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Mike Debenham – Passed Away Sunday 7 October 2018 – Aged 75 Years

09 Oct 18
Peter Bull

John Barker has advised of the passing of Michael Debenham. Mike’s ex-wife, Louise, had passed on the sad news to John for relay to his ex-OTC friends and colleagues.

Funeral Service details:

WHEN:             10 am Thursday 11 October 2018,
WHERE:           Tobin Brothers Funerals, Sunbury, Melbourne, VIC.

I knew Mike when he was in the OTC training School from the late 70s until he was appointed to Manager Norfolk Island in 1993 where we remained for 3 years after which he travelled to Scoresby to take on the Manager role there.

Mike was a true gentleman. He was liked by all who knew him and as far as I am aware was well respected amongst the technical ranks in OTC.

He and Steve Corrigan were a pigeon pair when it came to many of the training courses that I attended where they were the instructors. Mike had the training knowledge and Steve had the technical knowledge. They complimented each other very well and I am sure that each learned from the other over time making them a very effective team.

May He Rest In Peace


  1. Peter Bull October 9, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    I am very sad to hear about Mike’s passing. He was a lovely guy.and a true gentleman. He lived nearby me when we were both in Springwood in the Blue Mountains. I would regularly speak with him as we were both in the training department.

    No doubt you would have run into him at Paddington or Broadway in the Training school

    Bob Murray

  2. Peter Bull October 9, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Sad to hear of Mike Deb’s passing, he was a foundation member of the training team before moving on to Norfolk Island.

    As you said he was a true gentleman and always seemed to enjoy his job.

    Vince Donoghue

  3. Peter Bull October 11, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Fond memories, Mike was a true gentleman and his wife Louise worked in the Qantas Club at Tulla Airport.

    I always got a kick out of walking into the Qantas Club with a bunch of BT or AT&T cronies and being greeted in a first name basis.

    Graeme Hanigan

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