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Colin (Ned) Kelly – Passed Away 2 December 2018 – Aged 65 Years

03 Dec 18
Peter Bull

Ned passed away late last night (Sunday 2 December 2018) at home surrounded by members of his family.

He had lost his fight with cancer that he had been waging since we first found out about it in May 2018.

The below photo is of Ned taken at our 2014 XMAS Social Function at the Bowlers Club in York St, Sydney.


A small funeral service will be held with close family and friends in attendance.

Ned’s wife, Carmen, has advised that if anyone would like to send flowers and/or letters of condolence they can be sent to:

610 Barranjoey Road, Avalon Beach NSW 2107

The family would be most grateful to receive tributes from any of Col’s ex-OTC friends and work colleagues.

Carmen, Ashley and Stephanie would like to invite you to join them from 3 pm Thursday 13th December 2018 to celebrate and farewell Colin (Ned) Kelly.

The family will hold the celebration of Ned’s life at his favourite sailing spot, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club located at 16 Mitala St, Newport NSW 2106.

The family asks those who will attend to avoid suits and dark colours to match Ned’s colourful personality.

The parking will be tight as it is a sailing day. Those who are driving can drop off at the club but will probably need to park in the car park in Crystal St and walk up to the club. See map attached below.

If you would like to send me a tribute to Col that you would like to share with the wider group please email me at and will circulate it via email. Also indicate if you would not like that tribute to be uploaded to the OTVA web site for sharing with Ned’s family.


Peter Bull

Below photo supplied by Kevan Bourke.

This photo was taken in Centennial Park in 2004 when we had a reunion  to celebrate 30th year’s on from our first meeting.

Present were Ray Pow, Kevan Bourke, Colin Kelly, John Smith, Harley Vague and John Robinson at the rear, Mark Roberts and Bruce Mayberry at the front.


  1. Peter Bull December 3, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Ned and I first met in 1975 when he and I started work in the ITMC at Paddington.

    Ned had joined OTC from Brisbane where he underwent formal training at a Technical College after which he underwent field training at a variety of OTC locations.

    Ned was a bit of larrakin but was well liked by all with whom he worked. He quickly made friends when he relocated to Sydney and shared a house at Bondi with a group of OTC technicians-in-training with whom he became life long friends.

    Ned was intelligent and a hard worker and soon became a subject matter expert on a number of technologies.

    Ned also looked after his fellow technicians which led him to become an employee representative on the PREI (Professional Radio Engineers Institute (Australia)).

    He also became knowledgeable of matters relating to superannuation especially after the merger between Telecom and OTC was announced in 1990.His knowledge and expertise were in demand and people sought him out both when he worked for OTC and after he joined Optus.

    Ned achieved the level of Senior Technical Officer (Grade 1) in OTC before resigning to become a founding member of the Optus Network Operations Centre in 1992.Ned went on to work in the International Division of Optus where his knowledge and expertise in the dimensioning and routing of telephone traffic across the international telecommunications links was invaluable and enabled Optus to optimize it profits through traffic profiling and establishing extremely good relations with its overseas partners and especially with Singapore Telecom who became his ultimate master before he chose to leave Optus a few years ago.

    Ned will be sadly missed by his many friends and his family.

    May he rest in peace.

    Peter Bull

  2. Peter Bull December 3, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Ned and I first met at OTC Paddo when I was a trainee tech in the MRSC and Ned was in the ITMC.

    We got to know each other whilst on the Governing Council of our union, the PREI.

    We did a fair bit of socialising back then, but lost contact when I went to Malaysia to help set up Time Telekom.

    Ned was a great guy and a great mate.

    I wish Carmen and her family all the very best for the future. Having lost my first wife prematurely, I know what she is going thorough.

    Bob E

  3. Peter Bull December 3, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    So sorry to hear of Col’s passing.

    Taken far too young.

    Please include my condolences if you are speaking with Carmen.

    Chris Bull

  4. Peter Bull December 5, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Hi Pete,
    What a great loss! I am sure you were upset as I was, my sympathy to you as Ned was a true friend to us.

    Please pass on my sympathy and condolences to Carmen and Ned’s extended family and close friends.

    Advice on the funeral would be appreciated.

    Peter Hewins

  5. Peter Bull December 5, 2018 at 10:57 am

    I first met Ned in early 1974 when we were transferred to Sydney from Perth and Brisbane respectively and were accommodated at the Eversham Guest House in Manly along with many other interstate trainees of our year. Ned, always the organiser, had come up with the idea of renting a house in Bondi as it was close to Paddington where several of the group were working and it was on the beach which was desirable. I was initially unsure about committing and being part of the Bondi household as I was enjoying Manly, I was working in head office Martin Place, the Manly ferry was a pleasant trip to work and I didn’t know Ned from a bar of soap but was talked around over a beer in the Manly Hotel. What followed was a great friendship which lasted a lifetime and included our partners Jo and Carmen, many other friends and work colleagues. Too many to list.

    Ned was an affable larrikin with a big heart and the best mate a person could have. After sharing several houses with Ned I left Sydney and returned to Perth but we always stayed in touch. Once our families grew up we started having regular reunions with partners and friends from that era and it was always a matter of just continuing on where we’d left off the last time we met. I always thought Ned was bullet proof and it was hard seeing him so unwell and deteriorating the past 7 to 8 months.

    Jo and I did spend some quality time with him and Carmen this year and despite his illness he was always the same old Ned. Carmen has been inspirational in the way she’s looked after Ned and ensured his last days were as good as they could possibly be.

    Ned was a good family man and his daughters Ashley and Stephanie are a credit to him and Carmen. Ned was never one to let grass grow under his feet and led a fulfilling life.

    RIP mate, I’ll miss you heaps.
    Kevan Bourke

    The attached photo is of Ned & I was taken on the Hawkesbury River around 1974/5.

  6. Peter Bull December 5, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    The attached photo supplied by Kevan Bourke was taken in August when Ned’s friends got together to support Ned. The people are Mark Roberts, Kevan Bourke, Bruce Mayberry rear, Ray Pow, Colin Kelly, Steve Marshall front.

  7. Peter Bull December 11, 2018 at 6:46 am

    I can’t make it on 13th but could you pass on my condolences and best regards to all.
    Ned was a great guy I did not know him well but really liked him.
    Dennis Grant

  8. Peter Bull January 7, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    I heard the tragic news about Coco. I had seen him a few weeks earlier with Carmen. He was in fine form. So sad to leave us way too early, but one never knows the time.

    It is very hard to express the enormity of the loss for all of us. Col was one of a kind, the most unique of people. He will be greatly missed. We are all better people for having shared our lives with Col.

    Bill Millar

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