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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.



Bill MIllar – Passed Away Sunday 7 June 2020 – Aged 66 years

08 Jun 20
Peter Bull

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.

May He Rest In Peace

Peter Warrilow – Passed Away Tuesday 19 May 2020 – Aged 80+

22 May 20
Peter Bull

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.

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.