From Rob McAulay:
It is my sad duty to advise that Darrel Savage passed away last night, 16th June 2014.
Darrel was a Professional Engineer with OTC before moving on to chase sheep around on a small farm near Mudgee. When that got too difficult for him, he returned to the Central Coast of NSW where a number of his family had moved. Only a few years ago I learned that he had been moved from his lovely home to a Nursing Home as he was not well. It was there that he passed away. Robyn and I spent many lovely mornings having “naughty” cakes and coffee in the garden adjoining his humble abode. We are deeply saddened at losing him as, we are sure, will be his scattered family.
It is very saddening that such a lovely man left us so lonely.
The Funeral Service will be this Friday 19th June in the Rose Room at Palmdale Crematorium (near Ourimbah) at 9AM. Afterwards arrangements are not finalised but most likely at Ourimbah RSL.
There will be a formal advice of the Funeral in Daily Telegraph dated 18 June 2014.
This is a photo of Darrel Savage taken on 3rd July 2013 – almost 12 month before his death.
I think the OTC info regarding his service and its conclusion in 1987 is valuable. We were always uncertain about his age as he had given another age a little while ago but 82 is consistent with more recent discussions. I hope at least a small few of his former colleagues are able to attend his service.
I worked for Darrel in OTC.
He was a great boss and friend and I am saddened to hear of his passing.
A terrific bloke. I remember his farewell
I was saddened by the news of of Darrel’s passing.
I knew him well as a fellow member of the Engineering Branch. A great loss.
I received your email regarding Darrel via Fred Kannard. I knew Darrel from our time at OTC and also at Mudgee where I still have a life interest in a small property just out of town. I am in Melbourne now but try to get up to the farm on a regular basis. Unfortunately I had lost touch with him following his move to the coast.
I recall pleasant morning teas with Darrel when he would come into town on market days and come out to visit. Also, visiting him at his Avisford property for lunch on occasion was often followed by coffee on his veranda and wondering how people were coping back in Sydney! He was one of lifes true gentlemen and it was always a pleasure to be in his company.
I have a permanent reminder of Darrel as I bought the little Lister motor from the shearing shed at his clearing sale. I shall start it up in his honour next time I’m in Mudgee!
Darrel was one of my first bosses when I went to OTC. He really helped me to understand the culture and the way things happened in the place. He was always constructive but particularly guided you when you when you were letting your enthusiasm for something overstep the mark. He taught me a few good lessons on managing upwards. However my fondest memory was the way he answered the phone when someone called: ” Mr Savage?” or similar came from the caller to which Darrel invariably replied “By name and by nature!”. But really he was very tame.
A good boss — may he rest in peace.