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Paul Crowe – Passed Away Saturday 5 June 2021 – Aged 74 years

08 Jun 21
Peter Bull
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Dave Izatt advised that Paul Crowe passed away from pneumonia on Saturday 5 June 2021 @ 3:30pm in Calvary Hospital.

He is survived by his wife Jenny, their three sons and their families. Paul and Jenny were married for 48 years so he will be greatly missed.

Dave met Paul in the early 1990’s when he joined the OTC International Finance Department. He said that his job was to count “beans” and well all needed  to work hard so that there were Plenty of beans to count. As he lived in the shire he acquired the nickname, “shire man”.  He was also a music buff and labelled the fax room world map with some unique places. The one place that Dave can remember was Lubbock, Texas, which he was to learn was the birthplace of Buddy Holly.

The above photo is  related to the Cronulla Polar Bears swimming club of which Paul was a member from 1992 until his passing. He was  the brains trust behind the Green Slugs relay team.

To honour his outstanding involvement with the Bears, the Paul ‘Supercoach’ Crowe Shield will be awarded to the relay team closest to their nominated time.

Ross Beaumont – Passed Away 17 May 2021

18 May 21
Peter Bull

Laurie McIllree has advised the following:

I received a phone call from Christopher Beaumont tonight (17 May 2021) sadly informing me that Ross Beaumont passed away last night or early this morning at his home.

Details of the funeral service for Ross will be communicated once we are advised.

Ross’s professional expertise, with his vast knowledge of radio engineering science, was what all of us who worked with him will remember. Whenever we had a technical problem that seemed too difficult for us to resolve, it was time to call for Ross’s help.

Below is a MS&RS work photo of Ross Beaumont taken in 1998 wearing his Telstra pager

Also another of Ross pointing out a cave he first discovered as a boy, on the Lane Cove River, after spotting it from his canoe. It was part of our Great North Walks. This cave was believed to be lived in during the Great Depression. The groove was cut to collect water & Ross said it was originally sealed with bitumen.




Charlie Rudd – Passed Away 8 May 2021

09 May 21
Peter Bull

Ross Craig has advised that Charlie Rudd passed away Saturday 8 May 2021 after a long fight with cancer.

Jane, Charlie’s wife, has advised that a funeral service will be held at the Uralla Cemetery at 3.00pm this Friday, 14 May.

The service will be streamed on line. More details in a day or so.

Geoff Ivers – Passed Away Saturday 10 April 2021 – Aged 84 Years

12 Apr 21
Peter Bull

Geoff’s daughter, Rebecca, has advised the Vets of the passing of her father last Saturday (10/4/21). Geoff’s wife predeceased him by 15 years.

Geoff was 84. He’d had a leg amputated and was in a nursing home but was very happy there, and kept himself very busy writing memoirs, working on the family tree and enjoying himself.

He had 4 children and 9 grandchildren all of whom (and old friends) visited regularly so he was well looked after. He relived his days at OTC and regaled all of us with stories!



Vale Geoffery Ainsworth Ivers, 12/10/36-10/4/21

Geoffrey was a talented engineer and much-loved father and grandfather. Born in Cootamundra, he attended Canterbury Boys High and studied engineering at The University of Technology (later UNSW), starting in 1954.  He started at OTC in 1968, and remained there until he retired in 1994. Geoff spoke very fondly of his time at OTC, his many work trips overseas including a two year stint in London in 1976-77. Geoff’s wife Gaynor died in 2005 but they had many happy years together and travelled extensively. Geoff remained living in the family house until 2019 when he moved to aged care. He was much loved by his hour children Rowena, Rebecca, Roberta and Cameron, their partners and his 9 grandchildren.

The funeral will be livestreamed on Tuesday April 20 at 2pm with a wake from 3pm at Kareela Golf Club. Please RSVP to

May He Rest In Peace.

Duyet Le Van Passed Away 3 April 2021

09 Apr 21
Peter Bull

Laura, daughter of Duyet (pronounced Dwight), Laura, & his widow, Robyn has contacted Dave Wicks to advise that Duyet passed peacefully on the 3rd April from a long term illness with family around him. He displayed strength and spirit to the end.

Funeral Service:

Monday 12th April, 2021 at 2:15pm,

Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, 199 Delhi Road North Ryde.


Maurice (Maurie) O’Connor – Passed Away Sunday 4 April 2021 – Aged 85 years

06 Apr 21
Peter Bull

From: Gregory Sachs

A very sad message as received from Gay O’Connor, MOC’s wife.

Moc died last night. In my arms. I can’t really believe it but he has struggled so much for the past few weeks that my grief is tempered by the knowledge that his struggles are at an end and he is finally at peace. He has fought this friggin disease for 15 years and last night it won

I can’t speak highly enough of the palliative care people at Manly Waters. They have been wonderful

My poor Mocca. 😞. But suffering no more Gay x


Nick O’Connor, MOC’s son, has advised that the funeral service for MOC will be held at:

11am Wednesday 14th April

St Mary’s Catholic Church

Manly Freshwater Parish

6 Raglan Street, Many NSW 2095


Best parking will be in the nearby metered carparks.

After the service, the family has invited attendees to Canapes at the Novotel Manly Pacific on nearby North Steyne.

Nick and the family are hoping that many of the MOC’s friends and colleagues can make it to join  with them in the celebration of his life and to bid him a fond farewell. I have no doubt that there will be many stories told and we will learn many things about MOC that we did not know previously.

John Malcolm – Passed Away 28 February 2021 – Aged 87 years

03 Mar 21
Peter Bull
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Bruce Boler has relayed the sad news of John’s passing which he received from one of John’s sons, Skander.

David Waterhouse has relayed the sad news of John’s passing which he received from John’s wife, Bini.

Bruce reminds me that:-

John was one of the guiding lights in the success of OTC International and was present pretty much from the beginning of OTCI.

This is to inform you that Ian William Ruthven (“John”) Malcolm, of Woollahra, NSW, Australia, died on 28th February 2021 after a short illness. He is survived by his wife, Bini, and three sons – Robert, David, and Skander.

Ray Hoareau – Passed Away Tuesday 19 January 2021 – Aged 76

24 Jan 21
Peter Bull
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I wanted to let you know the very sad news that Ray Hoareau who worked at OTC in Martin Place around 1969 – 1986 passed away on Tues 19th Jan 2021.

Ray had been in Estia Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast for the last 3yrs suffering from vascular dementia.


WHEN:       Tuesday 2nd Feb 2021 at 11am (Qld time)

WHERE:     Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Clear Island Waters (Broadbeach)

Fairway Drive (Close to Surfers Paradise Golf Club)

All welcome and it’s a big church. We will be having a wake after the funeral at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

All friends and colleagues from OTC who knew Ray are very welcome.

The service will also be live-streamed for those who can not attend.

Best regards, Justin Hoareau

In the below photo Ray is on the far right (eyes closed)

In the below photo Ray is on the far right with some colleagues from SOR in Martin Place in 1970

Vonnie Chapman – Passed Away September 2020

15 Dec 20
Peter Bull
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Keith McCredden has passed on the sad news that he had received for Danielle Jackson, Vonnie’s daughter in law, that Noel Chapman’s wife, Vonnie, passed away in her sleep in September of this year.

Over the last few months before her passing her health took a turn for the worse and she entered a Bupa nursing home in Armidale before being moved to a nursing home in Uralla.

She developed cancer while in care but passed away peacefully in her sleep.

Barry Mottram – Passed Away 30 October 2020 – Aged 81 years

04 Nov 20
Peter Bull
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Robert Hall (OTVA VIC Branch) has provided the sad news of Barry’s passing last Friday.

Barry was formerly of the CRS VIM Cape Schanck.

Barry apparently passed away peacefully with loved ones by his side at the Freemason Mount Martha Valley Nursing Home in Safety Beach VIC.

A private funeral service will be held on Friday 6 November 2020 at 2:30pm

His funeral service will be live-streamed and accessible via