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John Grosbard passed away peacefully at the age of 98 on Tuesday 7th April 2020

08 Apr 20
Peter Bull

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.

His family will miss him dearly.

May He Rest In Peace

Herbert Henry (Bert) Cladingboel passed away 4/4/20 aged 97 years

07 Apr 20
Peter Bull

Allan McPherson (ex OTC payroll) has advised that a Herbert Henry (Bert) Cladingboel passed away 4/4/20 aged 97 years.


97 is a good innings in anyone’s book. He must have seen huge technological changes and social change in that time. I wonder what a 20 year old Bert would have thought of Tinder and G-string bikinis. He might have had a heart attack and then he would not have reached the age of 97.


May He Rest In Peace.


Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

Passing of Margaret Rath – Wife of John Rath (OTC) – 28 March 2020 Aged 80 Years

06 Apr 20
Peter Bull
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Wallace Donald has advised of the passing of Margaret Rath on 28 March aged 80 years

Margaret was the wife of John Rath, Planning Branch Economist at OTC, who worked with Bob Long, Cyril Vahtrick, Ron Knightly, W G Gosewinckel and Wallace, etc, and was somewhat famous in that role).

John lost his wife Margaret on 28th March, passing away at home and leaving John, 4 children, and eight grandchildren.

Margaret’s funeral service will be held at Olsen’s Chapel, Sutherland on Tuesday 7th at 10 am with a burial at Woronora cemetery later. The service and burial are to be PRIVATE due to limits on numbers attending.

However the Chapel service will be live streamed online but access to the live stream will have to be approved by the family through Olsen’s. The family must OK viewing of the live streaming of the funeral service

If you would like access to the live stream please contact Olsen’s on Monday morning (6 April 2020). Olsen’s: phone (02) 9545-3477.

John and Margaret once lived in Engadine NSW, but of course that was many years ago, from the mid-1960s till 1990 at least.

Wallace worked with John during the 1960s while Planning satellites and Cable Systems and the very fast expansion of services those facilities enabled.

John’s Economic Unit comprising himself alone but expanded from the mid-1960s to include several staff amongst whom were: Joe Kristof; Stephen van Eyk. Stephen was nurtured by John and after leaving OTC Stephen set up a Funds Research House in 1993. Stephen was “voted by the industry as one of the most influential people in financial services at that time”. Obviously John’s skills and knowledge rubbed off on him.

Les Ayers – Passed Away Saturday 4 January 2020 – Aged 87 years

08 Jan 20
Peter Bull

Unfortunately Les passed away just after 6:00am on Saturday 4 January 2020 losing his fight against cancer.

His daughter, Cathy, has advised that there will be a gathering of Les’ friends at the “Bondi Icebergs” club in Nots Avenue, Bondi, on Thursday 16th January at 11:15am.

Details to be published in the Daily Telegraph on Friday 10th January 2020.

May He Rest In Peace


Cathy Ayers, Les’ daughter, advised his long-term friend and colleague from his OTC years, John Smith, in mid-December 2019 that due to his worsening medical condition Les had been placed in Edina Age Care Hospital, Waverley. Les had been undergoing extensive chemo and radiation treatment for several months but unfortunately he had not responded positively to the treatment and was not expected to recover.

Les has been an active member of the OTC Vets for many years and has in recent years provided many stories for inclusion in the OTVA Newsletter which had added to the reading enjoyment of many of its members.

Peter Allan – Passed Away 6 December 2019 – Aged 65 Years

17 Dec 19
Peter Bull

Dave Izatt has passed on the sad news of the death of a good friend and colleague, Peter Allan, who passed away on 6 December after losing his battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Lily, five children and grandchildren.

The funeral was held on Monday 16 December 2019.

Dave worked with Peter between 1990 – 1996 in OTC International both in Sydney and Indochina.

May he rest in peace.

Keith Oxley – Passed away in the week beginning 25 November 2019

03 Dec 19
Peter Bull
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Keith McCredden has been told that Keith Oxley passed away in the past few days.

No funeral service details are known at this time but Keith believes that the funeral service will be held today (Tuesday 3 December 2019) at an as yet undisclosed location.

I tried unsuccessfully to contact Keith’s family on the home phone to confirm the details of his passing and the funeral arrangements.

I will advise further if I hear. In the meantime keep your eye on the news papers.


From OTC Transit October 1984

ST02 Keith Oxley recently retired after 43 years in the telecommunications industry.
In a ceremony held at Paddington terminal, speakers Randy Payne, Henry Cranfield and Alec Griffiths traced Keith’s long involvement in the industry, from the early years as messenger boy with Cable and Wireless, through 16 years of overseas postings in Fiji, Fanning Island and Cocos Island, to Paddington in 1963.
Keith met his NZ-born wife, Loma, during the first of three postings to Suva, Fiji, and they married in 1949. Loma is no stranger to the world of international telecommunications as she was a wartime operator with Cable and Wireless in Suva.
Keith and Loma have a son, Robert, living in Castle Hill NSW and a daughter, Irene, living in Caloundra on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. They plan to spend some of their time commuting between the two areas – that is when they’re not busy growing orchids at their house in Turramurra, Sydney. Keith is not the slightest bit fazed by the thought of retirement.
“I’ve got a good cook to look after me,” he laughed.

OTVA Newsletter – December 2019

02 Dec 19
Peter Bull
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Grace Anne Dale – Aged 100 years 11 months 19 days

14 Nov 19
Peter Bull
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Born 30th October 1918

Grace Anne Dale commenced  work with OTC (A) at Lonsdale Street Melbourne in the Phonograms/Printergrams department from 1971 to 1982 when she retired at age 64.

Grace was very determined to stay at her home with help from her daughters and carers. She had been in and out of hospital for last few months.

It was only the days prior to her passing that she was admitted back into hospital with heart failure and passed away peacefully on 18th October 2019.

Funeral Service 

Where:         Le Pine,  Eltham on 7th November 2019.

Attendees:   Present were about 65 Family/Relatives/Friends/OTVA Colleagues including:

Gary & Debbie Kelly,

Eddie Hope,

Robert & Judith Hall and

Grace’s Daughter, Jill, & son-in-law,  John Caulfield

Sincere sympathy is extended to Jill & John and their extended Families on the Celebration of a Grand Lady


May She Rest In Peace

David Paul Meaney – Passed Away 30 May 2019 – Aged 79 years

04 Nov 19
Peter Bull
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Paul passed away in Adelaide falling short of his 80th birthday on 1 August.

Ed Willingham passed on the detail’s of Paul’s passing. He preferred to be called Paul.

Ed believes that Paul was recruited to Ceduna SES where her worked for the majority of his working life with OTC.





James Fes – Passed Away 12 October 2019 – Aged 89 Years

15 Oct 19
Peter Bull
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Robert Hall has advised of the passing of JAMES FES.

Jim was a Member of the VIC Branch of the OTVA as well as the AWA Veterans Association.

Jim started his career in OTC as a Radio Technician at its Beam Wireless Station at Rockbank VIC in February 1949 and worked there until July 1957 after which we worked in the 3DB Broadcasting area of the Herald & Weekly Times in Melbourne.

Two years later he joined AWA. He worked for AWA in various capacities until his retirement in 1989.

Jim moved to TRARALGON about 2010 to be near relatives and in 2015 moved to BUPA Aged Care Traralgon.

The Funeral Service for Jim will be held at Gippsland Memorial Park Crematorium Chapel, Cemetery Drive Traralgon Victoria on Monday 21st October 2019 at 1.30pm.

May He Rest In Peace