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Geoff Ivers – Passed Away Saturday 10 April 2021 – Aged 84 Years

12 Apr 21
Peter Bull

Geoff’s daughter, Rebecca, has advised the Vets of the passing of her father last Saturday (10/4/21). Geoff’s wife predeceased him by 15 years.

Geoff was 84. He’d had a leg amputated and was in a nursing home but was very happy there, and kept himself very busy writing memoirs, working on the family tree and enjoying himself.

He had 4 children and 9 grandchildren all of whom (and old friends) visited regularly so he was well looked after. He relived his days at OTC and regaled all of us with stories!



Vale Geoffery Ainsworth Ivers, 12/10/36-10/4/21

Geoffrey was a talented engineer and much-loved father and grandfather. Born in Cootamundra, he attended Canterbury Boys High and studied engineering at The University of Technology (later UNSW), starting in 1954.  He started at OTC in 1968, and remained there until he retired in 1994. Geoff spoke very fondly of his time at OTC, his many work trips overseas including a two year stint in London in 1976-77. Geoff’s wife Gaynor died in 2005 but they had many happy years together and travelled extensively. Geoff remained living in the family house until 2019 when he moved to aged care. He was much loved by his hour children Rowena, Rebecca, Roberta and Cameron, their partners and his 9 grandchildren.

The funeral will be livestreamed on Tuesday April 20 at 2pm with a wake from 3pm at Kareela Golf Club. Please RSVP to

May He Rest In Peace.

Duyet Le Van Passed Away 3 April 2021

09 Apr 21
Peter Bull

Laura, daughter of Duyet (pronounced Dwight), Laura, & his widow, Robyn has contacted Dave Wicks to advise that Duyet passed peacefully on the 3rd April from a long term illness with family around him. He displayed strength and spirit to the end.

Funeral Service:

Monday 12th April, 2021 at 2:15pm,

Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, 199 Delhi Road North Ryde.


Maurice (Maurie) O’Connor – Passed Away Sunday 4 April 2021 – Aged 85 years

06 Apr 21
Peter Bull

From: Gregory Sachs

A very sad message as received from Gay O’Connor, MOC’s wife.

Moc died last night. In my arms. I can’t really believe it but he has struggled so much for the past few weeks that my grief is tempered by the knowledge that his struggles are at an end and he is finally at peace. He has fought this friggin disease for 15 years and last night it won

I can’t speak highly enough of the palliative care people at Manly Waters. They have been wonderful

My poor Mocca. 😞. But suffering no more Gay x


Nick O’Connor, MOC’s son, has advised that the funeral service for MOC will be held at:

11am Wednesday 14th April

St Mary’s Catholic Church

Manly Freshwater Parish

6 Raglan Street, Many NSW 2095


Best parking will be in the nearby metered carparks.

After the service, the family has invited attendees to Canapes at the Novotel Manly Pacific on nearby North Steyne.

Nick and the family are hoping that many of the MOC’s friends and colleagues can make it to join  with them in the celebration of his life and to bid him a fond farewell. I have no doubt that there will be many stories told and we will learn many things about MOC that we did not know previously.

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