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Bruce Hardiman – Passed away aged 79 years

28 Feb 23
Peter Bull
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Neil Yakalis has advised of the passing of Bruce Hardiman who was employed by Ray Hookway & worked at La Perouse & then Doonside until it closed in 1997. After a long illness Bruce died at home aged 79 years.

Neil received the sad new from Bruce’s wife, Haydee.

Bruce’s funeral is to be held at the Penrith Presbyterian Church located at 9 Doonmore Street, Penrith NSW on Friday 3th March at 10am.

May he rest in Peace

Ernie Wan – Passed Away on 14 February 2023 – Aged 82 years

16 Feb 23
Peter Bull

This news that has been provided by John Hibbard is very sad news indeed.

Hello family and friends of Ernie Wan

It is with immense sadness that we share the news that Ernie Wan passed away on 14 February 2023 at Hornsby Hospital aged 82. His wife Trish, and children Marina and Steven were by his side in his final hours and he passed peacefully due to complications of pancreatitis. Ernie had a great love for his family in Hong Kong and Australia, and his global network of friends and colleagues were very important to him. For all his accomplishments in life and business, his greatest love was for his grandchildren Charlotte, Patrick, Cooper and Isla, who will greatly miss his vibrant and playful energy.

A celebration of Ernie’s life will be held on Thursday 23 February at 1pm in The South Chapel – Northern Suburbs Crematorium. 199 Delhi Road, North Ryde NSW, Australia

For those unable to attend in person the service will be live streamed and available for later viewing.


A wake will be held at Steven & Sara-Jane’s home from 2:30pm at 20 Johnston Crescent, Lane Cove North. If you would like to attend the wake please RSVP to by Tuesday 21 February for catering purposes.

Warm regards,

Trish, Marina and Steven



Alex Ebert – Passed Away 21/1/23

16 Feb 23
Peter Bull
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Paul Naggar advised that he received a call from a mutual friend who told him that Alex had passed away on Saturday 21 January 2023.

Alex Ebert was told by his doctors in early 2022 that his cancer was progressive and untreatable and that XMAS 2022 would be the last one that he saw. Alex was determined to prove them wrong and lasted longer than some of his doctors expected.

Alex had limited feeling in his hands and feet towards the end but was still upbeat and continued to travel to work each day from his aged care facility in Concord to keep his mind and body active. He greatly appreciated the occasional call from OTC Vets which lifted his spirits by talking/reminiscing about the good old days of OTC. He recalled his days with the Vets and working for OTC fondly and greatly enjoyed rekindling those memories.

Alex had been the Treasurer of the OTVA for a brief period in 2011/12.

Alex became an accountant after he left OTC/Telstra. Alex’s father, Tony Ebert, was a Shift Controller in SOR in his later years in OTC who passed away in 2004. Alex’s mother passed away in 2019.

The below photo is from the April 1988 edition of Transit:

Funeral Details:

Wednesday 1st February 2023 at 1pm

Holy Family Church Maroubra

214 Maroubra Road, Maroubra.

May He Rest In Peace.

Phill Wall – Passed Away 13 February 2023 – Aged 66 years

13 Feb 23
Peter Bull

Bill Newman and Ron Beckett have passed on the sad news of Phil’s passing.

Phill Wall passed away today at Nepean Hospital when he finally succumbed to the progressively debilitating auto immune disease called CREST. Phill was stoic but suffering towards the end but he even  managed an arduous trip last month for a last farewell to his friends in the Tweed Valley. (Photo attached). Phil can be seen 3rd from right behind John Bennett

Many members will have worked with Phill and no doubt would have had great respect for him over his career which included work at Paddo, Broadway, Guam, San Francisco and Hong Kong.

It is a shame there aren’t more Phills in the world.


Bill Newman


Phill’s daughter, Lynette, has provided the link to his funeral service to be held on Friday 24th Feb.

Christine Wall requests that in lieu of flowers could people please donate to Schleroderma Australia under Phill’s name.


The below photo was provided by Shaune Walsh and is a photo of Phil taken in Feb 1995 when Shaune and Phill travelled to a DCME workshop held in Israel.



Tweed  Valley  OTVA

We  were  all able  to  welcome Phil  Wall  visiting  from Sydney at our usual  meeting  held at  the  Riverview Hotel  Murwillumbah  on  Wednesday  18th  Jan.  2023.

We  understood  that  Phil had  health  issues and  we appreciated the  opportunity to  farewell Phil  for the  last  time.

Those present  L  to  R  ,

Bob Collins,  Bill  Newman, Steve Marshall, Gary Samuels,  Peter  [local], Paul  [local], Dave Kidd, Phill  Wall, John Bennett, Shane [Steve Marshall’s son].

John  Bennett


From Will Whyte

I’m attaching 3 photos.
The first 2 are combined and taken on a bushwalking trip to the Buderwang National Park, West of Ulladulla in July 1981. The left hand photo shows Phill second from the left in the back row.
The third photo shows Phill between Bruce Mayberry and Steve Marshall at our 2017 Christmas reunion.


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