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John Malcolm – Passed Away 28 February 2021 – Aged 87 years

03 Mar 21
Peter Bull
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Bruce Boler has relayed the sad news of John’s passing which he received from one of John’s sons, Skander.

David Waterhouse has relayed the sad news of John’s passing which he received from John’s wife, Bini.

Bruce reminds me that:-

John was one of the guiding lights in the success of OTC International and was present pretty much from the beginning of OTCI.

This is to inform you that Ian William Ruthven (“John”) Malcolm, of Woollahra, NSW, Australia, died on 28th February 2021 after a short illness. He is survived by his wife, Bini, and three sons – Robert, David, and Skander.

Ray Hoareau – Passed Away Tuesday 19 January 2021 – Aged 76

24 Jan 21
Peter Bull
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I wanted to let you know the very sad news that Ray Hoareau who worked at OTC in Martin Place around 1969 – 1986 passed away on Tues 19th Jan 2021.

Ray had been in Estia Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast for the last 3yrs suffering from vascular dementia.


WHEN:       Tuesday 2nd Feb 2021 at 11am (Qld time)

WHERE:     Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Clear Island Waters (Broadbeach)

Fairway Drive (Close to Surfers Paradise Golf Club)

All welcome and it’s a big church. We will be having a wake after the funeral at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

All friends and colleagues from OTC who knew Ray are very welcome.

The service will also be live-streamed for those who can not attend.

Best regards, Justin Hoareau

In the below photo Ray is on the far right (eyes closed)

In the below photo Ray is on the far right with some colleagues from SOR in Martin Place in 1970

Vonnie Chapman – Passed Away September 2020

15 Dec 20
Peter Bull
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Keith McCredden has passed on the sad news that he had received for Danielle Jackson, Vonnie’s daughter in law, that Noel Chapman’s wife, Vonnie, passed away in her sleep in September of this year.

Over the last few months before her passing her health took a turn for the worse and she entered a Bupa nursing home in Armidale before being moved to a nursing home in Uralla.

She developed cancer while in care but passed away peacefully in her sleep.

Barry Mottram – Passed Away 30 October 2020 – Aged 81 years

04 Nov 20
Peter Bull
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Robert Hall (OTVA VIC Branch) has provided the sad news of Barry’s passing last Friday.

Barry was formerly of the CRS VIM Cape Schanck.

Barry apparently passed away peacefully with loved ones by his side at the Freemason Mount Martha Valley Nursing Home in Safety Beach VIC.

A private funeral service will be held on Friday 6 November 2020 at 2:30pm

His funeral service will be live-streamed and accessible via

John Crowe – Passed Away Friday 23 October 2020 – Aged in his mid 80s

27 Oct 20
Peter Bull
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Richard Vahtrick,has conveyed the sad news that another of our fraternity has passed away.

John Crowe passed away last Friday (23rd October).

John worked for OTC for many years and was a valued member of the OTC team.

John was also a very valued member of the Rotary Club of Mosman who will be preparing an obituary with information from his family and also his many friends in the Club.

Funeral Service details are not yet known but this web site will be updated if/when they are shared with the OTVA.

COVID restrictions are significantly limiting the ability of friends and family to attend funerals in person but the service may be live-streamed for people to watch remotely.


Tony Richardson – Aged 73 or 74 years

18 Oct 20
Peter Bull
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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.

Will let you know details when available.


Evelyn White – Passed Tuesday 15 September 2020 – Aged 89 years young

18 Sep 20
Peter Bull

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!

May She Rest In Peace

David Wills – Passed Away – Tuesday 25 August 2020 – Ages 88 years

27 Aug 20
Peter Bull

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.

May He Rest in Peace.


Mary Maltby – Passed Away 18 August 2020 – Aged 95 Years

18 Aug 20
Peter Bull
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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

TIME:                    2pm

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.:

Chris Akrivos – Passed away 31 March 2020 – Aged 60 years

20 Jul 20
Peter Bull

Born in Sydney, Australia on the 24th December, 1959
Efthymios and Vaia Akrivos and loving brother of Vasiliki and Arthur.

At age 23 he married Tina Tapinos in Sydney, Australia.

Chris and Tina were blessed with three children: Rebecca, Timothy and Kristina.

Chris sadly passed away on the 31st March, 2020 aged 60 Years.