s Council of Adult Education, and after they moved to Shepparton, president of the Goulburn Valley writers’ group, prominent voice in the Shepparton Interfaith Network on issues such as mental health and refugees, and in recent times, the convenor of Socrates Café of the local University of the Third Age. Pat was an active member of St Brendan’s parish, Shepparton, attending Mass there until a short time before his death. His friends described Pat as “a great Australian and a radical Christian” and he will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.

  • Fr James (Jim) Michael Kierce (SPC 1944) died on April 6 at St Joseph’s Nursing Home in Northcote. Fr James attended SPC for only one year in 1944, which is when he did his Matriculation. He was a boarder from the town of Garfield in Gippsland; a member of the Sodality of Our Lady; and part of the 1st XVIII football team, where he was described as ‘a dashing player, at times brilliant’. Jim was ordained a priest at St Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne on July 27 1952. After a temporary appointment at Dalyston, Fr Kierce was appointed Assistant Priest at the parishes of West Preston and St Patrick’s Cathedral. He was then appointed the first Parish Priest of Altona North in 1965. In 1971 he was appointed Parish Priest of St Mary’s Greensborough until his retirement as Pastor Emeritus in 2003. He retired to Our Lady of the Way, Kingsbury where he continued to enjoy his priestly ministry and participation in parish life. Fr Jim was proud to be a son of Garfield and Iona in Gippsland and a priest of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. He was their eldest priest at 91 years and having served as a priest for 64 years. Vicar General Monsignor Greg Bennet described Fr Jim’s many gifts as “a deep a commitment to the people and parishes where he was appointed”. “He knew how to build parish communities literally and spiritually. He identified the gifts and goodness in others and encouraged them to offer these generously in developing strong bonds of friendship focused on service, prayer and mission. He was a humble and simple man. He had few worldly possessions. He was a man of prayer whose Divine Office was never far from his side. Upon his retirement Fr Jim lived with Fr Terry Bergin at Our Lady of the Way, Kingsbury. Terry’s warm welcome allowed Jim to continue the rhythm of prayer, Mass, friendship and hospitality and Fr Steven Rigo honoured Jim by ensuring him he was always welcome back at St Mary’s. In the last few years when his health was in decline and he faced major hurdles the kindness of others was always there. St Mary MacKillop said that ‘gratitude is the memory of the heart.’ It is with gratitude that we thank God for the gift of Fr Jim’s priestly service and enduring friendship.”

  • The College is mourning the great loss of Old Collegian and College Legend, Dr Geoffrey William Torney, AM (SPC 1946-1952), who died on June 14, aged 82. Geoff completed his Matriculation at St Patrick’s in 1952, winning a Commonwealth Scholarship. He was a Prefect, and also won the Br Purton Oratory Prize in 1952 with the topic, ‘How Strong Is The British Commonwealth?’. He was noted as a keen golfer, and he captained the 2nd XI cricket team. In 1953 Geoff commenced his law degree at Melbourne University, which is where he met his future wife, Janet Byrne who was a fellow law student. Geoff was a practicing solicitor for 40 years, was a former partner of Byrne Jones Torney, and was a member of the original Legal Practices Board, and Law Institute of Victoria council member. He was recognised as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2005 as a litigation specialist. He assisted in establishing the Australian Catholic University and was a founding member of Aquinas College, now the university’s Ballarat campus. In 2011 he was awarded the university’s highest honour, Doctor of the University. Geoff had a keen interest in horses and horse racing, and joined the Ballarat Turf Club committee in 1966. He served two terms as President, and then joined the MVRC (Victorian Racing Club) committee in 1988, serving as chairman from 1977 to 2002. He served four decades as a racing administrator, including a term as chairman of the Country Racing Council, now known as Country Racing Victoria. The Torney Night Cup, a listed race named in his honour, is conducted at Moonee Valley each February. Geoff was inducted into the SPC Legends in 2002, in recognition of his exceptional service to the Ballarat community, as well as his remarkable legal career. Geoff is survived by his wife Janet, five children and 14 grandchildren.

  • Anthony (Tony) Shearer (SPC 1962-67) died on May 25. Tony completed his Matriculation at SPC, majoring in science subjects. There was mention in the 1967 College Annual that Tony was, “studying a three year Diploma course in Psychiatric and Mental Deficiency Nursing, and hoping to do General Nursing’. He was a keen footballer across all his time at St Patrick’s. He also participated in cricket in Form 3, and was a member of the Cadets in 1966.

  • Peter Joseph Stafford (SPC 1942-43, PY1945) died on May 5 after suffering a stroke. Peter was a respected Old Collegian and a regular attendee at the SPC Old Boy’s “Harp” luncheons in Kew. He was born at home in Victoria Street, North Melbourne, above his parents’ café. Peter attended several primary and secondary schools, finishing his school days at St Patrick’s College between 1942-43, “something of which he was extremely proud”, says fellow Old Collegian John Croft (SPC 1940-47). “From time to time, he would produce his photos of himself and his younger brother Nicky (SPC 1942-45) in various sports teams, including the 1st XVIII”. After leaving St Patrick’s, Peter completed the first year of a degree in dentistry at Melbourne University, but the death of his father at the age of 50, meant Peter had to abandon his studies to take over family duties at the café. These were difficult years, starting work at 3am every day (the café served early breakfasts) to the traders at the city market. The family moved to Gatehouse Street, Parkville and Peter married Marion and together, they raised five children. Peter was very proud of the fact that all of his children completed tertiary education. After the café was sold, he became a secondary school teacher, and had many happy memories, and many anecdotes from his years as a teacher. After retiring, Peter and Marion travelled and had great times together. Until felled by a sudden stroke, Peter was still driving and completely managing his own home. He was always excited about lunch with his co-students from St Patrick’s College, held bi-monthly at the Harp of Erin Hotel in Kew. Requiem Mass was offered at St Carthage’s Church in Royal Parade, Parkville on May 12. Old Collegians who attended his service included: Kevin Murphy (SPC 1940-43), Brien Mason (SPC 1939-42), John Croft (SPC 1040-1947), Bill Keating (1940-44), Jim Farrell (1941-44) and Joe Delaney (SPC 1943-44).

  • Our thoughts are with Old Collegian, College Captain and Dux, William (Des) Nolan (SPC 1936-39) on the passing of his beloved wife Mary, who passed away in Donald on May 9, aged 94. We extend our sympathy to the rest of the Nolan family, including grandsons Paul Nolan (SPC 1991-93) and Pat Nolan (SPC 2002-07).

  • Desmond (Des) McGlade (SPC 1938-40), a former boarder, died on May 6, aged 94. Des was a boarder from Essendon, and attended SPC between 1938-1940, although he didn’t finish the year as he took up employment with the Public Service. He played football and in 1939 was in the 1st XVIII. He was noted as, ‘A very clever player, renown for his coolness. Clever turning is a feature of his play’. He played cricket in the seniors (in the same team as Jack Hill, one of only two SPC boys who have played for Australia). ‘He was called to the Public Service before the [cricket] season was completed. He was striking good form at the time and seemed due for a big score’. He also played tennis and was in the 2nd Tennis 4. He was an outstanding student academically. In 1939 it was noted that he was one of only a few who secured A Grade passes. Possibly it was this achievement that caused the Public Service to offer him (and a few others) employment. His nephew Ben Tighe (SPC 1986, PY1987) recalled that his uncle lived a full life, was married to Nancy (dec) and had seven children and 12 grandchildren. Des was also a keen golfer, snow skier and sailor. He also loved travelling visiting most parts of the world with his wife and family and had a very successful dentist practice.

  • We extend our deepest condolences to the McGrath family and our thoughts are with Old Collegian Justin McGrath (SPC 1983-88), wife Abby and their sons Jack (SPC 2008-13) and Mitchell (current student) on the sudden loss of their beloved daughter and sister, Emma-Kate on May 4 in Ballarat.

  • Br George Hewitt died on May 5, aged 81, at Nazareth House in Ballarat after a battle with dementia and was a highly respected member of the Christian Brothers. Br Hewitt was the property manager at St Patrick’s between 1994 and 2003. He was the son of Thomas Joseph and Veronica (nee Hussey) Hewitt (both dec), much loved brother of Mary (Sr Benedicta), Kevin, Tom, Peter, Margaret (all dec) and Anne. In a moving eulogy by former SPC Headmaster, Br Laurie Collins, he tells that George made the courageous decision to join the Christian Brothers, at the age of 20, after a period in National Service.  George’s early teaching assignments were in West Australia, which he enjoyed, before returning to Victoria. At Ringwood he taught Junior Secondary classes, specializing in Mechanical Drawing. He also coached the 1st Football team, and organised the building of the oval. He was universally popular with students, teachers and parents. George retained a strong lifetime interest in sport. Described a rugged rather than classy footballer in his playing days, he proved to be an exceptional coach; At St Joseph’s Geelong, he coached his Under 18 - A Grade Team to a premiership in 1970 with at least one of the team going on to play for the Geelong Cats. He was a keen golfer, one year winning the annual Brothers championship. After just 10 years of teaching experience, George’s potential was recognized when he was appointed to the dual role of Principal and Superior at St Thomas’s in Clifton Hill, which was undoubtedly the highpoint of George’s career. He also held positions at the Boys’ Home at St Augustine’s Geelong where he managed a residential unit for the older boys, and teaching roles at St Leo's Box and Parade College, before making the decision to move into the grounds on a full time basis, where despite repeated attempts, we would not assume the role of Parade Grounds Manager, and instead simply became the unofficial leader of ‘the shed’. George then took over the property manager’s position at St Patrick’s College, which turned out to be a brilliant appointment. When George retired from the Property Manager position, he still remained active. He and Gabe Rowbotham did a great deal of maintenance work on the holiday house at Apollo Bay, with George specializing in painting. When I was Acting Principal of St Joseph’s North Melbourne in 2004, and found that our rather decrepit science laboratories were soon to be subject to an official inspection, it was George who carried out the necessary upgrade. George was a private person, and matters of Religious Faith were rarely shared. For what will George be best remembered? I offer the following suggestions: He was incredibly determined, and when he set his mind to any task, he gave it his all; He was a man of action rather than a theorist or academic; He had a knack for getting to the essentials of a situation; He was resilient, with the ability to overcome setbacks; He had multiple people and practical skills; His focus was on people; he was renowned for his firm handshake; He had an extraordinary gift for developing and fostering community; He was more comfortable in doing things for others than allowing others to do things for him; While he regarded himself as a worker rather than a boss, he proved to be an inspiring leader; Long before the 2002 Chapter adopted a call for “The heart of being Brother”, George at Clifton Hill was demonstrating that deep humanity was the most important thing in our brotherhood. He was good man, a committed Christian, and a fine Christian Brother. He has enriched our lives. Vale George.

  • St Patrick's College is also mourning the passing of esteemed Old Collegian Kevin Cunningham (SPC 1939-42) on April 17, aged 89. Kevin was a day student at SPC and later in life, was a generous donor to many worthy causes around Ballarat and is recognised at St Patrick's College with the servery in the OCA Pavilion named in his honour. Kevin was a past president and Hall of Fame inductee at the North Ballarat Football Club.  

  • The College is mourning the passing of former teacher Br Kevin Tuck, who died on April 3 at Nazareth House, Ballarat. Br Tuck was a member of the SPC staff from 1957-1966 and again from 1980-1982. He first came to Ballarat from Parade College and was the Form Master of the Intermediate Class, Senior Geography Master and the Rowing Master. He also coached the 1st XVIII from 1964-66 and was Commanding Officer of the Cadet corp. He left in 1967 to become the founding principal of Trinity College in Colac. Br Tuck returned to SPC in 1980 as the Deputy Headmaster, the Senior Geography Master and the Master in charge of cricket. In 1983 Br Tuck was transferred to CBC Warrnambool. Br Tuck was honoured as a recipient of our Facere et Docere Award in 2015. He was the beloved son of John Walter and Margaret Mary (Rita) (nee Ryan) Tuck (both dec). Much loved brother of Margaret, Loreto, Geraldine, Anne (all dec), and Mary. Br Tuck was a highly respected member of the Christian Brothers and was aged 86 years.

  • William (Will) Nagle (SPC 2008-2010 (PY 2012)) sadly died on March 17, 2017. Will, who started at SPC in 2008 (Year 8) and left at the end of Year 10, was the son of Phil Nagle (SPC 1975-1980) and grandson of Kevin Nagle (SPC 1955-1956).

  • Steven (Steve) Adam Ross (SPC 2000-2002 (PY 2004)) passed away in Perth on March 3, 2017 with his loving family by his side. Steve was the beloved son of Mary-Ann and Robert, cherished partner of Emma, loved brother of Samantha and Michael and loved brother-in-law and uncle of Tom, Sierra and Nicole. Steve was a day student at SPC, starting in Year 8 in 2000 and finishing at the end of Year 10 in 2002. Steve was strong academically, winning the Year 10 Academic Prize, coming third in his class. He represented SPC in the Athletics team in 2001 and 2002 and was also in the racquetball team.

  • Peter Hyland (SPC 40-42), son of Peter S Hyland and Nora Baker, died peacefully at home in Mont Albert North on March 11, 2017. Peter came from Camperdown where his father was Stock Inspector for the Department of Agriculture. Peter boarded at St Patrick’s for three years; following a family tradition as his father, three uncles and brother Tony were also boarders. In his final year Peter was a member of the 1st XV111 football team and Athletics and Tennis teams and embraced College life with enthusiasm. After leaving St Patrick’s he served three years in the RAAF including overseas service at Moratai. On discharge he studied Agricultural Science at Melbourne University. He married Eileen (Trix) who had trained as a nurse with his sister Nora. They had a loving relationship built on shared faith and great friendship. Their two sons Peter and Mark were born in Hamilton. In 1951 Peter joined the Department of Agriculture commencing a long and distinguished career. Peter was a leader, a great communicator and facilitator. He had a big influence on the Victorian agricultural industry and assisted farming families to make significant increases in productivity. As a young scientist, he pioneered work that led to the establishment of the Pastoral Research Station in Hamilton. In 1960, the family moved to Melbourne, Peter expanded the breadth and depth of his commitment heading up the new Sheep and Wool branch and five years later assuming the role of Assistant Director General of the Department. An active member of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science throughout his career, in 1984 Peter was elected a Fellow of the Institute for “his outstanding contribution in the field of Agricultural Science”. Peter’s wife for 35 years, Trix, died tragically from cancer in 1986. He saw the need for better Palliative Care and became actively involved in establishing a new Palliative Care Service at Nunawading, being elected Chair of the Management Committee, and subsequently of the current Eastern Palliative Care. EPC cared for Peter at home in his last months. Peter’s marriage to his second wife, Maureen, led to a further 27 years of happy marriage in another great partnership. They had a great love and friendship based on a shared faith and love of classical music – Peter was a great support to Maureen as a member of St Francis’ Choir. Peter was always a very sociable person and loved his golf. A member at Box Hill Golf Club he played up until his last year. He scored two holes in one - the second at the age of 86. Peter was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Commonwealth Government in 2001 for services to society. Peter was a man of great faith and love, based on Gospel Values, which underpinned the way he related to people and made decisions. In his parishes he was active as a Reader and Minister, and in social and study groups. Peter was a strong and constant supporter of St Patrick’s, regular attendee at OCA events and convenor of “The Harp” St Pat’s Old Boys wartime Lunch Group which meets on a regular basis. Deeply loved, he will be greatly missed but fondly remembered by his fellow Old Boys, who express deep sympathy to Maureen, his children and stepchildren, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

  • Richard Caleo (SPC 1946-49) died on February 10, 2017, aged 85. Richard was a boarder, initially from Sea Lake, then from 1947 from Essendon. During his time at SPC, Richard was a gifted athlete, participating in 1st crew rowing, 1st XVIII football and participated in boxing as an U15. Richard was Prefect in 1949 and also named as the ‘Ideal College Boy’ for which he received a wrist watch, presented to him by resident Chaplain Fr Leo Friscalini. Richard was also a member of the Sodality of Our Lady Executive, and the Holy Name Society. After leaving SPC, Richard spent two years at the Corpus Christi Seminary studying to be a priest and then subsequently married and had five children. Richard’s funeral mass was held at St Monica’s in Moonee Ponds and officiated by close friend and priest Fr Gerard Dowling (SPC 1949-50), assisted by Fr Des Magennis and in the presence of Bishop Hilton Deakin, an auxiliary Bishop of the Melbourne Archdiocese.

  • Avtar (Tari) Sondhu (SPC 1964-1968) passed away on January 23 2017. Tari’s two sons are also former students of St Pat’s, Jason (SPC 1990-1995) and Philip (SPC 1997-2000). In 1968, Avtar, known as Tari, completed his second year of Matriculation at St Patrick’s College. He passed in English Expression and Physics, and received second class Honours in Pure Maths, Applied Maths and Chemistry. Tari was also a keen sportsman, playing in the 2ns XVIII football team, and in senior cricket. On the athletics track he won the 100 yards, 220 yards and 440 yards competitions. In 1969, Tari won a scholarship to Melbourne University, where he commenced a degree in Agricultural Science. Tari and his wife of over 40 years, Gurjit operated a farm in the western Victorian town of Harrow, where the couple raised their four children. Tari was a loved member of his community and will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Tari recently featured in a TV show filmed by the ABC called “Back Roads”, which visited Harrow  to see how the community was bringing new people and fresh ideas into the town.


  • We were saddened to learn of the passing of Nathan Shanahan (SPC 1988-93) who died in Ballarat just before Christmas. Nathan, a former soldier, made headlines in 2015 when he walked 400km from Mildura to Adelaide to raise money for and awareness of former military personnel suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sadly, his own battle with such disorders proved insurmountable for Nathan.

  • Francis (Frank) Keane (SPC 1955-58), passed away on October 15 2016 after suffering from cancer and kidney failure in recent years. Frank was a boarder at SPC from Wycheproof. After leaving school, Frank became a civil engineer and his work took him to Dampier WA, City of Knox in Melbourne, and for the greater part of his professional life - 26 years - to St Arnaud where he served the Shire of Kara Kara and the town of St Arnaud as municipal engineer and building surveyor. Family life and his faith were central to Frank's life and he was an active member of the Parish of the Immaculate Conception St Arnaud. In the local community he served 44 years in the Lions Club and numerous board of management positions which included hospital, Murdoch House and McAuley College. His leisure activities included travel, golf and bowls, growing vegetables and reading. Frank and Sheilah (née Kelly) married in 1968 and Frank passed away at St Arnaud exactly 50 years after they first met. They have four children, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren. The messages of sympathy described him as a friendly, gentle and courageous man.

  • Brendan Ryan (SPC 1950-54) passed away on October 14 2016 from complications with diabetes. The respected former Tatura Primary School teacher died at the age of 79. Brendan was known for his love for people and for football and attended St Patrick’s as a boarder from Carisbrook. During his time at SPC, he was a prefect, a member of the Sodality of Our Lady, a member of the St Vincent de Paul Society, in the Aths team, cadets, vice captain of the 2nd XI cricket team, and in the 1st XVIII football. He held a Junior Government Scholarship and won Leaving and Matriculation Teaching Bursaries and finished his schooling at St Pat’s, intending to enter the Education Department. Brendan worked as a primary school teacher in Bendigo, Cudgee, Ardmona, Stanhope and Tatura. While football was a big love, working for the GVFL and VCFL, Brendan also developed an interest in horse racing, travel and Rotary. Brendan is survived by wife Carol, children Kellie, Georgie, Peter and grandchildren Lucy, Kate and Kirsten.

  • Jacob Everett (SPC 2011-15, PY2016) (pictured above) sadly died on October 23 in a car accident at Cardigan. Jacob was from Dereel and left SPC at the end of Year 11 in 2015 to commence an apprenticeship at Fed Uni. In 2013 he was part of the shooting club.

  • Chris Larkins (SPC 1957-63) – died on October 21, 2016. Chris was a boarder at St Pat’s from Colac, in 1962 and 1963. He was the son of Old Collegian, John Larkins (SPC 1925-1931), who was the College Dux twice in the 1930s. In his peer year, Chris was a prefect, president of the literary and debating society, and Dux of Humanities (English Literature and Latin). His younger brother, John (SPC 1961-67) was also Dux of Humanities in 1967 and was later inducted as a College Legend. Chris won the Purton Oratory Prize. He matriculated with a Commonwealth scholarship in 1962, and he was a member of the Holy Name society. Chris was a member of the second XVIII football team in 1962 and 1963, and also played in the third XI cricket.

  • Mullins, John Patrick (SPC 1975-80), passed away on September 28, 2016 in Queensland.

    Harris, John Desmond (SPC 1952-54) died in Sydney on September 4 2016, aged 78. John attended SPC from Chocolyn, near Camperdown, Victoria where his parents Desmond and Julia farmed dairy cattle. John had a sister Rose (dec), a brother Pat and James Murphy (dec) joined their family. John was a dearly loved uncle of nine. John is best remembered for his many years of work in the funeral industry. He commenced work with Tobin Brothers Funerals in Melbourne, during which time he met his wife of many years Agnes. Later he and his young family moved to Wagga Wagga, NSW, where he and Agnes founded a funeral home known as John Dwyer and Co. from 1966-1985 as well as operating a travel agency. In 1986 John and Agnes took over WN Bull Funerals in Sydney which they owned and ran until 2010. During that time John and Agnes grew the business to be a leader in the Sydney funeral industry. John and his family have had a long association with St Patrick’s College, as he was the cousin of Monsignor Bill McCunnie, College Chaplain and Vicar General of the Ballarat Diocese. Other cousins, Phil (SPC 1962-71) and David McCunnie (SPC 1979-84) and Gerard (SPC 1963-67) and Tony Glennen (SPC 1967-68) also attended St Patrick’s and his niece Maria Richards is a current member of staff at St Patrick’s. The tradition continues as John’s grandnephew Jack Richards is currently in Year 7 at the College.  John is survived by his wife Agnes, son John and daughter Carmel. His daughter Anne predeceased him. John was also a grandfather of two.

  • Frawley, Brian (SPC 1947-49) died on September 24 2016 at Nazareth House, Ballarat, aged 82. Brian was born on January 14, 1934 to Bungaree potato farmers Bryan and Nora. In his primary school years he attended St Michael’s at Springbank, later studying at St Patrick’s College in Ballarat. Brian was an excellent athlete at SPC, becoming the U15 athletics champion in 1948, and was in the U15 football team. In 1949, Brian was the U16 athletics champion, played in the Galvin house cricket team, equalled the U16 high jump record and was in the Intermediate Literacy and Debating Society. Brian left high school at an early age to work on the family potato farm and only retired from the farm when aged in his late 70s, retaining an active role for many years. Upon leaving school, Brian also became a professional athlete and won the prestigious 880 yard Stawell Gift in 1957. Brian enjoyed a lifelong involvement in the Ballarat and District Trotting Club, of which he was a former president and life member. He was also a huge contributor to the Bungaree community through the football club and primary school. Brian is survived by Shirley, his wife of more than 60 years, his children Christine, Michael (SPC 1969-74), Tony, Anne, Danny (SPC 1976-79, St Kilda Football Club great) and Marita, 20 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. 
  • Jubb, Keith Lawrence (SPC 1944-1949) was a boarder at St Patrick’s College, from Balranald in NSW. As well as being a conscientious student, Keith was an outstanding athlete, playing for the 1st XVIII football team and the 1st XI cricket team in both 1948 and 1949. He also represented the College in athletics, and was a member of the Second IV tennis team in 1949. Keith dedicated much of his life to community associations, and was elected to the Shire of Mortlake as a Councillor where he served from 1971 to 1995. He was Shire President, and a member of the Board of the Municipal Association of Victoria. Keith was a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Mortlake, and for many years worked as a volunteer at the Mortlake Information Centre, and the Mortlake Meals on Wheels. He was an experienced Justice of the Peace, and was an original committee member of the Abbeyfield Elderly Folks Home, in Mortlake. Keith died on September 11, at the age of 85 years, after many decades dedicated to public life. As a man so involved in his local community, his loss will be keenly felt by the many who knew him. Keith is survived by his wife Nancy. He was the loving father and father-in-law of Sharyn and Peter Grinter, Leonie and Mac Redfern, Narelle and David McLaren. Adored grandfather to Tom Grinter (SPC 2000-01) and Lauren, Eliza and Benny, Edward Grinter (SPC 2004-06) and Michaela, James Grinter (SPC 2008-10) and Alice; Adele and Lachlan Redfern; Alice, William and Jonathon McLaren. Adoring great grandfather of Archie Grinter.
  • Bourke, Hugh Aloysius (SPC 1949-1951 (PY1953)) - The College was greatly saddened to hear of the death on August 27, 2016, of Old Collegian and College Legend, Hugh Bourke. Hugh attended St Pat’s as a boarder from the town of Pakenham, along with his four brothers, David (SPC 1944-48), Gavan (SPC 1951-55), Michael (SPC 1950-54) and John (SPC 1945-49). In his final year at the College, Hugh was a valued member of the football team, noted in the annual as ‘a most improved player, whose dash and evasiveness on the opposite wing were outstanding. A fair mark and a good kick…’. The Bourke family have made a significant contribution to the racing industry both locally to Pakenham, and more broadly across Victoria. It was for their involvement and impact in that industry, as well as their lifetime support of St Patrick’s College, that all five Bourke brothers were inducted into the SPC Legends in 2010. Hugh was the husband of Monica (dec), and father of Elizabeth (dec), Susan, Marcia, and Hugh Paul, father-in-law of Darren, and grandfather of Meg, Elouise, Joel, Evelyn, Erin and Will.
  • Sculley, Kevin Anthony (SPC 1954-1958 (PY1959) - The College was saddened to hear of the recent death of Kevin on August 22, 2016, at the age of 74 years. His funeral was conducted in the College Chapel at St Patrick’s, and presided over by Fr James Kerr, with current students forming a guard of honour. Kevin Sculley was a day student at St Pat’s, where he completed his Leaving Certificate in 1958, attaining the second highest score overall in that year. Upon leaving St Pat’s, Kevin commenced an engineering degree at Ballarat’s School of Mines, where he passed his degree in 1965. He went on to the University of Melbourne to the Faculty of Engineering, where he was awarded his Master of Engineering Science in 1968. He remained in Ballarat for a few more years, before relocating to Brighton where he established his engineering career from the late 1970s.

  • Belleville, Denis (SPC 1964-68) - Denis Belleville passed away on August 8 at the age of 65 years. Denis was a boarder at SPC from the Victorian town of Watchem. He completed his Matriculation in 1968, and was awarded a Junior Government Scholarship. Denis was a prefect in his final year, and was a keen sportsman. He was a member of the 1st XVIII football team, the 1st basketball team, the College athletics, and the 2nd XI cricket team where he was promoted to captain during the season. Denis is survived by his loving family - Fran, Matthew, Justin, Malia, Bec, Bianca, Chloe, Thomas, Nate and Clara.

  • Davey, Fr Brendan (SPC 1946-53) – The College was saddened to learn that Fr Brendan Davey passed away on August 9, aged 80 years, at Nazareth House, Ballarat. Brendan Davey was born in Ballarat in 1935, and attended St Columba's Primary School in Ballarat North, and St Patrick’s College Ballarat, where he was a prefect in 1953. After leaving St Pat’s, Brendan commenced a period of eight years study at the Corpus Christi Seminary. He was ordained at the age of 25, on July 23, 1961 in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Ballarat. In 2011, Fr Brendan celebrated his Golden Jubilee – 50 years since his Ordination. He spent 28 years as the Parish Priest at St Mary’s parish in Ararat, and 11 and a half years serving as Parish Priest in Stawell. His other postings include Ballarat East, St Patrick’s Cathedral Ballarat, Ballarat North, Warrnambool, and as chaplain for St Patrick’s College in Ballarat. Fr Brendan was inducted as Legend of the College in 2012.

  • McCarty, John Edward (SPC 1952-58) - The College also mourned the loss of Old Collegian and former SPCOCA president, John McCarty, who died peacefully at St John of God Hospital, Ballarat, on August 5 at the age of 75 years after a battle with cancer. John would be well known to many in Ballarat through his tireless work with Australian Catholic University - Aquinas Campus over many years as well as for the roles he held with great esteem in local football circles. John was a day student from Buninyong, who completed his Leaving Certificate at St Patrick’s College in 1958. He was a keen cricketer, and in his final year at St Pat’s was a valuable member of the 1st XI cricket team. His family remember John keeping a cricket bat with which he made a century at the MCG as a treasured possession from a Melbourne Country Week campaign in his back shed. John had a long and successful accountancy career, and was Campus Manager at Aquinas College from 1975 for the best part of 30 years. He was also heavily involved in the Victorian Country Football League, and was an Australian Sports Medal recipient for his service to sport. John’s administrative work included extensive time as a Victorian Country Football League director, including two years as president, and Central Highlands Football League chief executive officer. John was renowned for his organising of the annual dinner in Ballarat for the life members of the VCFL, and he also served as president, secretary and treasurer of the Buninyong Football Club. John was also president of the St Patrick’s College Old Collegians Association in 1972. John and his wife Frances had four children, Michelle, Tony McCarty (SPC 1986-91), Lisa and Simon McCarty (SPC 1993-97) and seven grandchildren.

  • Segrave, Bernard (SPC 1961-65) – Bernard died in May. He was the loved husband of Frances and the loving and proud father of Christopher, Gerard, Anthony, Marie and Stephen.

  • Casey Leo (SPC 1973-74) – Leo passed away suddenly on October 15, 2015.  From a family of eight, Leo was a talented student, he excelled artistically and academically during his schooling at Learmonth Primary School, St Paul’s Tech and St Patrick’s College. He went on to Ballarat Teachers College and became a primary school teacher for six years including Headmaster to nine students at Burrumbeet Primary School. Following this Leo decided to go back to University, the then BCAE to study Graphic Art for the next four years.  After a year, Leo then took up the position as Caretaker and Grounds Keeper at ACU’s Camillus campus in Gillies Street Wendouree, spanning 25 years. Leo was heavily involved and a valuable life member of the Learmonth Football Netball Club. Leo will always be remembered as a gifted, loving and generous man to his family.  As a talented artist, Leo was a regular visitor and a contributor to the Flanagan Art Exhibition and enjoyed reading each edition of The Shamrock.  Loved uncle of Leigh Simpson (1991-96), Luke Simpson (1994-99), Kyle Bennett (SPC 1998-03), William Von Burg (Year 12), Henry Von Burg (Year 7) and Caitlin Bennett (current staff).
  • Gavin Ryan (SPC 1953-1956) died from pancreatic cancer in April this year. Gavin, who completed his Matriculation year in 1956, was a prefect (pictured), a councillor in the Sodality of Our Lad and, an executive member of the Holy Name Society. He was a member of the 2nd XI cricket team, and a member of the 1st XVIII football team. Gavin was a boarder at SPC from Grassmere, in western Victoria. He is survived by his wife Agnes, and their five children.

  • Respected former Magistrate Geoffrey Hoare (SPC 1947-49) died on June 22 after a long battle with MND (Motor Neurone Disease). Geoff was a boarder from Horsham and thoroughly enjoyed his time at SPC. Geoff passed the Clerk of Courts examination in 1952 and in 1973, he was appointed as a Stipendiary Magistrate and Coroner for the State of Victoria. As a Magistrate he was based at the City Court in Melbourne and retired in 1988 having spent 38 years in the service of state. He was also a keen member of the Victorian Racing Club, Melbourne Racing Club and Melbourne Cricket Club. Geoff is survived by his wife Maureen, two children Meghan and Timothy and five grandchildren. Geoff’s life story is shared in further detail in another section of this e-newsletter edition of the “Green, White and Blue”.

  • Francis (Frank) James Moylan (SPC 1952-53) died on April 7, aged 78. He was born in Benalla and moved to Brisbane to live with his older sister after his mother's death prior to secondary school, before attending St Patrick's College as a boarder. Frank was only at the College for two years completing his Sub-Matriculation (the equivalent of Year 9) at the age of 16 in 1953. Frank worked as an engineer, settling in Doubleview, a northern suburb of Perth, WA. He married Colleen Anne, and they had two children. Frank also served in the RAAF during the Vietnam war in 1964 and 1965.

  • John Grogan (SPC 1942-50) passed away in Tasmania while on holidays with his beloved wife of 59 years, Diane, on March 5 after a long and courageous battle with melanoma and lung cancer. John, the second son of Dr and Mrs P Grogan, was born on July 27, 1933 and attended SPC from 1942 to 1950. He was deeply involved in all activities of the College, playing 2nd XVIII Football, Tennis, Cricket and all other forms of athletics. In 1951, John was a foundation member of the SPCOB Team in the Australian Amateur Football Association, and only missed games while away in national service between 1952-53 before the association was abandoned in 1956. On leaving St Patrick’s, John undertook an apprenticeship in pharmacy and qualified in 1954. He married Diane in 1957 at Sacred Heart Church, Kew and opened a pharmacy in Nunawading in 1959 which he successfully owned and managed until his retirement in 1996. John continued to play tennis, squash, golf and bowls and was known as a keen and determined competitor. He was an avid Richmond Football Club member. He was a devoted member of his church, Sacred Heart, where John served as a reader and chairman of the Finance Committee for 14 years. His funeral mass was offered at Sacred Heart and was concelebrated by Father Michael Kalka, Father Michael Crawford and Fr Gerard Dowling (SPC 1949-50). The mass was attended by many Old Boys and friends from business and sporting groups.

  • Gerard (Jack) Leonard Gannon (SPC 1964-1970) died from coronary complications in late 2015 aged 62 years. Jack attended SPC from Grade 6 in 1964 to Form VI in 1970. He was a popular student with a keen sense of humour and an accomplished sportsman. In his final year, he was a member of the 2nd XVIII football team, and the 2nd XI cricket team as a bowling all-rounder. He was a boarder from the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick. Following St Patrick’s, Jack excelled in academia becoming a professor in mathematics at Melbourne and Deakin universities and lecturing at various campuses in Asia and Europe. Jack leaves behind a wife, Margaret and four children - Genevieve, Joseph, Vivienne and Bead.

  • Gavan Bourke (SPC 1951-54) died in February. More than 1000 people attended his funeral at St Patrick’s, Pakenham including a large number of Old Collegians such as Fr Kevin Arundell, Graeme Sampieri, John Deany, Brian Dillon, Michael Martin, Noel Moore, Dr Jim Shaw and Brian Costigan. Gavan boarded at St Patrick’s with his five brothers.In 1954 Gavan won the Open 100 yards sprint, and represented the College at the Melbourne Combined Sports where he achieved tremendous results. He was a member of the 1st XVIII football team. Gavan was also house captain of Nunan. Gavan completed his Leaving Certificate in 1954, and was also a member of the Sodality of Our Blessed Lady. In 2010, Gavan and his brothers, Michael (SPC 1950-1954) Hugh (SPC 1949-1953) and John (SPC 1945-1949), were inducted as College Legends for their huge contribution to the horse racing industry and the Pakenham community. Their brother David Bourke (SPC 1944-1948) had been inducted in 2004. Gavan devoted his entire life to the Pakenham Racing Club. He served 22 years on the Committee from 1981 to 2003 and 16 years as Secretary from 1983 to 1999. Gavan's outstanding service and contribution was recognised when made a Life Member of the Club in 2004. Fr Don O’Neill (SPC 1937-40) died peacefully at Bendigo’s Bethlehem Home on December 11. A Pontifical Funeral Mass was celebrated at Sacred Heart Cathedral and a Vigil Mass was offered at St Mary’s Church, Golden Square. Fr O’Neill was ordained in the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Bendigo in July 1948 and then served in several parishes including Wangaratta, St Kilian’s Bendigo, Tallangatta, Benalla, Beechworth, Shepparton, Elmore, Myrtleford, Euroa and Golden Square. Fr O’Neill was also appointed as Chairman to the Sandhurst Diocesan Commission on Ecumenism in 1989.

  • Fr John Batchelor, SJ, (SPC 1933-34) died on December 27, 11 days after his 102nd birthday. He had been a Jesuit for 80 years and a priest for almost 67 years. John Batchelor was born in 1913 and spent much of his youth in Cohuna as one of nine children. He boarded at St Patrick’s and completed his Sub-Intermediate and Intermediate years when he was 19 and 20 years of age. In both years John was Dux of his class. Two of John’s brothers also attended St Patrick’s College – Vincent (SPC 1934-1937) who became a Columban priest, and William ‘Bill’ (SPC 1930-1931) who became Monsignor at the Sandhurst Diocese. In 1934 John contacted the Jesuit Provincial in response to an article he read about Jesuit vocations and the Provincial accepted him immediately into the Society. He was ordained in 1949.
    In 1951 Fr Batchelor was a Founding Father of St Ignatius’ College, Norwood. He taught at the school for the first decade. He also taught at schools in Perth during World War II, and later in Melbourne. Fr John Batchelor is remembered as possessing a charming simplicity which endeared him to many people.

  • Thomas ‘Tommy’ Simpson (SPC 1949) attended St Patrick’s College for one year. Tommy was a skilled footballer from East Ballarat where he is now known as a Legend of that club and was named as a winger in its team of the century. He was drafted to Richmond in 1956 where he played 126 games between 1956 and 1963. Tommy’s grandson Ashley Simpson (SPC 2007-2012) was College vice-captain in 2012.

  • Mario Chung (SPC 1988-1993) died in February, 2016. Mario was a day student from Alfredton who made the intermediate soccer team in 1991. He left SPC at the end of year 11.

  • James Muir (SPC 2000-2005) died in early March. A day student, Jamie was the recipient of the Edmund Rice Prize on several occasions. In 2002 and 2003 Jamie competed in the basketball team, and was a peer support leader in Year 10. In 2005 he was a member of the 1st XVIII football which won the Herald-Sun Shield. James’ younger brother Jordan is a Year 9 student.

  • Ray McAllister (SPC 1942-46) boarded at St Patrick’s. A talented athlete, he captained the 1st XI cricket team, played in the 1st XVIII, was a member of the 1st IV tennis team, led the boxing team and was captain of his division.
    Upon leaving school Ray returned to Essendon to work in the family meat business. Ray married his wife Gwen and they remained together for almost 60 years, producing four children Steve, Ross (dec), Margo and Paul. Ray died peacefully in May 2015.

  • Pierce Derham (SPC 1947-48) died on September 18, 2015 in Swan Hill. His wife Margaret said Pierce was an avid reader of The Shamrock and often said his claim to fame was playing in the same football team as John James. Pierce is survived by Margaret and daughters Anne, Maree, Clare, Noeline and Colleen.

  • Dr Peter Brown (SPC 1947-57) was a boarder from Balwyn. In his Matriculation year he was a prefect, and received a scholastic prize for science. He was a councillor in the Sodality of Our Lady, and a member of the Executive of the Holy Name Society.
    Peter also excelled in the sporting arena as a member of the 1st XVIII football team, and the 2nd XI cricket. As a member of the Literary Society he participated in the Purton Oratory.
    Peter died in October 2015, aged 76.