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William “Ern” Anthoney – Passed Away Saturday 7 November 2015

10 Nov 15
Peter Bull

Debra Flaherty, the daughter of William “Ern” Anthoney, has advised that Ernie Anthoney passed away last Saturday night from a massive stroke.

If any friends or colleagues of Ernie would like to attend his funeral it will be held on Friday 13th November at 11.45, St Catherine Laboure Catholic Church Gymea Bay Rd, Gymea NSW 2229.

A reception will be held at The Gymea Bowling Club, The Kingsway, Gymea, following the funeral.

Debra advised that Ernie valued his time in OTC and always enjoyed the Vets meetings where he had the opportunity to rekindle relationships and remember the good times that he enjoyed in OTC.

If you would like to send me a Tribute to Ernie I will publish it on the web site and pass it on to Debra and the rest of the family to help them remember their dad.

Attached is a photo supplied by Laurie McIlree that was taken in the telegraph work shop Spring St. Sydney around 1958. Laurie thinks that Ernie is the third from the right with other people who worked there at that time.
Spring St Telegraph Workshop


  1. Peter Bull November 16, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Dear Debra and family,
    I will always remember our dear friend Ernie as being a real gentleman in his supervisor’s job at the S.O.R.; he was always very fair and just to his staff. He was a contributor for years to a Catholic Mission Organisation for which I collected money on a monthly basis in the S.O.R. days.
    Please accept my sincere apologies as I now live in Park Orchards Victoria. Ernie will always be considered as a close friend of mine from the O.T.C. days.
    Best wishes and strength.
    Robert van Gestel
    (Ex Manager Operator and General Training Centre)

  2. Peter Bull November 20, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Hi Peter,

    Sad to hear of Ernie’s passing he was always a gentleman and helped me in my early days with OTC.


    Laurie McIllree

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