It is with sadness that Allan McPherson reports the passing of Tony Richardson who passed away last Friday at his home in Tuncurry after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just 1 month ago.
Tony began his career at OTC in the Accounts Branch which was interrupted by National Service where he served in Malaysia in the peace keeping force. He returned to Accounts and forged a career in many various positions before advancing to the Engineering Branch as the Accounts Administrator.
Upon leaving OTC he went into business with his brother doing kitchen renovations and had a stint running a small golf club at Milperra.
Tony loved sport. Tony, Allan and many other OTC staff played in the OTC cricket team on Saturday mornings at Moore Park. They were lucky enough to win a premiership and took delight in beating OTC Melbourne at the yearly Wagga weekends. He also loved his golf and was a staunch Canterbury Bulldogs supporter. Allan, Mick Wilden, Bob Dean, Keith Suzuki, Peter McInnes, Keith McCredden still get together every year for a fishing trip which they have been attending since their OTC days, some 40 odd years.
Tony is survived by wife Colleen, daughters Cindy, Jody and Kelly and their families.
St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Tuncurry
2pm Thursday 22nd October 2020
Allan believes it will be live streamed due to COVID restrictions.
Allan Hennessy has passed on the sad news of the passing of Evelyn White, wife of Bernie White.
Although I had met Evelyn on half a dozen occasions prior to Bernie’s funeral I did not know her very well. She was a lovely lady who made everyone feel welcome and spoke kindly of all of the ex-OTC people that she had met over the years. She had a piano in their small apartment in the retirement village in Bankstown where they had lived prior to Bernie’s health problems pre 2017. I don’t think that she had been able to play it for several years when I saw it due to her arthritis but it sparked many pleasant memories for her (any maybe even for Bernie)
If any of you have a greater insight into Evelyn and her life and would like to provide a Tribute to her which can be shared with our wider membership please email it to be and I will use it in my emails and/or on the OTVA web site. I would like to give members an insight into the woman behind the man.
Bernie and Evelyn had been living with their son, Laurie and his wife, Noelene, for some time prior to Bernie’s passing in June 2017. Evelyn was still living with Laurie and his wife at the time of her death.
Bernie had been a great contributor to and supporter of the OTVA for many years and Evelyn was his greatest supporter. Evelyn was a lovely lady who will be sorely missed by her family and friends.
Evelyn must have missed Bernie terribly after his passing as they had been together for such a long time – life partners!
The daughter of David Wills has passed on with the sad news that David passed away on Tuesday, 25th of August to his long time friend and work Colleague, Dagmar Perumal. They had worked at OTC in Martin Place and finally in Elizabeth Street. They kept in touch after his retirement from OTC/Telstra.
David’s son, Leonard, has also been in contact with me to pass on the sad news.
David’s Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, 1st of September in Canberra.
David and his wife, Margret, had lived for many years in a retirement village although Margret had predeceased David.
A member of the family will provide the details of the service once the funeral arrangements have been finalised. The funeral service will be video streamed as attendance at the funeral will be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Kate Schober has been providing care and support for George and Mary for many years.
Kate advised me this morning that Mary passed away peacefully in her sleep overnight. Mary celebrated her 95th birthday 5 weeks ago.
Her son, Chris Maltby, will be making funeral arrangements in coming days and will communicate them either directly or through Kate and I will pass them on to our membership. COVID restrictions will probably hamper attendance but most funeral directors provide for online attendance or video streaming of the service.
Mary has been in poor health for the past 4 years and she is now at peace.
George and Mary were such a great couple. They supported each other in every facet of their lives and it must have been a huge loss for her when George passed.
May she rest in peace.
DATE: Friday 28th August
WHERE: South Chapel
Botany Cemetery (same one as for George’s funeral service)
12 Military Road, Matraville NSW
After the service, a celebration of Mary’s life will be held at George and Mary’s home with light refreshments being served.:
Bill’s wife, Sue, advised that Bill passed away Sunday 7 June 2020.
Bill had been treated for cancer for the past 2 years and despite some success with some experimental drugs the cancer spread in recent months and he was in a lot of pain in his final weeks according to Sue.
Naturally Sue’s world has been shattered by Bill’s passing but at the time of his death he was surrounded by Sue, Bill’s siblings and his boys (David, Scott and Timothy – Adrian is in Hong Kong and unable to travel).
Sue advised that Bill’s funeral service would probably be later this week or early next week She will advise more after she and the family have met with the funeral directors.
Peter Hitchiner and Bob Murray have passed on the sad news of Peter Warrilow’s passing on Tuesday. They received the advice from Peter Warrilow’s family via PK Wong.
The funeral service for Peter is being tentatively arranged for Tuesday 26 May 2020 at 1pm at Pymble Catholic Church.
Because of the Coronavirus, only 20 people are allowed to attend the service in person so the church service will be by invitation only.
To accommodate those who cannot attend but would like to view the funeral service it will be live streamed so that people can watch it on a computer or smart mobile phone. The details are still being organised and Peter’s son, Michael, will advise PK of the login details once they are confirmed. PK shall then forward the details on to those who would like to join the service online.
As opposed to sending flowers the family would prefer a donation to a charity to be nominated by the family in coming days.
A picture of Peter from the Oct 1973 Transit:
In 1962 the Credit upon completed its first year of operation with assets of $73,000 and a membership of 311.
Peter Warillow became Chairman of the OTC Credit Union Board in 1972. By 1987 the membership had grown to 2587 with assets of about $7 million.
Under Peter’s stewardship the Credit Union evolved from using a rather antiquated ledger machine to a fully computerized online system but the spirit of ‘mutual benefit to members’ remained throughout its existence.
Michael Grosbard, son of John Grosbard whose last posting prior to his retirement was the Paddington ITMC, has reported that John passed away peacefully at the age of 98 on Tuesday 7th April at Killara Gardens Aged Care Facility.
John was very much loved by his wife, Hope, who is still going strong at 97 as well as Michael and his wife, Jools, and their daughters, Jessica and Emma, and their extended family.
He always spoke highly of his work colleagues and wonderful times working at OTC in Paddington. Once he retired Michael and John started a technology related business in which Michael and John were closely involved for many years.