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Ray Volpatti – Passed Away 15 April 2014 – Aged 76

16 Apr 14
Peter Bull
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It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Ray Volpatti (ex-Paddington ITMC).

Ray’s wife, Wendy, rang Laurie McIllree on the morning of April 16 to inform him of teh sad news. Ray went into Hospital last week for an operation and died of complications. Ray had only advised a few close friends that he was going into hospital.

Ray Volpatti



 I worked with Ray in the Paddington ITMC from the late-1970s to the early-1990s before I resigned from AOTC to join Optus. Ray was always a very laid-back type of operator who had a good relationship with his peers and subordinates. He had a lot of knowledge & expertise that he was always willing to share with us younger blokes coming through the ranks.






We extend our condolences to his wife Wendy, son Matthew and the rest of his family. There is no doubt that he will be sadly missed by friends and family alike.

May He Rest In Peace

Funeral Service:


Thursday 24th April

All Hallows Church,

Halley Street, Five Docks NSW.

 In attendance at the funeral were:

Jim Simpson; Peter Bull; Lawrie McIlree; Chris & John Vossen; Evelyn & Greg Martyn; Maria & Ray Alford; Brian Travis; Ross Smith; George Woloszuk; Orm Butler; Robin Tuckfield; Carl Viglianti; Geoff Whale & his twin brother; Jim Stevens; and a colleague, Tony.










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  1. Peter Bull October 8, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    I was very sorry I missed Ray Volpatti’s funeral.
    I was shocked to hear of his passing. I didn’t know he was ill.
    I would have liked to speak with Wendy.
    I always think of Rayvol (as we used to call him) singing, in his rich baritone voice, his version of the song Valencia.
    It would end with the words …”stick your head between your legs and whistle up your Barcelona!”
    It still causes me to smile when I think of him
    Cheers, Ben McGee

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