Where are they now - Alan Jubb (SPC 1954-59)
author: Lorrie Liston
The College reconnects with former boarder Alan Jubb (SPC 1954-59) who is keeping busy in retirement after a career spanning nearly 40 years in the police force, and receiving the Australian Police Medal. Alan is a loyal supporter of our various OCA events and it’s always great to see his smiling face!
Where has life taken you since leaving SPC?
For two years after leaving St Patrick’s, I worked with my parents and three brothers on the family farm at Hexham in the western district of Victoria. In October 1961, I joined the Victoria Police department and as a result, worked in the Melbourne CBD and at Preston. I was also stationed at the Traffic section at Dawson Street Brunswick from June 1965 until January 1973. Whilst at Dawson Street, I was a member of the Motor Cycle Display Team and from August 1968 until October 1972, I was an instructor on both motorcycles and the V8 pursuit cars. In January 1973, I transferred to the Warrnambool Highway Patrol where I remained until I retired in August 1998. In 1991 I was very fortunate to be awarded the Australia Police Medal (APM). In 1963 I married Patricia Robertson and we have one son Bradley and two daughters Michelle and Cathy. We also have seven grandchildren and one deceased grandchild. Pat and I still reside in Warrnambool and I am a member of the Warrnambool Triton Woodworkers and also the Warrnambool Golf Club. In our family there were five boys, Keith (SPC 1944-49) (deceased), Noel (SPC 1945-49) (deceased), myself, Peter (SPC 1956-59, PY1961) and Leon (SPC 1958-1961, PY1963) (deceased). All five were students and boarders at St Patrick’s and also I have had three grandsons, Patrick Karras (SPC 2008-13), Thomas Karras (SPC 2009-2012, PY 2014) (who died in 2012 and has a perpetual trophy for soccer at the College) and Xavier Karras (SPC 2011-14, PY 2016).
What are your favourite memories of your time at St Patrick’s College?
I made a number of good friends whilst at St Patrick’s and was pleased to be able to represent the school in both the 1st XI cricket team in 1958 and 1959 and also the XVIII in 1959.
Which teacher from your time at SPC had the greatest impact on you? Why?
Brother Williams, Brother O'Keane and Brother O'Malley had a great rapport with the students and a great outlook on life.
How has your education shaped your professional life and your time at SPC shaped your personal values and your family life?
Without the education and relationships I probably would not be in the place I am now. The discipline and values gained whilst at St Patrick’s cannot be overstated.
If you could pass on one message to the students of today, what would it be?
Treat the people you speak to as you would want them to treat your parents.