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Brian Woods – Ex-OTC Field Training Officer – Passed Away Saturday 20 October 2018

25 Oct 18
Peter Bull

Brian was well liked and respected by all of those who knew him.

We lose another of the great OTC characters.

Details of Brian’s Funeral Service:

WHERE:                       Simplicity Funeral Parlor in Woy Woy

WHEN:                        9.30am on Monday 29 October.

Brian retired from OTC on 13th May 1988

This photo is  of Hazel Collister Brian & wife Pat -barbecue at Brian residence Forestville NSW in January 2000

This photo was extracted from Sep 1986 Transit on the occasion of Joe Collister’s retirement.

If you have any better photos that I can upload to the OTVA web site please email them to me.



  1. Peter Bull October 25, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Brian was a big bear of a man with a soft heart. We used to go to the Woods’ house to watch tennis & even a bit of cricket on the old black & white with rabbits’ ears. Judith (his daughter) & I would hang out while she had homework to do & my brother & David (his son) would just do silly boy stuff.
    I really liked Brian.
    Lorraine Thomas

  2. Peter Bull October 25, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Brian’s partner Jill contacted me yesterday to tell me of Brian’s passing.
    He had been in a convalescent home for some time as he was unable to walk.
    I tried many times to call him over the last few months but it went to voicemail
    Brian was a great inspiration to me when I was a trainee and he influenced my decision to join the satellite department.
    He did the instructing on my course in Moree. He had such a wonderful personality and genuine warmth.
    On my return from Carnarvon he welcomed me into the Field training group that he so well managed.
    I have lost a real friend. May he rest in peace.
    Bob Murray

  3. Peter Bull October 25, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Very sad to hear of Brian’s Passing.
    I worked very closely with Brian throughout my career & feel the loss of a very good mate.
    Another silent key .

    The attached photos shows myself, Brian, Trevor Thatcher, Ray Baty at a barbecue at my place in Greenacre in December 1980.

    Joe Collister

  4. Peter Bull October 25, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Peter, thank you for sending the sad news of the passing of Brian Woods. Although I didn’t know him well, he was a good friend of my late husband Gray.
    Always sad to hear of the passing of any of the “old” OTC family.
    If possible, please pass on my sincere condolences to his family.
    Bev MacDonald

  5. Paul Horder October 29, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Sad to hear of Brian’s passing. Like all the guys in Training in the early ’70’s Brian was easy to talk to and very supportive. Brian had a major influence on my life post HSC. He interviewed me for a Trainee Technician position in what was the shortest, easiest interview I’ve ever had. ‘Any questions?’ He answered my two questions about the starting date and Tech location then stood up, shook my hand and said ‘Can’t say I will be seeing you on the 16th Feb but I will be seeing you.’ I guess he liked my school reports and exam results. When I met the other Trainees starting on 16//2/1972 i was horrified to hear some of the technical questions they’d been asked.
    Condolences to Brian’s family.
    Paul Horder

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