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Kevin Reid – Aged 90 years

30 Jan 23
Peter Bull

David Charrett has pass on via Gregory Sachs the sad news of the passing of Kevin Reid.

I provide details of the funeral service for Kevin courtesy of Gregory Sachs. It appeared in this morning’s SMH.

Beloved husband of Barbara. Loved father and father-in-law of Andrew and Jace, Russell and Jess. Grandfather to Holly, Phoebe and Scarlett.

The funeral service for Kevin will be held at 1.30pm on Wednesday 1st February 2023 in the Camelia Chapel of Macquarie Park Crematorium.

Hamilton Funerals, 02 9449 5544.

If you would like to post a Tribute to Kevin’s family via the OTVA web site or share your memories of Kevin with other Vets please email me the details.

May He Rest In Peace.

Brian Curran – Passed Away 25 December 2022 – Aged 81

03 Jan 23
Peter Bull

Gregory Sachs has passed on the sad news that he has received verbal advice via an “old boy” network that Brian Curran passed away on Christmas Day.

Brian passed just short of his 82nd birthday. Brian’s birthday was 6th January

Brian’s funeral is to be at:    St Joseph’s College in Mark Street Hunters Hill

When:                                  11am Friday 6th January 2023

May He Rest In Peace

Bev MacDonald – Passed Away 21 December 2022 – Aged 89 years

03 Jan 23
Peter Bull

Doug MacDonald, son of Gray MacDonald (VK2BTY: T.I, Port Moresby, Rabaul and Sydney Radio) has advised of Bev’s passing.

We lost our loved mother and my father’s ‘love of his life’, Bev, just before Christmas.

Bev’s funeral is scheduled or Friday 6 January and will be live streamed from Robina QLD to assist those unable to attend in person.

May She Rest In Peace

The link to the live stream of Bev’s funeral service is:

Jeff Hinwood – Passed Away 2 December 2022 – Aged 82 years

09 Dec 22
Peter Bull

Gregory Sachs and John Mattes have passed on the sad news of the passing of Jeff Hinwood as delivered to them by Jeff’s brother, Gregory.

Jeff passed away on Friday, 2 December in hospital suffering from respiratory issues

Jeff was a very well respected Engineer with OTC and regularly attended OTVA social functions and Oaks lunches before Parkinson’s Disease prevented his travel from his home in Berry.

He will be remembered for his unfailing good humour and his gift for apposite and humorous comments.

May He Rest In Peace.

Stanley Davies – Passed Away 27/10/22 – Aged 94 years

01 Nov 22
Peter Bull
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Robert McConchie advised that he had been contacted by Stan’s son, Brian, to pass on the sad news that Stan passed away on the 17/10/2022 at Dandenong Hospital  after breaking his NOF/hip.

Stan worked in Coastal Radio and VIM Melbourne.

May He Rest In Peace

Carmel Stuart – Passed Away Aged 83 years

17 Oct 22
Peter Bull
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Much loved wife of Tony Stuart a well liked and respected member of the OTC fraternity.

Carmel will be greatly missed by her children, Lisa & Paula, and grandchildren Emily, Eric, Mia & Duke as well as her large number of friends and family.

Carmel’s family and friends are invited to a celebration of her life to be held at St Anthony in the Fields Catholic Church, Myoora Rd, Terrey Hills on Thursday 20 October 2022 at 10:30am.

May She Rest In Peace

Geoff Oldman – Passed away 27/9/22 – Aged 82 years

30 Sep 22
Peter Bull

It is with great sadness that I relay the advice received from Ron Lukin that Geoff has passed away.

Ron received a phone call this morning from Colleen Oldman with the sad news that Geoff had a severe stroke some two weeks ago and passed away in the morning of  27th Sept.

His son and both daughters are currently supporting Colleen and Greg who has recently retired from IT is looking after the farm.

A memorial service is planned at their farm in Denman NSW at 11am on Wed 5 Oct.

Would appreciate it if you could pass this email onto Vet members and his Engineering Branch work mates.

May He Rest In Peace

If you have any Tributes that you would like to share with other members of the OTVA as well as Colleen and Geoff’s family please email them to me and I will pass them on. Also please indicate whether you agree for your Tribute to be shared with other members of the OTVA and Geoff’s family via the OTVA website.

Robert Lee (75 years) and Tom Lee (80 years)

30 Sep 22
Peter Bull
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Paul Mulcahy advised that Julie Yee has passed on the very sad news of the recent loss of both of her brothers, Robert and Tom Lee, within a few weeks of each other. Both Robert and Tom worked for OTC.

Robert passed away on 26-8-22 aged 75. Robert was  an Engineer. He had been in a nursing home for a few years as he suffered from Dementia.

Tom passed away on 12-9-22 aged 80. Tom had been suffering from Diabetes for many years. He worked in SOR for over 30 years and recently had been living in Tweed Heads.

May they Rest In Peace

Goonhilly Downs SES complex in Cornwall

16 Sep 22
Peter Bull
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Many thanks to Jim Simpson who passed this one for the enjoyment of other members who may be interested:

This brought back some memories for me since I visited Goonhilly Downs SES complex in Cornwall, UK around 2000 when I was based in London (1998-2001) & maybe of interest to other OTVA Vets.

Originally British Telecom, now privately owned.  An impressive complex still as active as ever in association with NASA & other space exploration activities where one can Take a break from SLS and tour the nerve center for Artemis, ESA, JAXA and maybe Starship?! – YouTube



Sylvia Tresidder – Passed Away 11 August 2022 – Aged 80 years

16 Aug 22
Peter Bull
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Phil Tresidder has passed on the sad news that his mother, Sylvia Tresidder (nee Bardsley), has passed away with family by her side after losing her battle with cancer. She was 80.

Phil says that the below photo of Sylvia was taken in the 1970s

whereas the below photo was taken more recently

Sylvia joined OTC in around 1969 as a Mainframe/Cobol Computer Programmer. She worked at OTC for 9 years until leaving in 1978 to have her first baby.

Phil recalls being told that Sylvia was OTC’s first professional female employee and rumour has it that this created a bit of a stir with some of the blokes.

Sylvia is survived by her husband James (Jim) Tresidder (aged 90) who is also an PMG/OTC veteran of 25+ years’ service leaving in 1992. Jim’s final role at OTC was in Treasury working as the International Funds Manager.

Family and friends are invited to attend a service in celebration of the life of Sylvia which will be held on 18th August, 2022. For funeral details please contact Phil Tresidder on 0404 495 173.

May she rest in peace