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Alf Cannell – Passed Away 6 February 2015 – Aged 89 Years

10 Feb 15
Peter Bull

Les Ayers advised 
Alf Cannell passed away during the night.   His wife rang me this morning to advise.  I spoke to his son in law Richard and he advised me that no arrangements had been made as yet.  He will ring me as soon as something is formulated.
Regards to all for now


  1. Peter Bull February 10, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Les Ayers updated:
    Alf had been in Liverpool Hospital for a while with circulation problems.

    Alf ended his career in OTC as an Area Controller in the SOR.

    Alf had come from the UK – He had quite a history of telegraphy service though as a wireless operator, etc. During WWII he was on Atlantic convoy escort duty in the merchant navy and also with service in Asian waters. After WWII he was a Radio Operator on the coastal shipping service in Australia/NZ. From there he went to DCA before finally being given the opportunity to join OTC circa ’51/52.

    He retired in the 80s.

  2. Peter Bull February 10, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    From Jim Simpson:
    Whilst I do indeed recall ‘Alfie’ as a cheerful, cheeky Pom during my time in the SOR (from Jan 1959 to the late 60’s), we lost touch as our ways parted & I moved firstly (as a Telegraphist/Operator) to the Intl Gateway Exchange at Paddington (Intelx) and in later years (as a Marketing Officer) into the commercial/marketing areas of OTC.

    Nevertheless, I do have good memories of Alfie’s good humour, quick wit & work ethic – he was always good company to be around.

  3. Peter Bull February 10, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    From Les Ayers:

    The service for Alfie is scheduled for Friday 13th February 2015 at 11.00am – North Chapel, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Camden Valley Way.

  4. Peter Bull February 12, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Sympathy cards, etc. can be sent to:
    Mrs G Cannell
    16 Aquamarine Drive
    Eagle Vale NSW 2558

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