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Maurice (Maurie) Matthysz – Passed Away 22 January 2017 – Aged 90 Years

29 Jan 17
Peter Bull

The daughter of Maurice (Maurie) Matthysz, Vivienne, has advised that Maurie passed away on Sunday 22 January 2017.

Maurie commenced at OTC in Melbourne in 1955, transferred to Sydney and spent a lot of his working life at Paddington.

Maurie worked in Madang in the early 70’s, Guam from 1980 to 1983, 1985 to 1987, Norfolk Island from 1988 to 1990 before finally returned to Guam to finalise the closing of the station.

Maurie battled diabetes for a number of years and then developed macular degeneration which he maintained was the ultimate insult as he couldn’t read and enjoy the new computer and communication technologies.

A Funeral Service for Maurie Matthysz will be held on Tuesday 31 January at 10.00am at the Macquarie Park Crematorium.

I had the pleasure of working with Maurie in the ITMC at Paddington from 1975 to 1980. He was a very gentle and generous man who was well-liked by everyone who worked with him or worked for OTC and knew him.

May He Rest In Peace

Guam staff


Clearly Maurie liked that shirt ….. Maurice15 Maurice44


  1. Peter Bull January 30, 2017 at 7:51 am

    I remember Maurie from ISTC Paddo. My regards to his family
    Terry Etherington

  2. Peter Bull January 30, 2017 at 7:55 am

    I played cricket with Maurie – lovely man – knew him for many years.

    my condolences to family

    Noel Chapman…

  3. Peter Bull January 30, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Thanks for notification of the passing of Maurice. I remember him well while he was in Melbourne.

    Please pass on my regards to his family if you get a chance
    Denis Chambers Melbourne

  4. Peter Bull January 30, 2017 at 8:00 am

    I remember him well from his days in Melbourne when he came over to join OTC from Colombo with the Fernando brothers.

    A true gentleman.

    Please pass on my condolences to the family.
    Geoff Whitmore

  5. Peter Bull January 30, 2017 at 8:00 am

    It was a pleasure to have worked with Maurie at both Paddington and Guam. He was a gentleman of the first order. Sue and I extend our deepest sympathies to his family.

    Jim Hulme

  6. Peter Bull January 30, 2017 at 8:01 am

    I am very sorry to hear about Maurie’s death.

    Maurie was a very good friend of mine and I had the pleasure of working with him at Paddington ISTC, ITMC and he was my 2-I-cCat Guam and subsequently took over from me as Manager when I was transferred to Gnangara.

    A lot of people may not know that Maurie worked for Cable & Wireless in Colombo for several years prior to coming out to Australia.

    There was a classic story about Maurie joining OTC in Melbourne..Some new equipment had just been installed in Melbourne and Maurie had had experience with C&W with this equipment, so the powers that be decided to check this out. They put in a fault and asked Maurie to find it. He not only found that fault but 3 others and he got the job on the spot.

    Peter could you please pass on my deepest sympathy to his daughters, Vivienne and Larraine.

    Des Kinnersley.

  7. Peter Bull January 30, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Maurie and I were great mates as a result of some union work I did on his behalf.

    Great bloke.

    Bob Emanuel

  8. Peter Bull January 30, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Sorry I can’t make the funeral.

    Please pass on Elisabeth’s and my condolences.

    Ron Beckett

  9. Peter Bull January 31, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Sorry I can’t make the funeral.

    I knew Maurie very well having worked at Paddington & Broadway for most of the 1970s and 1980s. He was a very nice person, well respected by those who worked with him. He was a true gentleman.

    Please pass on my condolences to Maurie’s family.

    Robert Brand

  10. Peter Bull February 1, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    A dozen or so ex-OTC people and their partners attended Maurie’s funeral service which was held in the same chapel as was the funeral service for Cyril Vahtrick two weeks ago.

    The attached photo depicts those who attended.
    Left to right: Bill Breeze, Janine McGee, Ben McGee, Annette Tuckfield, Robin Tuckfield, Tom Neeson, Ray Alford, Laurie McIlree, Howard Wilson , Ken Arnold, Keith McCredden
    Cameraman: Peter Bull

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