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The list below of deceased Old Boys has been compiled by the  committee from personal and gleaned knowledge and is a “work in progress”.

We welcome any information from family members or any reader who may be able to make additions or corrections.

Should we have listed a colleague who has not yet changed his address to Heaven we apologise and will correct the list immediately on receipt of advice .

Recently Deceased

Barry Boswell Eulogy on 55 years of his death

Danny Bowe brought to our attention that it is 55 years since the passing of Barry Boswell.

Barry Robert was the son of John Michael Boswell and Winifred Joyce nee Rayner. Barry is survived by his brothers Michael and Kevin and sister Joy (Evans).

Barry was born on 8th May, 1949. He died tragically on 22nd May, 1969. Barry won the 600 yards event at the Stawell Gift meeting in 1969. Only weeks after this wonderful achievement, he was killed. His grave is at Kyneton cemetery and has a magnificent memorial headstone.

The Boswell boys were obviously all talented in the fields of athletics. They are mentioned in the paper clippings of 1960. Fifty boys travelled over to Assumption College for interschool competition. The salient extract is “Kyneton gained three champions in K Boswell [under 9] M Boswell [under 10] and T Keegan (under13)”

Barry was a good friend and fun to be with for those who knew him well.                             Our belated sympathies are extended to the Boswell family.


Tony McCarthy

Anthony (Tony) Michael McCarthy

Fr Anthony (Tony) Michael McCarthy was born in Kyneton in Victoria, Australia. After completing his secondary education at St Patrick’s College, Ballarat, he entered St Columban’s Seminary to study for the priesthood.

Fr Anthony was ordained on July 25, 1964 in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, by Archbishop Simonds.

In recent years Tony had a regular involvement with the Kyneton Catholic Community and in particular with several old boys. Tony was an Associate Member

He died on 10th June and was buried at Tylden on 19th after Mass at Kyneton

Kevin Law

Kevin Patrick “Basher” died on 29 May 2024 after declining health over the past several years. He was a few weeks short of his 87th birthday.

Extra sadness was imposed upon Kevin when he was excluded from attending Peter’s funeral service due to Covid restrictions.

Kevin was the eldest of the Law boys. He is predeceased by Leo and Peter leaving Mick as the “flag bearer”.

LAW – Kevin Patrick ‘Basher’.
23.6.1937 – 29.5.2024
Loved father of David and father-n-law of Christine.Loved grampy of Emily and Ruby.


His funeral service was held on Thursday June 6 at the church in Kyneton. It was Kevin’s request that his ashes be spread along his favourite river bank at Moulamein NSW. The desire was reinforced by this being the place where their mother was born. This will happen when summer approaches and folks can attend.

Words of remembrance were given by his Brother Mick, long-time friend John Tunzi, Nephew Travis Law and son David. The time allocated was doubled, and then tripled as Kev’s life unfolded. At times the information given engendered laughter, with some “close to the bone” for a church service! Like “the seal of confession” they remain secret!.

Kevin took plumbing as a trade and became a windmill expert. David said he visited Barfold and saw a fifty year old windmill that Kevin installed and noted it and the galvanised tank he made on site were still working. David had helped his dad with the building!! Even in retirement plumbing was to the forefront as spares of all sorts were hoarded. All manner of other things were hoarded because “I will find a use for them”

We heard about his greyhound racing exploits, selling Yabbies, seeking assistance with placing bets and obtaining results and some activities best not recorded. Fishing and family underpinned a life lived to the full which is best described as multi-disciplined. How he got the nickname “Basher” remains with those who know!

In March 1950 at the annual sports day Kevin won the broad jump, but was usurped by his brother Mick who became the under 11 100 yards champion with a time of 12 point 35 seconds. Kevin did compete in the Cross Country, he could not beat Brian Green but held Gerry Brown to third place. The ever competitive young brother Leo was cleaning up the under nine events.

Kevin served on the committee for many years and was President in a year now unknown. He was appointed a Life Membership.

He was the youngest member of the Old Boys when he joined straight out of school. We learnt that Brother Paul had arranged for the very clever Kevin to skip a grade so he could go to work and help the family.


McCormack Brothers Jim and Ian

It is with regret that we advise of the death of James Barry [Jim] McCormack on 21st of March 2024.

Incidentally it was his birthday. Jim was born in 1938

In collating information it comes to notice that Ian Charles Jim’s brother died back in 2013 on 27th May.

Both boys are mentioned in the sporting records on 1954 and 55. Nothing spectacular! I recall Ian was known as “the last of the straight backs”


James Barry [Jim] McCormack

Passed away peacefully March 21, 2024. Aged 86

Beloved son of Francis and Helene McCormack (both dec).

Loved brother of Jean and Ian (both dec).

Much loved uncle of Shane,

Melissa, Loretta and Susan


McCormack.  Ian Charles.

Passed away on May 27, 2013 at “Maylands”, Spring Hill.

Loved son of the late Helene and Francis.

Loved brother of Jean O’Sullivan and Jim. Brother-in-law of Brian (dec.).

Just remembering the McCormack ‘boys’–both gentlemen

Ian was so ‘correct’! His mother saw to that. He once bought an old Morris, an ex-racing car. He asked Jim & I to take him down to Melbourne to pick it up (and a heap of spare parts) in my Jeep 4wd and trailer. Ian was very nervous to tell his mother about it. He didn’t have it long, until he either sold it or traded it in on a Mini Cooper ‘S’

He still thought ‘Mum’ criticised him for having ‘a racing car’ !  He did compete at Black Hill hill-climbs a few times.

About 1960 Jim, Ian, Gerald O’Reilly and I flew to Tasmania for a week’s touring. We stayed at a chalet hotel in the central mountains – I still have somewhere a photo of one of the girls, who were also staying there, sitting on Ian’s lap. Imagine when I showed the photos to his family after!

I did a few day trips with Jim too, who was a bit more relaxed; we went to car races, Swan Hill and Sydney once. A really nice bloke, but I hadn’t seen him for years. – Cheers – Frank White.


Brian Patrick  Fleming “Flemmo”

FLEMING – Brian Patrick ‘Flemmo’

18/07/1938 – 20/03/2024

Much loved husband of Lyn (Mummy).

Loved father of Cassandra and loved grandfather of Brionhy and Bob.

A wonderful person whose passion for life will be with us forever.

Prayers for the repose of the soul for the late Mr Brian Patrick Fleming will be offered at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 53 Ebden St, Kyneton on WEDNESDAY (March 27, 2024) at 11:00am.

A burial at the Kyneton Lawn Cemetery will follow.

Many tributes will be passed on because of Brian’s standing in the community.


Jack Bowe

It is with extreme sadness that we report the death of Jack Bowe.

Jack had been ill for some time, and had not been able to attend our recent reunion.

BOWE, John William (Jack)

  • Beloved son of James & Frances Bowe (both deceased), much loved brother to Jim, Tom, Mary, Terry & Carmel Eileen (all deceased) & Brian, Gerald, Sheila, Margaret & Danny.
  • Brother in Law & wonderful uncle to his Nephews & Nieces.
  • Deepest Sympathy to Maree, Paul, Bernadette, Kevin & Neil

16/08/1931 – 13/02/2024

Jack was farewelled at a service on Monday 26 February at 1:30 pm

St Therese’s Catholic Church 27 Albion St, Kennington

 The Bowe family was one of the main contributors to the attendees of the Kyneton Marist Brothers School.

Their father Jim was always active at family days and their mother [Frances] was a member of the mothers’ club.

A sporting family and most competitive! The eldest Jim is mentioned in our sport’s results in 1943 and others lead up to Danny in 1960.


Pat Barry

Cliff Dawes advised that Pat Barry died on 17 March 2023

No other details have been determined

Pat was one of 23 in Form one 1958


It is with sadness that we learnt of the death of John Dehne on 19 September 2023

John Stanley Dehne

Dearly loved and loving son of Jack (dec) and Doris (dec).

Treasured brother and brother in-law of Jenny and Jim, Marg (dec) and Bob, Robin and Graeme, and Richie

.Much loved by his nieces and nephews. At peace now after a courageous battle!

30/12/1940 – 19/09/2023

John is buried at Yarrawonga Lawn Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate it if you made a donation to “Friends in Common”

John is mentioned in our sports records. In 1951 he won the under 10 Broad Jump beating  Davis and R Keegan


Brian Sheppard

Unfortunately we are advised of the death of another Old Boy

Sheppard, Brian

15/04/1945 – 26/06/2023

SHEPPARD – Brian Francis, ‘B’, ‘Pop’

Passed away on 26 June, 2023 with loved ones by his side.

Devoted husband to Lyn. Loved and loving father to Darren & Hayden. Adored grandfather of Hannah, Cooper & Caillee.
‘Pop’ to many more.

In accordance with Brian’s wishes, a private interment will be held.

Brian is mentioned in the Boniface Records of sporting events.

He was second on the Open Mile in the October 1960 proceedings

Kevin Falloon was the winner with Jack O’Dea third


Jack Pattison

Regrettably we say goodbye to Jack Pattison who has been noted on the web site several times over the years.

Jack attained the great age of ninety-five on 6 March this year. He was an active participant in exchanges about the Old Boys. He and Tom Hayes had a decent exchange of emails debating the annual boxing tournament and which police man was the trainer.

Jack’s father was Sergeant Pattison a long-time member of the Kyneton police team. The Pattison family were predominantly girls. Tom was the other brother and has already been noted on the Honour Roll of Deceased Old Boys.

Leon Fallon married Aileen and they are both still active with the church at Kyneton. Leon is an Old Boy and on the Committee.

Pattison John(Jack)

Dearly loved husband of Yvonne for 70 years, passed away peacefully surrounded by family.

Cherished father of Jenny, Tim, Lisa and father in law to Alistair and Luke.

Adored grandfather, ‘Papa’, of Luke, Sally, Mark, Elle, Madeline, Jessica, Courtney and their families.

He will be loved and remembered always.

06/03/1928 – 09/06/2023

The Funeral Mass to Celebrate the Life of Jack Pattison will be offered at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 9 Centre Dandenong Rd Cheltenham on TUESDAY (June 20, 2023) at 12.30pm.

The funeral Mass was conducted by Fr Peter Matheson who had been asked by Jack to officiate. The church was packed with relatives and friends. The eulogies explained Jack in much detail as a gentleman of honour and family values.

Clearly, Jack Pattison was one Old Boy who remained true to the teaching of the Brothers and up until his death practiced Servabo Fidem

Mick Crowe

Kevin Michael “Mick Crowe died suddenly on 14 April 2023. His media notice reads:-

A sad and sudden passing.

Dad to Mel and father-in-law to Kevin.

Uncle to Simone, Rachel, Donna, Andrea and Lisa.

Dearly missed.

16/09/1945 – 14/04/2023 

A Service to Celebrate Mick’s Life will be held at the Thomas J. Scott Memorial Chapel, 5 Piper Street, Kyneton on MONDAY (24th April 2023) at 2 p.m.

Private Cremation

Mick was one of the Old Boys who did not stray far from Kyneton and supported our community involvements. His brothers John and Frank predeceased him some years ago.

They were all involved in the 1955 sports day. Mick, being under ten, only starred in the Siamese Race when he and Peter Maloney beat Halloran and Ritchie with Toone and Sheppard third.


Frank Walker

WE also found out that Frank Walker a resident at Lancefield has also been added to our Honour Roll.

Francis George Walker was born on 1 November 1948 and died on 19 March 2023.

He was buried at Lancefield Cemetery on 31st March after a service at Thomas J Scott Memorial Chapel Kyneton.

His tribute read: – Dearly loved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Sadly missed

Frank is mentioned in the 1962 sports results when as an under 14 he beat Ian Thompson and Peter Timberlake in the 100 yards sprint in13.3seconds. The champion was Kevin Bevans who clocked 12.5 seconds to hold off John Keating and Leo Donovan.

On the same day102 boys jumped the standard distance for their age in the Long Jump. 15 failed to do so!

Ray Wallace

Ray Wallace died on 16 October 2022 Due to the flooding at Echuca his funeral was delayed.

Ray was born on 25 May 1938. He married Mary Keegan who predeceased him. They had four children however one [Craig] is also deceased.

Our condolences are with Kathryn, Sue and Tony who are left to grieve Mum and Dad. It is also a family occurrence as the Keegan family are a big part of the Old Boys.

Ray was a son of long-time mailman Bert Wallace who derived around Kyneton. Brother of Shirley. He was a player with the Merrymakers band and a stock & station agent for many years.

Denis Thompson

We received advice that Denis Thompson has joined the deceased Old Boys. Efforts to obtain more information were minimal.

Denis was buried on Thursday 11 August after a service at St Ambrose Catholic Church Woodend.[Reached out to the church but no detain provided.]

Denis was born on October 3 1941 and departed this world on July 31 2022.

At the 1954 Annual Sports Day Denis took first place in most events of the under 13s. Richard Buckley, Jim Keegan and Gerald Fleming were place getters.

By 1957 when he was in the Open team he had trained off and only managed to win the high jump. Robert Morton was the open champion with Ian McCormack keeping Denis in third place.

Tony Colwell advised “I knew Dennis at school. We were in gr 6 and 7 together. His father Gordon had a shoe shop in Woodend on the corner near the post office.

John Don

We received advice that John Don died recently but have not been able to determine any other information.

John is mentioned in the 1951 sports results. He participated in under 10 contingent but only managed third in the cross country behind Gerald Fleming and Richard Buckley

John McInerny

McInerny, John Reed, died peacefully at Kyneton Hospital.

January 3, 1938 – July 13, 2022

Dearly loved son of John and Kathleen (both dec.)

John was a school teacher (Believe he taught at Langley and at North Redesdale] The father, Jack McInerny, who with brother Arthur, ran the Piper Street garage – Hudson then Humber/Hillman cars.

In the 1951 sports day Barry Sexton, Frank Hanrahan and John fought out placings in the 100 and 220 yard races

Terry Bowe

With sadness we advise the passing of our colleague Terry Bowe who died on 30 March 2022

His funeral was held on Thursday 7 April in Our Lady of the Rosary church Kyneton. Father Declan conducted the service, both in church and at graveside.

Terry was one of the Bowe clan starting with the late Jim and finishing with Danny.

The extended family filled almost half of the church seating. Words of remembrance were delivered by five close family members over more than half an hour. Terry’s direct descendants over three generations took part in the service.

A number of Old Boys were amongst the assembly, and not only resesatblished relationships with Bowe family, but school mates.

Later the “wake” was held at Kyneton Football ground. It was at this ground that Terry honed his football skills which culminated in selection for Collingwood in the then Victorian Football League.

Listening to the eulogies one would have left the service noting that Terry Bowe was the epitome of a son, brother, husband, father and citizen. Legend just about sums it up.

BOWE Terence (Terry) Kevin
2.1.1935 – 30.3.2022Dearly loved husband of Shirley (dec.). Father and father-in-law of Kelvyn and Kath, Sandra and Chris, Brendan, Murray and Torey. Adored Pa of Alexandra and Madeline; Luke, Sarah and Amelia; Joshua, Aydin and Jackson; Paris and Persia, and their partners. Great Grandfather of 10.With tears we saw you suffer, We watched you fade away.Our hearts were slowly breaking as you fought so hard to stay. You did not want to leave us, But you did not go alone. For part of us went with you the day God called you home.Published in Bendigo Advertised


Pat Toomey

It is with sadness that we advise the passing of Pat Toomey.

Our condolences are extended to his family.

Pat did not feature in Bonnie’s sports records so each who knew him will have to search their own memories.

TOOMEY, Patrick Gerald

26/02/1939 – 06/02/2022

Much loved husband of Elizabeth,

Father of Rosalie, Caroline and Pablo, Michelle, Patrick and Marg, Leisje and Colin,.

Grandfather of Isabella, Marielle, Brigid and Taura.

Brother of John, Catherine (dec.),Margaret, Beth and John, Marie and Winston.

With grateful thanks for the care given by the staff of John Fawkner Oncology Ward.

Buried at the Tylden Cemetery .


John Crowe

Advice has been received that John Crowe has died recently. John was the eldest of the three sons of Jack of SEC fame. Frankie died in March 2017 and Mick is still active at Kyneton.

John like many graduates joined the railways and remained there until retirement.

He had been in ill health for some years.


Walsh Kevin Augustine

9 September 2021

Dearly loved fourth son to Michael and Eileen (both dec.)!

Much loved and loving brother to Mike (dec), Eddie (dec) Frank (dec), Brian, and sister Betty (dec). Rest in Peace

Kevin was a stalwart of the Old Boys and was a regualr attendee at all events


Les Kay

September edition of the Gisborne Gazette carries an Obituary about Les. 2021-09.pdf (

Les packed a lot into his 87 years, and leaves behind many achievements.

Our condolences are expended to Wendy and their extended family.


Also some other information about deceased Old Boys

Message received from Leo Halloran:I have discovered this site only recently. It is very impressive.

In the list of deceased my brother Gerald Halloran is not there.

Gerald and I and Ernie Coman are cousins and nephews of Brother Benedict. This may be of interest to you.

All the best

Leo Halloran


Already recorded on Honour Roll

Joseph (Joe) Halloran


Born 1918, died 1983.

Joe used to claim that he was the first student of the Marist Brothers Kyneton because on opening day he was the first to arrive in the school yard.

Later he attended Assumption College, Kilmore. On leaving school Joe applied for a teaching studentship but his application was delayed until 1937 because of the depression years.

As a student teacher he taught at Mansfield Primary School for one year before attending Melbourne Teachers College.

In his late 1930’s and early 40’s Joe taught at some remote Mallee schools

He was called up to the Army during the war and was trained as a tank driver in an armoured unit, but never saw any action.

Joe returned to civilian life at the end of the war to teach at Castlemaine Technical School

Later Joe resigned from teaching to become the owner of a Green Grocery outlet in the Melbourne suburb of Glen Iris.

Spouse: Mary Fraser.

Children: Vincent; Margaret; John; Mary.


Bernie O’Brien

We received advice from Mary Hart that two members of the O’Brien family have died.

Bernie O’Brien born February 3rd 1946 died on July 4th 2021 in Queensland.

His younger brother Desmond, who is on our Honour Roll passed away some time ago in Western Australia.

The family originally lived in East Trentham but moved to Yaldwyn St West Kyneton. West. Father Des and Nora  mother.

Our condolences are noted for the extended O’Brien family


Information from Gerry Danaher

Just a minor detail: – Yonks ago I informed you that Keiran (my spelling) Fahey was an old boy to be added to the list.   Wandering through Benalla cemetery a few weeks ago I came across his grave.  The correct spelling of his Christian name is Kyran

Hey Mick, on the list of deceased old boys I noticed Peter Howard’s death states circa 1986.  See my below contribution.  I’d bet my last on it.

I enquired to Terry re his younger brother who also attend the school and he informed me of his tragic death 30 odd years ago when he and his motorbike went under the back wheels of a semi… could you enter  Peter Howard to the ever growing list….Terry and Peter’s father Jack was the line foreman and my boss when I started on the PMG lines staff….PH

Yes Mick, Peter’s demise was one I overlooked despite irregular contact with Terry.  I was very friendly with the Howard family.   Peter’s accident occurred in either the last half of 1977 or the first half of 1978.   I attended the funeral at Terang.

Also, I was unaware of Adrian Donovan’s demise.  We were classmates


Judge Frank Walsh

It is with extreme sorrow that we extend to the Walsh family sincere condolences on the loss of their patriarch.

Frank was a great supporter and mentor of the committee. Mary and he hosted an annual committee meeting at their home in Melbourne, and attended the Annual General meetings

So to all of the family mentioned below we offer our thoughts and prayers for a true gentleman and friend. We also acknowledge his brother Kevin.

WALSH Francis Patrick ‘Frank’

1/2/31 – 26/6/21

Ø  Passed away after 90 magnificent years of love, enthusiasm, positivity and spirit.

Ø  Loved partner of Mary (deceased), proud father of Anne, Peter, Matthew, Andrew, Therese, Simon, Fiona, Veronica and James who all adored him in their own way.

Ø  Kind father-in-law of Frank, Monica, Sophia, Gabrielle, Zemeel, Millie, Lee and Kellie.

Ø  Adored grandfather of Jake, Sam, Josh, Scarlett, Zara, Max, Francis, Ned, Violett, Finn, Lulu, Umaya, Isabella, Mischa and several very special dogs.

Ø  Great grandfather to the joy of his final year, Sophie.

Forever in our hearts.

Frank was stricken with polio as a child, but achieved much despite the disability. He used to ride a bike from and to the family farm at Trentham to Kyneton [10km] to attend the Marist Brothers School as a boarder

After his formal education by the brothers he continued his studies and became a solicitor, then a barrister and finally a Judge of the Victorian County court. He often remarked that his prized possession was his Merit Certificate achieved at the Kyneton Marist Brothers.

Our scant records do have a significant mention of Frank!

In the Kyneton Guardian report of the school swimming sports in 1944 this was written: -“Perhaps the most popular effort during the afternoon’s tests came from Frank Walsh of Trentham. This lad despite the serious inconveniences resulting form an attack of infantile paralysis some years ago secured his certificate [Herald] after a very determined effort and richly deserved the spectators applause and the examiner’s congratulations”



22/3/1923 — 3/5/2021
I would just like to let the association know that my uncle Jim O’Meara passed away peacefully in his sleep at Arcare in Burnside on the 3rd of May, aged 98.
He and his two late brothers, Gerard and Ray, all attended the Kyneton Marist Brother’s High school.
He was the loved son of James and Alice (Elderfield) both dec. And loved brother of Gerard and Ray, both dec, and Mary.
Loved husband of Josie, (dec), and loved father of Denis, Kevin, Stephen (dec), Maureen and Tim. Much loved grandfather and great- grandfather.
The funeral service will be held at St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church, Cnr Arras and Reed streets, Spotswood on Wednesday 12th of May 2021, commencing at 10.30 am.


Michael John “Mick” Buckley

9 April, 1953 – 28 April, 2021

BUCKLEY – Michael John. 09.04.1953 – 28.04.2021. Beloved partner of Donna, much loved father and father-in-law of Simon & Belinda, trusted friend of Billy and adored Pop of William Michael.
Michael will be forever missed and always remembered. He has created a legacy for future generations and his love and kindness for family and friends will never be forgotten.

The Funeral Service to Celebrate the Life of Mr Michael John Buckley was held at ‘Quambi’ Stadium, Sacred Heart College,  on Saturday May 8th 2021 . A burial at the Kyneton Lawn Cemetery  followed.



It is with regret that we have to add an Old Boys wife to our deceased list. Leo Moloney is recorded as being in form 2 in 1958.

MOLONEY, Valerie

Passed away peacefully at Bendigo Hospice on 12th March 2021, Aged 81 Dearly loved wife of Leo, mother of Michelle, Kerri, Wendy, Sue, Paul and their families. A much loved grandmother and great-grandmother. Forever loved
Privately Cremated 17 March 2021



Carl Eric Bowen
The death occurred on 15 December 2020 of Carl Eric Bowen at the good age of eighty-six.
Carl’s wife Frances, his Children Erica, Mark and Carl, and grandchildren Tilly and Maisy are left to mourn him. But his life was filed with memories, particularly as champion footballer at Port Melbourne.
He took part in the 1948 school boxing tournament but was defeated by Laurie O’Brien. But two years later in track and field he broke the Open High Jump record leaping exactly five feet [152.4cm]
Carl was interred at Woodend on 23 December after a service at St Ambrose Catholic Church.
The committee passed on condolences on members behalf

In discussion with Jack Pattison regarding the 1940 Football Team photo it has been determined that Jack is the only survivor of the Team. We had all except T Morrow and F Jones on our Honour Roll.
We have determined that both are deceased and are now added to the list.
MORROW_ Thomas Henry (Tom) Passed away suddenly at Royal Melbourne Hospital on Dec. 15, 2015 aged 89 years.
Dearly loved and adored husband of Joan, father of Gayle, Michael (Dec.), Kate, Damien, Jane, Gerard and Melissa.
Loved Poppy Tom of 13 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Lovingly Remembered
Jack Pattison advised:-
Frank JONES had all his education at the brothers and was a regular guy in every sense. After he left school he worked with his father Leyton Jones as a builder and then moved to Melbourne where he practised as a builder until retirement. Frank’s sister married Jack’s brother
He was a keen golfer, playing at Rossdale till 90 +. He died three years ago.

John Rowe

Gerry Lavery advised that John Rowe passed away on 3 June at Geraldton WA.
John has had dementia for a long time now Val his wife has been looking after him at home up until a couple of weeks ago. John turned 87 years old on Friday the 29th May. John is the elder brother of Barry and Terry Rowe both of whom are deceased and on our Honour Roll. The passing of John severs an association of the Rowe family with the Association. Laurie was our first treasurer in 1947 and was a several term President.

Passed away peacefully in Geraldton 3rd June 2020 after wonderful life farming at Wongoondy. Dearly loved Husband of Val. Treasured Father to Bill (dec), Trish, Wendy, Margie (dec), Jenny, Mike and Steve. Grandad to 18, Great-Grandad to 19. He will always be remembered because He was so well loved.

The son Bill mentioned as deceased was tragically killed during a family visit to the beach. What started as a petty, trivial incident escalated into a violent and tragic situation. The perpetrator was convicted of manslaughter.

The annual sports day was held in August 1941 and John Rowe appears in the winners list, having succeeded in the under 9s 50 yards race and it appears that he may have been handicapped. The newspaper report does not make it clear but handicap is mentioned.

Of interest [to some] the teams were attired in coloured singlets [blue, red and gold]. But this year the Gold team was St. Patrick’s, the Red St. John’s and Blue St. Joseph’s. Over the life of the school the team names often changed.

We have three Hayes boys on our register, Thomas, Arthur and Rom. Their father was a major supporter of the school and the sporting activities. The senior champion was entitled to hold the T. P Hayes cup for the year.

It is recorded that the senior Champion for 1941 was Master Ian Vereker. J Beck won the Rawson cup [remember Rawson’s clothing store?] and K Hartigan took out the Juvenile C.Y.M.S cup

John Slee 07.06.1934 – 24.05.2020

died last week and was privately interred due to the regulations imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. John would have attained the good age of 86 if he had made 7 June. But his time had come!

John would have been at our school during the war years, but he does not appear in any of the sporting annuals. John, after graduation took up butchering as a trade and had a shop in Malmsbury.

  • Passed away peacefully surrounded by family at home
  • Much loved husband of Yvonne.
  • Loved father and father-in-law of Mary, Anthony and Louise, and Veronica and John
  • Adored Grandfather of John (Dec.), Shane and Lani, Jimmy and Darcy and Dylan, Olivia and Grace, and Archer
  • Great Grandfather of Daisy, Hudson and Nate
  • Forever loved, in God’s care.
  • A private service will be held
  • Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.
  • From which of John and Yvonne’s children the next generation came is not known, but the Slee name may live on through Anthony’s parentage.
  • These “relaxed” days family names do not seem important. Future genealogists may care to differ!!

Adrian McCarthy 22/09/1946 – 17/05/2020

We regret to report the passing of another Old Boy. Adrian McCarthy died on 17 May, and due to the Covid-19 restrictions has been privately interred. Much loved husband of Catherine, father of Dan and Luke, father in law of Pauline and Katharine and Grandad to Brendan, Cameron, Harry, Alex and Ben.

Resting peacefully after a short illness. His devotion to his family, involvement in community, good humour and memorable storytelling will be cherished always. Sadly missed and forever in our hearts. A private family service will be held.

Sporting events during 1960 were the most reported in the records and paper clippings compiled by the late Brother Joseph Boniface

During that year there were visits to Assumption Kilmore, Melbourne Olympic Pool and Brighton Beach as well as the Showgrounds and Barkly Square. The teams were Green House [Benedict] Red House [Brendan] and Gold House [Abel].

After scanning through a dozen pages Adrian McCarthy appears once and only. In the Under 14 B division 220 yards race he, as a member of Gold House, placed second to R Snelling in a time of 37.6 seconds.

The Guardian reported inter alia: – “It was most unfortunate for the children that the oval was a sea of water and mud. The boys were like spotted tigers as they splashed their way through to victory or defeat in the keenly contested events.” “The first event was a race to the grandstand away form a heavy shower but the rest of the afternoon was fine” Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers

John Brown 09.02.1928 – 03.05.2020

We received advice that John Brown died on the 3rdof May at the good age of 93. He was a resident of Malmsbury, but information about his time at the school is basically unknown.

He would have left before Brother Boniface that kept splendid sports records was at Kyneton. John may have been a class mate of Jack Pattison who is the same age and is mentioned in the 1940 annuals.

Currently I do not have access to my scant records but when available I will look further

  • Dearly loved husband of Leonie (Dec.) for 39 years
  • Son of James and Catherine Brown (both Dec.)
  • Brother to Jimmy (Dec.), Patricia, Mary (Dec.)
  • Brother-in-law to Ken.
  • Much loved uncle and great uncle. So Dearly Loved By All
  • Private Funeral A Memorial Service for John will be held at a later date
  • Keep the family in your thoughts.

Peter Hugh Law 11.4.1949 – 7.4.2020

Peter Hugh Law died on 7 April 2020 after a long illness which included many admissions to hospital. Coincidentally he died on his birthday as he was about to commence his seventy-second year.

Because of the isolation enforced due to the Covid-19 pandemic a private cremation was held on Friday 17 April conducted by his lifelong mate John Scott.

Peter and Judy Boyer married and produced four children that have so far presented them with five grandchildren. In his last stint at the Royal Melbourne hospital Peter was anxious to get home to greet their latest, Sonny who was born whilst he was bed-ridden away from the family.

Peter was a stalwart of the Old Boys and was instrumental in organising our seventieth annual reunion held in 2016 with a sell-out attendance. He served on the executive for many years as Secretary and President and was elevated to Life Member.

  • LAW – Peter Hugh
  • ‘P.H/Pup’
  • Loving husband of Judy.
  • Much loved father of Travis, Trudy & Rodney, Tyrone & Kailee, Thomas & Mel.
  • Cherished Pop to Harry, Bonnie, Milly, Lewis & Sonny.
  • ‘Forever in our hearts’

Judy and the family [Travis, Trudy, Rodney, Tyrone, Kailee, Thomas, Mel, Harry, Bonnie, Milly, Lewis and Sonny] sent a thank you message to the Committee of the Old Boys.

As many members who are not on the Committee have extended condolences and kind thoughts the message is repeated in this despatch. We would like to thank you all. Peter enjoyed the Old Boys for a long time, the working bees, fishing trips and the social side.

The last couple of years he has probably upset some of you. Especially over the last three months of his life. A couple of times were bad! We will, and hope you remember just the good times.

Thank you all that visited Peter in hospital and home. Thank you for the cards, flowers, messages, food, and kind thoughts.

We all appreciate the Old Boys………………….Thank You

There is additional sadness in this instance as the Covid-19 social distancing regulations prevented a “traditional” farewell for Peter. Even his siblings could not attend the funeral service.

Jack Shelton 

Billy O’Connell advised that Jack Shelton who attended the school for a short period had joined the deceased Old Boys. Frank Hanrahan who was alleged to have been in the same class could not recall Jack. Jack was a boarder for only one or two terms and was from Hesket or thereabouts. We add the name to the Honour Roll

Brian John Lee

Advice is to hand that Brian John Lee [aka Muscles] died on24 October 2019 aged 73. Brian and his brother David [aka Toby] who is also deceased were borders at the school. Their hometown was Romsey.

  • Cherished husband of Dianne (Dec.) and loved dad of Shelly, Brendan, Briony, Kristy and Amanda and their families
  • Treasured grandad of 15.
  • Loved Son of Pat and Rita Lee (both Dec.). Brother of Anne and Toby (Dec.).

After prayers at St Ambrose Woodend a private cremation took place.

Brian does not appear in the sporting records, but Gerry Danaher recalls that he was a good scholar, always finishing in the top few. Toby is however mentioned a few times in the 1957 annual sports results. Our sympathies are extended to the Lee family.

Bob MORTON 2/5/1941-10/6/2019

The information from Gerry Danaher who is our historian for the mid to late fifties sadly advises of the passing of another Old Boy

MORTON Robert Allan (Bob) whose Christian names were Robert Alan was buried at Gisborne on 19 June after a Requiem Mass at St Brigid’s church.

  • Very dearly loved husband of Jenny
  • Much-loved Father and father-in-law
  • Of Meaghan &Erin, Rachel, Ben & Jonno,
  • Charlie& Lottie, Molly& Abbey, Orion, Sienna &Byron
  • Brother of Claude [Dec], Josie, Jim &Annette

Will always be in our hearts. Bob was obviously an outstanding athlete. During the 1957 School Sports on 23 October Bob won all running events in the Open class.

He seconded to D Thompson in the high and broad jump  but they were both in Gold house. Their efforts gave Gold a runaway victory with 595 points over Red house with 485.

This will not surprise many! The Guardian report said “ under conditions not altogether ideal”. Please keep Bob in your thoughts.

Hi Mick

Another Old Boy has passed on, viz. Bob Morton from Gisborne, on 10th June, aged 78. His photo appears in the 1957, Forms 3 & 4.

I haven’t seen Bob since the night reunion dance at the showgrounds in 2006 (I think).  He & wife were there with Norm & Kath Peavey.  I had known Bob for as long as I can remember.

The following message was received regarding our member Owen Spurway

Hello Michael,

I am writing on behalf of my father Owen Spurway who was an Old Boy from Kyneton and passed away 5th April 2109 after a battle with cancer.

He spoke of his time in Kyneton fondly and has shared many memories with us over the years.

Warm regards,

Megan North

On your behalf condolences have been passed onto Megan and the family

Owen regularly responded to emails about our activities, and gave me a lot of information for the web site.

Owen’s Grandfather was builder. Commenced in 1918 as Kyneton Boys School

History record

1916 By this time, the old primary school in Wedge Street was not meeting health regulations, so a decision was made to build a new one on the site of the old boys’ school. In the south west corner of the ground the corner of Hutton and Powlett Streets.

To be of wooden structure, costing nine hundred pounds. M J Payne the Architect

1918 Archbishop Mannix blesses new school. Brick with a tiled roof! Three large rooms with a shelter shed etc. Cost 2294 pounds with 300 pounds owing.

Only recently the Old School has been sold and connections with education cease.

Norm Baber

We learnt that Norm Baber died in late April and he was cremated without any public notices. For privacy reasons the family did not provide any information.

A number of Kyneton resident Old Boys and some far removed remember Norm. He does not appear in the annuals of our sport’s days, but after school he made his mark as a road race cyclist.

Two or three had the same story where Norm done severe damage to the Calder Highway when he fell. A damaged digit remained testament to that day.

Brother Des Hornsby

Earlier in April Brother Des Hornsby [as teacher Bede] in his ninetieth year passed away and was buried with the other brothers at Kilmore on April 12 2019.

Desmond James HORNSBeacefully at Bethlehem Home for the Aged. Aged 89 years. Dearly loved by his family and Marist Brothers.

Brother Julian Casey gave a comprehensive eulogy which is on file if you would like a copy. A poignant extract reflects a distinguished person:-

My name is Br Julian Casey and I was Provincial for several years during which time Des was editing the Newsletter and I had many conversations with Des about his life and times. I visited him last week to say goodbye and while I was with him, Des peacefully and fearlessly acknowledged that that his days on earth were complete, that his journey was over and that his time was fulfilled.

He accepted that his wonderful life here had arrived at its term and he thus passed peacefully from this life on April 8th 2019, aged 89.

Our condolences and our sympathy go out to his extended family represented by his nephew Glen Hornsby, to his cousin Kath Trethowan and other family relations. I acknowledge the loss from his Marist Community in Bendigo and the sadness of many other Marist Brothers who loved, worked and laughed with him throughout his years.

Brother Des and Brother Tom Maher were very helpful with information about the Brothers when the web site was being developed. Des was never stationed at Kyneton but was obviously a frequent visitor.

Gerard Brendan Madden

Then word came through that Gerard Brendan Madden died on 1 May and will be buried on Wednesday May 8.

MADDEN. Gerard Brendan (Gerry) Loving son of Mary and Frank (both dec).

Dearly loved brother of Frances, Helen, Michael, Laurie, Phillip (dec), Christine, Moira, Stephen and their families. Rest In Peace


MADDEN. Gerry. Passed away peacefully on 1st May 2019 with family at his side.

A warm, generous and loving man who brought so much happiness.

Much love, Cath, Ryan, Nelson, Tess, Chrissie and Emily Many great memories will be cherished forever.

Will be sadly missed Forever In Our Hearts Rest In Peace

It was reported that in spite of the inclement weather the weekend before ,the Marist Brothers annual sports day drew a crowd of over 200 to the Convent Oval 0n 30 November 1967.

Under ten competition events viz 80,100 and 880 yards results bear the initials of Gerry but he never greeted the judge in front. However his effort on the day was enough to finish fourth in the championship.

N Cue was the overall under 10 champion, with P Elderfield and P Plowman filling the minor palaces.

Maurice Ambrose Smith 5.08.1934 – 24.02.2019

With sadness we learned that Maurice Ambrose Smith [aka Mossa} died on 24 February 2019. He had been in Bendigo Hospice for the final days of his eighty fifth year.

His life was celebrated at the Church of the Holy Rosary on 1st of March. He was buried at Kyneton Cemetery after the cortege completed a lap of honour around the football ground. Brian Fleming advised that it was “very big funeral”.

Maurie was involved with the Kyneton Football Netball Club for 54 years, played over 100 senior games, played Reserves in 57, ran boundary in 59-61 and spent the next 42 years as a trainer and head trainer until 2002. Maurie was a life member of both the Kyneton and Bendigo Football Netball Clubs

  • SMITH Maurice Ambrose (Mozza)
  • Died peacefully at Bendigo Hospice surrounded by family.
  • Loved Dad of Jenny (dec.), Brendan, Peter, Brian, Damian, Michael and Sharryn.
  • Respected Father-in-law of John, Adam, Debbie, Faye, Christine, Janette, Andrea and Keith. Loved Grandad of 16 Grandchildren, 18 Great Grandchildren and 3 Great-great Grand-children.

Forever in our thoughts

His acumen as a footballer can be sheeted back to his time at the Old School. He appears in our records as Under 9 Champion in the 1943 sports day. He won the cross country, half mile, and the 75 yards sprint. In 1950 the older Maurice was again Champion which to attain he won the hundred, four-forty and eight hundred yards races and placed in the jumping events. Peter Barker and Bernie Buncle spoiled his efforts for a clean sweep.

Kevin Marshall 19.8.1935 – 28.1.2019

MARSHALL. Kevin Charles died on Monday 28 January 2019 It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Kevin Charles Marshall. Loving husband of Eileen (dec), father to Paul, John (dec), Justin, Amie (dec)

  • Father in law and friend of Carolyn and Richard
  • Grandfather to Scott and Kate, Brett and Claire, Luke and Sam and great grandfather to Zac, Layla, Logan and Jaxson
  • A silent achiever who has earned his rest and a never ending cold beer

MARSHALL. A Service to celebrate the Life of Kevin Charles Marshall will be held at the Thomas J. Scott Memorial Chapel, 5 Piper Street Kyneton, on WEDNESDAY (Feb 6 2019), at 10.30am, followed by a Burial at the Kyneton Cemetery.

Rodney Mumford

At the AGM we were advised that Rodney Mumford had died during the year.

Rodney does not appear in the sporting records we have but is in a photo provided by  Gerry Danaher and sent around to members whose emails have been provided.

MUMFORD. Rodney James. Passed away peacefully in Bendigo on March 21 aged 71 years. Beloved father of Nicholas and Alistair, grandfather of Lucas James. Dearly loved brother of Judith, Christine, and Heather ‘You learn from a conglomeration of the incredible past – whatever experience gotten in any way whatsoever. ‘ Bob Dylan

MUMFORD. Rodney. Passed away 21.03.2018 Dearly loved brother of Judy and Lyndon. Uncle of Brett and Kym and Matt. Great uncle of Jarred and Tyler and Isabella. Forever in our hearts

MUMFORD. A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the late Mr Rodney James MUMFORD will be held in the Mulqueen Family Chapel, 15-25 Bridge St, Bendigo on TUESDAY (March 27) at 10.30 a. m. Private Cremation Flowers appreciated, donations preferred to the Michael. J. Fox Foundation. www. michaeljfox. Org

John O’Rourke 13.7.1936 – 16.1.2019

It is with extreme sadness that we record the death of John O’Rourke who died on 16 January 2019.

The 12 year old John excelled during the annual sports day in 1948, on a day when the slippery surface of the ground saw the tug-o’-war and the musical chairs postponed until the next day.

John O’Rourke in the Juvenile Division was the Championship winner in the mile and high jump as well as the football kicking. Two years later he again won the high jump. John O’Rourke is one Old Boy that exemplifies the school motto Servabo Fidem

O ROURKE. John Patrick James Terry 13.7.1936 – 16.1.2019

  • Beloved husband of June Isobel (dec.) Cherished dad of Jim and Sam and loved step-dad of Steven and Carol, Peter and Jacinta, Cathy and Paul (dec.) and Mark and Kim.
  • Loved grandad of Jack Patrick O Rourke and loved poppy of Jay and Jackson; Chloe and Zach; Georgie and Jade; Teagan, Tayhla and Jordan and loved with open arms, Bella and Ruby.
  • Great-grandfather of Bowie Cheep
  • Dearly loved brother of Aileen (Riordon), Frank (dec), Patricia (Fleming) and their families. In God s Care May his dear soul rest in peace

O ROURKE. The Funeral Mass for the Repose of the Soul of the Late Mr John Patrick James Terry O Rourke, will be offered at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Ebden Street, Kyneton, on Thursday (Jan 24th, 2019) commencing at 10.30am.

Burial at the Kyneton Lawn Cemetery will follow.

Lenny Hourigan 

We also learnt that Lenny Hourigan died suddenly this week; other details not yet to hand.

Lenny is an associate Old Boy from his competing in the annul Possum Trophy competition

SCOTT. Brian Francis

It is with the usual reflection on the ageing of the Old Boys that we report the passing of Brian Scott and Kevin Moloney.

SCOTT. Brian Francis (Scobie) Passed away on Sept. 25, 2018 at Kyneton

  • Dearly loved husband of Maureen (dec.).
  • Loved father and father-in-law of John (Spotty) (dec.), Rick (Bubba) and Robyn (Cookie). Adored Pop Melbourne of Zoey and Jarrod, Tyler and Emily. Big Pops to Mackenzie (Tippy).

The Funeral for Brian will be held at the Thomas J. Scott Memorial Chapel, 5 Piper St Kyneton on THURSDAY (Oct. 4, 2018) at 10.30 a. m, followed by a burial at Woodend Cemetery. With the passing of time and scant records that only have initials it is somewhat difficult give any background information.

Our records show that in 1954 at the annual sports day B Scott and Jim Dwyer [Dec]shared first and second places in the Open hurdle and long jump.  Scott won the hurdle at 4 foot 4 and ½ inches whilst Dwyer covered 15 foot 5 inches in the broad jump.

Kevin Maloney 8/1/1946 –24/09/2018

The news also came to hand that Kevin Maloney one of the Tom Maloney of Hanging Rock family. Kevin was known as Red Man but little else is on record.

No bereavement notice has yet been published but his funeral is scheduled for Friday 5 October at 10.30am form T J Scott Memorial Chapel

Ian Curtis

Whilst not an Old Boy a friend of many Ian Curtis died on 28 September! More commonly known as “Mick”, Ian [DOB 09/09/1937] will also be farewelled at the T J Scott Chapel. His service will be on Thursday at 2.00pm.

There once was a “gang” Big Mick [Halley] Little Mick [Curtis] and Black Mick [Ted Cottingham] that got together most weekends an attended various functions.

Peter Moloney more commonly known as Spud died on 13 September 2018.

He will be buried on Monday 24th

  • MOLONEY. Peter Joseph (Spud). 26.05.1945 13.09.2018
  • Father and father-in-law of Shane and Simone.
  • Grandfather of Tehgan, Trey and Isaac.
  • Son of William and Margaret (Peg) (both dec. ).
  • Loved brother of John (dec.), Leo, Frances, Bernadette, Brendan
  • (George), Christine and their families.
  • Brother of Leo. Brother-in-law of Val.
  • Uncle to Michelle, Kerri, Wendy, Sue and Paul and their families.
  • Brother of Bernadette.
  • Brother of Frances and Michael Johnstone (dec. ).
  • Uncle of Nicole, Wayne and Cass.
  • Great- uncle of James.
  • Brother of Christine and Joe Buttigieg.
  • Uncle of William, Steph and Brendan.

Rest In Peace. Catch Ya After Mate.

Frank s Sullivan sent this note:-

Hi Michael

The good Lord has called another of our great  Marist Brothers old Boys up to his kingdom in Ray Beare

I have the sad news that my great friend and brother in law Peter Kenny passed away suddenly  while on holidays in Cairns on Wednesday 8th August .I started primary school in Woodend with  the Mercy Nuns with Peter some 76 years ago and we started at the Marist brothers in 1948 together

I think that you worked with Peter at the Victorian railways for some years .Peter was a wonderful golfer been club champion 12 times at Woodend .Peter’s death notice has not yet been put in the Papers .

Laurie O’Brien another Marist Brothers Old Boy died recently and is been buried tomorrow at Woodend

Kind Regards, Frank

Laurie O’Brien 

Subsequently Laurie O’Brien has been buried and passes into history.

Laurence Joseph “Banker”  O’Brien 6 died on 6 August

His attendance at school is verified, we have records of a L O’Brien competing in the 1948 boxing tournament against C Bowen.

If you can shed any light please let me know.

This may assist

KENNY. Peter James

Peter Kenny’s notice was published today.

KENNY. Peter James Passed away suddenly in Innisfail, QLD on 8th August 2018

  • Beloved husband of Patricia (Rose) Loving father of Kaylene, Brendan, Kevin, Christopher, Raymond and Shane; and loved father in law of Dave, Donna, Belinda, Trish and Lisa!
  • Loved Grandad of Joel, Kate, James, Luke, Ellie, Raena and Corey!

When family chains are broken, nothing is the same, But God takes us one by one, He links the chain again Rest in Peace

Frank was right about working at Victorian Railways. At one stage the Claims Office was like a class of Marist Brother’s boys. Len and Jim Dwyer, Kevin Lynch, Kevin Willey and me. As well Kevin Peck not an Old Boy was also there.

Our sincere condolences are extended.

Ray Beare

With extreme sadness advice was received that Ray Beare passed away on Monday 13 August and will be farewelled at a Funeral Mass on Friday 17th at Our Lady of the Rosary church at 11.30am.

BEARE. Ray. 2.8.1940 – 13.8.2018 Passed away peacefully at RM Begg Kyneton, surrounded by family. Dearly loved husband of Veronica. Cherished father and father-in-law of Virginia and Adam, John and Jacquie, Kate and Murray, Justin and Felicity, Damian and Lynn. Much loved Pa of Tessa, Emily and Maddy; Chloe, Abbey and Sophie; Lachlan, Jack and Maggie; Nick, Julia, Carter and Nathan; Milly and Rosie.

Ray, along with his wife Veronica returned to Kyneton after retiring from a career in banking. His connection runs deep into the history of Kyneton and the Old Boys association. Veronica was one of the Pattison clan that extended the Kyneton connection far and wide. [See inset]

BEARE. Ray. Dearly loved brother-in-law of Margaret and Don and Kaye Kennedy (all dec. ), Tom (dec. ) and Betty Pattison, Jack and Yvonne Pattison, Pat and Kevin (dec. ) Callanan, Sr. Carmel Pattison (dec. ), Mary and Gordon Clarke and Bob Taylor (dec. ), Aileen and Leon Fallon, Brenda (dec. ) and Brian Turley, Moira (dec. ) and George Lund and Mary Dorey. Loved uncle Ray to their families.

Ray’s talents as a sportsperson did not get him into the annuals of sports records; but in 1955 he placed third to Rom Keegan and Brian Kays in the 220 yards race. Later he teamed with Brian Kays to place second to Rom Keegan and Noel Muir in the Siamese Race. Frank Crowe and Mick Halley could only watch on form third place.

Our condolences are with the families of person who will be sorely missed.

Mary Walsh

In Nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Mary Walsh the wife of our colleague Frank [The Honourable [Retired]. Mary was appointed as an Honorary Member of the Association several years ago.

Mary was cremated privately after a funeral mass at St Therese’s in Essendon on 20 June 2018.

WALSH (Busch). Mary Bernadette. Went to her God on 13th June 2018, aged 83 years young, at St Vincent s Private Hospital. Beloved wife of Frank.

  • Mother of Anne, Peter, Matthew, Andrew, Tess, Simon, Fiona, Veronica and Jim. Mother-in-law of Frank, Monica, Sophia, Gabrielle, Zemeel, Millie, Lee and Kellie.
  • Sister of Kevin and Brenda (dec.).
  • Grandmother of Jake, Sam, Josh, Scarlett; Francis, Ned, Violet; Finn, Luella; Umaya, Isabella, Mischa: Zara and Max.
  • Friend to everyone. Loved and in our hearts forever.

Many thanks to Dr Hang Quach and staff at St Vincent s Private and Fr. Brian Cosgriff.

Tom Walsh

It is with deep regret that we advise the passing of Tom Walsh

The death of Tom on Tuesday 17 April 2018 is possibly the closing of a chapter in the history of the Marist Brothers Old Boys.

One hundred and fifty Old Boys attended the school’s 21st birthday party in August 1947 when the Association was formed. Among the old boys who attended the celebrations were Bernard Brain, Jack Cuddihy, Frank O’Leary, Frank Elliott, Gerald Skehill, Bill Skehill, Kevin Beare, Hugh McCarthy, Don McCarthy, Leo Walsh, Bernard Walsh, Tom Reniets, Joe Reniets, Jim Cox, Tom O’Connor, Ron Welch, Joe Halloran, Gerald G. McKenna, Jack Willmott, Frank Brady, Hubert Vereker, Clem Vereker, Ian Vereker, Michael Donovan, Jack Sullivan, J. Shilliday, Dave Donaldson, Ted Bevans, Brendan McCarthy, Bill Plowman, Jim Kelly, Jack Barker, Tom Walsh, Jim Duggan, Jim Barry, Joe O’Brien, Martin Walsh.

With the passing of Jack Willmott and Jim Duggan last year Tom was the only one of the above named that we believed to be still alive.

WALSH. Thomas Patrick. Departed peacefully at his lifelong home ‘Railway Farm’ on April 17, 2018, aged 91 years.

Loving husband of Mary Walsh (nee Morgan), father of Thomas, Patrick, Eamon, Matthew, David, Caroline, Denis, Simon and Madelene and grandfather to 21 children. May he rest in peace

Committee and members of the Irish Australian Support and Resource Bureau

send our condolences to Mary and family. Ar dheis de go raibh a anam

Tom was honoured with a Funeral Mass at St Mary Magdalen’s Church, Bridge St Trentham on MONDAY,  and was then buried at the Tylden Cemetery

In Time of Sorrow… Irish Blessing
May you see God’s light on the path ahead
When the road you walk is dark.
May you always hear,
Even in your hour of sorrow,
The gentle singing of the lark.
When times are hard may hardness
Never turn your heart to stone,
May you always remember
when the shadows fall –
You do not walk alone.

Jack Pattison sent this note:- Tom was a warm friend to me.  He came to the Brothers in 1942-3 and we did Sub inter and Intermediate together.  I went on to Kilmore for my Leaving and Tom returned to the property as he was the only son with two older sisters.  We always kept in touch.  I reckon that Tom was close to 91 when he passed away.   Leon and Aileen filled me in on the Requiem and aftermath. [Leon Fallon married Jack’s sister Aileen]

Richard Thomas 03.03.1931 12.03.2018

With deep regret we advise the passing of Richard Thomas [Richie] Doyle who died on 1 March 2018 and will be buried on March19.

DOYLE. Richard Thomas.  Passed away peacefully at Bupa Kyneton, aged 87 years.

  • Dearly loved husband of Rita for 66 years.
  • Loving father of Deanne, Sheryn, Christine and Glenn; father-in-law to Paul, Nat and Colin
  • Grandfather to Martin, Genelle, Damien, Kym, Ashley, David, Nicole and their partners; Great-Grandpa of nine; and brother of Bryan and Barry (dec).

‘See Ya’ A special thanks to all the Carers and Nurses at Bupa and Dr. Lorna for their wonderful care of Ritchie

DOYLE. The Funeral Service for the late Mr Richard Thomas Doyle will be held at the Thomas J. Scott Memorial Chapel, 5 Piper St, Kyneton at 10.30 a. m. on MONDAY (March 19, 2018). A Private Cremation will follow

Richie is recorded in our newspaper clippings for the years 1944 and 45 when he was a young teenager.

Times were certainly different those days, during the war. The school teams were not in the traditional colours but were A.I.F—R.A.A.F and R.A.N.

Also, swimming competency was part of the curriculum! Richie and other boys many of whom are recorded on our Honour Roll and some that we know are still alive were presented with certificates. In total 75 certificates were presented in May and it was noted that “every possible pupil in the college is a certificated swimmer” and “unparalleled by any other college of similar style [as far as is known]”

But his prowess as a footballer is reordered in a long story that would knock Rex Hunt’s commentary into a cocked hat. “Woodend attacked repeatedly only to find Elderfield, G Gellion and Doyle a strong defence” Final score Kyneton 8 goals 6 behinds Woodend 6 goals 11behinds.

Next year at the sports day Ritchie won the under 14 100 and 200 yards races.

FINCK. Harold Clive 15.10.1939 – 23.02.2018

Harry Finck passed away on 23rd February 2018 and his life was celebrated at a Funeral Mass on March 1st.  This was held at St Joseph’s Chelsea and afterwards there was a private cremation.

Beloved father of Victoria and Jolyon. Partner of Thais.

Missed by many, raise a glass or racquet in remembrance

Grateful thanks to all at Mary Mackillop Aged Care

FINCK. Harold (Harry). Passed away peacefully 23rd February, 2018

In loving memory of my partner Harry, we shared a wonderful life together which we both cherished. Love you always, Thais.

At school he was the tallest boy in our class but his long steps did not allow him to pass Ray Evans and Mick Law in the 100 yards at our sports Day in November 1955.

Harry’s father Clive was manager at the Kyneton Butter factory until moving onto the milk factory in Chelsea Heights. Harry was a member of the State Bank Retired Officers Club


Thanks for the advice on Harry Finck passing away.

Harry was a long term member of the Kooyong Tennis Club  where I met him on a couple of occasions, when I was socializing there with my brother in law Peter Smyth.

Regards—————Frank Hanrahan.

Peter “Dookie” Doyle

At the grand age of ninety Peter “Dookie” Doyle peacefully passed away on Wednesday 7 February 2018

Prayers for the Repose of his Soul will be offered at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Ebden Street, Kyneton on TUESDAY (Feb. 13, 2018) at 10.30 a.m. A burial at the Kyneton Cemetery will follow.

Peter was much respected by Kyneton people and had a long history with the Fire Brigade. Way back in 1982 he was awarded the Gold Star Award, a prestigious award presented by the Victorian Fire Brigades that recognizes substantial contribution to that organization over more than 30 years.

The newspaper carried more condolence notices than many high profile “celebrities”. Truly the mark of the man.

[As reported in the Kyneton Guardian]

On an unknown Thursday afternoon in 1941 the Marist Brothers annual sports day commenced with two three miles cross country events. The course lay on the western and south western fringe of the town along the hills and valleys bordering the Campaspe River, necessitating water jumps and a little rough track work.

Red, blue and gold singlets gave a splash of colour to the landscape as students handicapped into nine grades essayed the three miles.

The results of the cross countries are not recorded but in the afternoon Peter Doyle won the Wm Hartigan Junior Challenge Cup. Peter won the 100 yards in 12 seconds, the 220 yards in 30 seconds and the 800 yards in an unrecorded time. In all events Kevin Boswell came in second. Peter cleared 4 foot 1 and ½ inches to win the high jump ahead of equal second placers Brendan McCarthy, Jim Hughes and the gallant Kevin Boswell.

Peter not only beat the above mentioned boys but outlived them until he passed away on Wednesday 7 February 2018.

WALSH. Maurice Joseph

WALSH. Maurice Joseph. Passed away on January 24, 2018 at Royal Melbourne Hospital Dearly loved son of Jack and Nora (both dec.

  • Brother and brother-in-law to Peggy (dec.) and Bill, John (dec.) and Dorothy.
  • Uncle to Christopher, Josephine & Stefan, Damian & Anne, Stephen & Marina, Peter & Tamara, Veronica & David and Maree.
  • Great-uncle to Ada, Henry, Archie, Mercy and Lucy. A gentle soul reunited with his family

Maurice’s Funeral Mass was offered at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Ebden St, Kyneton on Feb 1, 2018. He was. Burial at the Kyneton Lawn Cemetery with a number of Old Boys present.

John Walsh who predeceased Maurice was also an Old Boy .

Neil John Evans 

We recently learnt that Neil John Evans died on 24 June 2017 and was buried on the 28th at Kyneton Lawn Cemetery. A native of Trentham Neil married Maree O’Dea sister of commitee members Tom and Jack.

HYSLOP. Frederick James 12.2.1933 – 10.1.2018

Whist Freddy Hyslop did not attend the brothers school he was an associate member of the Old Boys association so with regret we mark his passing.

Passed away peacefully at RM Begg Kyneton

Dearly loved son of the late Hugh and Fan. Dearly loved brother and brother-in-law of Jessie and Frank (dec.), Hugh and Janet, and Ken (dec.). Loving uncle and friend of Russell (dec.), Leigh and Anne, Joanne and Peter.

Rest Peacefully Fred

Sincere thanks to Mel Lamden and all the staff at RM Begg for their wonderful and dedicated care and friendship to Fred.

It is with sadness that we advise the passing of “Mrs Ramy”. Kath was frequently the host of monthly meetings and always provided a sumptuous sponge for supper.

Mrs Ramsdale was awarded a Life Membership of the Old Boys in 2014 for her continued support.

Jack is a stalwart of the Association and has held many executive positions including President.


RAMSDALE. Kathleen Teresa (Kath) Passed away peacefully at RM Begg Aged Care on December 26, 2017 aged 91 years. Much loved wife of Jim (dec.).

Loving mother of Carmel, Phil and Jack. Always loved and remembered

RAMSDALE. The Funeral Mass for the Repose of the Soul for the late Mrs. Kathleen Teresa (Kath) Ramsdale will be offered at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Ebden St Kyneton on TUESDAY (Jan. 2, 2018) at 10.30 am.

Our condolences are with Jack, Carmel and Phil.

The Funeral Mass for James Joseph [Jim] Barron was held at the Kyneton Church of the Holy Rosary on 11 November 2017, and a bumper crowd filled the church and overflowed to the courtyard.

Even without friends and distant relations the immediate family of five children, their spouses and the nineteen [19] grandchildren there was an assured congregation. Amongst those who came to farewell Jim were over forty Marist Brothers Old Boys where Jim gained his education and the commencement of an interesting life. They formed a guard of honour as the lone piper lead the coffin bearers from the church.

During the service where Jim was given the full Catholic farewell service many snippets of Jim and his wife of 52 years Elaine’s life together were revealed. Setting the scene was a procession of grandchildren who placed symbols that summed up Jim Barron in a material sense. Tennis was a passion so a tennis racquet was placed, his global search and collection of stamps was not missed. Apparently the only conflict in the marriage was the homing of white cats. As in any good marriage compromise beats conflict and Jim finally accepted a toy white cat to pet. Gamble responsibly seemed to pass Jim by as his passion for the punt was legendary. The final placement was a stockwhip that reinforced Jim’s understanding and love of the Australian bush and the activities within.

Most were aware of Jim’s failing health over many years which although debilitating did not stop he and Elaine travelling the world. He had amassed many medicines and used a shoe box to hold them and this box travelled wherever they went.

It was no secret that Jim Barron was a hard-nosed negotiator in business undertakings and that fact was mentioned a couple of times during the service. As stated earlier Jim’s education was by the Marist Brothers and these were the men that shaped the lives of all boys that passed through the portal.

A number of Jim’s classmates were on hand to reflect and it became clear that even at school Jim was competitive.  In the year of 1950 Jimmy Barron and Mick Law battled all day at the annual sports event.  Mick was successful in all events they contested with Jimmy being second, but in the under eleven 100 yards race Mick Law broke the school record.  We don’t know the time Jimmy ran to be second, but let’s say within the time between the old and the new! The new record was 13 and three fifths of a second. They competed in the broad jump, cross country, the 100 yards and 220 yards. When the results were in the under eleven championship resulted in Mick Law first, Jimmy Barron second and Ray Evans in third.

One of grandchildren told of Jim’s sometimes exaggeration of how far he walked to school. Barrons lived in Edgecombe Street, the Flemings on a farm beyond and the Halleys on Pipers Creek Road. Mick Halley used to walk over to Flemings where Brian would be finishing off milking the family cow. They would then go across the paddock and collect Jim Barron and from there head for school sometimes collecting the Crowe brothers.

So as the sun beat down on the assembly at the Kyneton Lawn Cemetery Jim Barron was laid to rest, the close of his life and a chapter in Kyneton’s history arrived.

BARRON James Joseph It is with great sadness we say our farewell to Jim, who passed away suddenly at home 04.03.1939 – 05.11.2017 78 years

Loving husband of Elaine. Proud father of Christopher, Kym, Shaun, Natalie & Ashley. Loving father- in-law of Robyn, John, Elaine, Colin & Dianne. Loving Pa of Ebony, Jade, Skye, Mia, Taylor, Darby, Regan, Connor, Breanna, Indi, Jake, Matthew, Samuel, Nicolas, Jessica, Tasha, Kane, Claire & Roxie.

The angels came from Heaven, they saw you weren’t the best. They decided to take you with them, so you could finally rest. You looked so very peaceful, laying as you slept. So we kissed you goodbye and with the angels you left. You are now safe in the arms of the Lord. I will love you and miss you forever. Your loving wife, Elaine (Naine) In God’s Care

We have not previously reported the death of Brian Cushen who died on 26 November 2016 and was buried at Romsey.

Vice President Brian Fleming represented the Old Boys as well as syaing good bye to a former client of Brain Fleming Merchandise.

Brain Cushen farmed at his family holdings at Springfield and was active with the local bowls club. e-tributes can be found on the T J Scott web site.

BARKER. Raymond Joseph. Entered Eternal Life, suddenly at home on the farm, on Aug. 27, 2017. Aged 88. Loving husband of Monica (dec. ) and much loved Dad to Michael and Lesley, Helen and Ray, Chris and Helen, Marg and Peter. Grandpa to Warren and Rachel, Bridie and Chris, Keiran; and Millie. ‘Monica’s taken me by the hand and led me home’

Ray’s funeral was held on 6 September and he is buried at Woodend.

Many tributes were published in the newspapers indicating that Ray had kept the faith and contributed to the local community.

DUGGAN James Joseph (Jim) Passed away peacefully on 23rd September 2017 at Westmont Homestead, Baranduda, aged 91 years. Devoted and loving husband to Kath, proud and loved father to Brendan, Christopher, Philip and Iain, respected father in-law to Asfia, Sonya and Deanna. Grandpa and Jimpop to Adam, Jack, Chloe, Stella, Layla and William. Will be sadly missed. A tireless worker for charities and remembered by many local students and teachers. Go with God

Published in The Border Mail on Sept. 27, 2017

Jim who ,when at school lived at Gisborne, was one of the young men that attended the school’s 21st birthday celebrations in August 1947.At that meeting the Old Boys association was formed.

Frank Hanrahan has been a friend of Jim for many years and will attend the Funeral Mass tomorrow as our representative.

There is a photograph of a Marist Brothers school football team in 1940. Jim Duggan features in it along with others now listed in our deceased old boys roll.

Jack Patterson is [as far as we can determine] the only one of the team still available to pull on the shorts.

McPHERSON. James William (Jim). Passed away peacefully at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne on August 25, 2017. Aged 64 years.

Dearly loved husband of Rosa. Loved son of the late Mary and Arch McPherson. Loved brother of Laurie (dec. ), Mary (Farrell), Therese (McFarlane), Bernadette, Josephine, Marita and Geraldine (Jackson) and their families. Requiescat in Pace

In accordance with family wishes a Private Funeral was held on 30 August

Gary Francis Thorsen was born on 15th January 1953 but unfortunately cancer cut his life short on 22 July 2017. On 26th July over 100 relatives and friends assembled at the Pine Lodge Cemetery near Shepparton were Gary lived.

We learnt that “Uncle Gary” as he demanded to be called could be classified and fitting somewhere between Crocodile Dundee and Harry Cooper. He was a much travelled bushy with birds and animals being a major focus of his life’s enjoyment. A dog was his constant companion, but his big English Sheep Dog called Albert also had a bit of larrikin about it.

Gary did not marry Jenny Ann until 2005 so his family extension was mainly through a very large number of nieces and nephews. His siblings Denise, John, Glen and Frankie together with their children were at the farewell. Daniel, Paul, Simon and Thomas (John) Rory and Bridie [Glen] Michael and David [Denise]

Some of Uncle’s more memorable escapades were related but may best be left with the congregation, not that they were evil. Devilish is an apt adjective.

Gary is now resting close to his mother Myrtle [Cottingham] and father Frank. The celebrant suggested that friends reflect on the words:-

“My spirit is free but I will never depart, as long as you keep me alive in your heart”

It is with deep sadness that we advise the passing of Mary Madden the mother of several Old Boys. We reported the death of one of her sons Phillip in February last year.

Mary and her daughter-in -law Moira were guests at our 70th anniversary dinner. Mary and her contemporises were noted reminiscing throughout the day. There was some banter between Mary and Jack Willmott about their respective ages.

President Peter Law stated “she was a very wise woman a great cook like all the mums of her time”.

MADDEN (nee Dwyer), Mary. On June 27, 2017 at R M Begg, Kyneton Loved daughter of the late Patrick and Catherine Dwyer and sister of Bridget, Johanna, Patrick, Michael, Elizabeth, Kath and Gerard (all dec. ). Loved sister-in-law of Graci Dwyer. Dearly loved wife of the late Francis, (dec. ). Loving mother and mother-in-law of Frances and Paul, Helen and Trevor, Mick and Val, Laurie and Debbie, Phillip (dec. ) and Rosa, Christine, Gerard and Cath, Moira and Detlef, Stephen and Pauline. Loved granny and great granny of 22 grandchildren and their partners and 14 great grandchildren. Loved and cherished always

Also we also have advice of the death of Laurie “Tozza” Bowen on 20th of June. Laurie was buried at Woodend on 27th June.

BOWEN. Laurie ‘Tozza’. 8.2.1950 – 20.6.2017 Much loved husband of Judy. Loving father of Tanya and Hayden. Adoring Pa of Darsh, Arden, Lexi and Tash. Big brother to Graeme and Lorena. Loving father-in-law of Anthea and Billy. A selfless, caring and strong man, uniquely hilarious, will be sadly missed and forever in our hearts. Rest in Peace Dearly loved husband of Judy for 43 years I will miss you so much my other half

It is with deep regret that we record the death of our long time member and tireless worker Jack Willmott. Jack was a Life Member and immediate Past Secretary, a position he held for many years.

A photograph of Jack conducting secretarial tasks is included in our photo gallery under Testimonials on the web site.

Jack was one of thirty-seven past pupils that assembled in Kyneton on the first weekend of August 1947 to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Marist Brothers coming to Kyneton. It was on this weekend that the Kyneton Marist Brothers Old Boys Association was formed. Jack continued his involvement right up until the time of his death on 8th June 2017.

At our 70th Anniversary reunion luncheon Jack delivered the Alma Mater and reminded the assembly about the good works of the Brothers over the forty years that they taught at Kyneton. He also spoke about the general community benefits derived from catholic education and the ongoing charitable works of the Old Boys. Jack’s last official engagement was to attend the 2017 Annual Reunion Mass on 29 January.

One of Jack’s claims to fame was that he was not only an Old Boy but eligible to be an Old Girl. He commenced his education at the co-ed Convent [long before it became fashionable] but when the Brothers opened the boy’s school he was transferred.

Jack is now in heaven with his dear friend and “pal” Leo Ramsdale. Those two old boys were conspicuous in every community activity in Kyneton over the last several decades. The likes of these “two Musketeers” will not be seen again. But the Old Boys that remain make valiant attempts to be a good as them at sausage sizzles and other activities.

WILLMOTT John William (Jack)  

Passed away peacefully on June 8, 2017 at Ray M Begg, Kyneton

Dearly loved husband of Eileen (dec.). Loving father of Frances, Patricia and John (dec.)!

Fond father-in-law of Terry (dec.), Peter and Jenny! Loved Pa of Karen and Trevor, Matthew (dec.), Nicole and Phil; Damian and Sam, Belinda and Andy; Kirstie and Ryan, Lisa, Andrew; and Angela.

Great Pa of Rachel; Terry, Ebony, Hannah, Lily and Denver; Bridie and Zara; Matilda, Violet, Harrison and Evie; Lucas, Crystal and Nathan

Loved and remembered always

Requiem Mass will be offered at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Ebden St, Kyneton on June 16, 2017 at 10.30 a.m. Burial at the Kyneton Lawn Cemetery will follow.

The death of Frank Crowe on 10 March 2017 at the age of 78 years and six months was unheralded by the Association save for the Old Boys who reside in Kyneton. Frank was buried on 15 March at the Kyneton Lawn Cemetery. His sister Pat and brothers John and Mick are left to mourn his passing.

Recently when the family was sorting through Frankie’s worldly possessions they came across a program for the fifth annual Boxing Tournament held on Tuesday 24 October 1950. The full program lists the then students and their matching for the tournament. [Gerry Bowe is also known to have a memento program]

As expected more than half a century on many of the combatants are deceased but a goodly number are still to go to the neutral corner. It was reported in the Kyneton Guardian “21 exhilarating bouts would have satisfied the most blasé of Melbourne boxing fans”

The reporter went on to fill two columns of the newspaper and covered the evening’s events in a manner that all readers would feel like they were in attendance. “A feature of the boxing bouts was almost the complete absence of clinches”—“From first to last it was a matter of standoff and punch hard”—“each winner had to fight hard for his victory, and the separating margin of all bouts was not more than two or three points”—Patrons appreciated clean good spirited fighting that had no room for “mamby pambys” [lacking energy, strength, or courage; weak or ineffectual].

Frank Crowe weighed in a pound lighter than his opponent John Ryrie who bounced out of the red corner at four stone 13 pounds [31.29kg]. The result is not recorded but the previous year Frank and John Carter drew whilst John Ryrie drew with John Barklem.

The Annual Boxing Tournament was a crowd drawer and pleaser and continued for some years but the last year it was staged is lost in history, however there was one in April 1963. It was reported that the referee on that occasion was unpopular. “Perhaps the greatest rumpus came when the referee awarded a bout to Dan Bowe over Peter Clarke.” “The decision was greeted by well-sustained booing (Wonder why?]

CROWE Frank 2.9.1939 – 10.3.2017 Passed away peacefully at Kyneton Loved brother and brother-in- law of Pat and Max (dec.), John, and Mick. Uncle of Lisa, Donna, Simone, Andrea, Rachel, Melanie and families. Gone Fishing

CROWE Francis Joseph V58381 3781685 Army The President, Committee and Members of Kyneton RSL mourn the passing of an esteemed Member. Condolences to the family LEST WE FORGET

We learnt that former committeeman Les Turner’s brother Colin died on April 7th

TURNER Colin Francis died on April 7, 2017 at Albury after a short illness.  Dearly loved eldest son of the late Frances and Colin Turner, loving brother and brother-in- law of Les and Joy, Maureen and Robert Mirrielees, Jennifer and Barry Oddy, Geoff and Paula and their families

Colin’s Funeral Service was held at St Patrick’s Church, Albury on April 13th and he was interred at Kyneton the same day.

John [Chiff] Barklem died on 21 November 2016 after a long battle with cancer.

He was buried in the Kyneton Lawn Cemetery on Monday 28th and a number of Old Boys were present.

President Peter Law and others visited him the week before he died and we gave him answers to his pressing questions.

Our only “good written record” is a compendium of paper clippings made by Brother Boniface during his times at the school.

But true to the “Aussie psychic” [or what drives us] only sporting endeavours are recorded.

In November 1949 [even Bonnie did not date things] at the Boxing and Wrestling tournament John Ryrie [4 stone 7lbs] drew with John Barklem [4 stone 11lbs].

In 1958 John Barklem fronted up for Semi-final of the tennis championship. Unfortunately Dennis Thompson beat him but you probably relished in his defeat in the final by Gerald Fleming.

Do you recall one evening when dad was diving you home from the football in Bendigo our team bus driver decided to overtake your vehicle?

Dad had some difficulty holding it steady and I can still recall the worried looks from the car until we passed.

I know you are in poor health but that you have a coterie of passionate and caring family and friends.

By all accounts he was most grateful and enjoyed reading the information.

BARKLEM. John Alfred. 28.4.1941 – 21.11.2016 Passed away at home surrounded by his family

Dearly loved husband of Joan for 51 years. Loving father to Julie, Jocelyn and Joseph. Father-in- law to Paul and friend to Brett and Glenda. Adored Pop of Dale, Malkara, Finn, Angus, Chantelle, Brodie-Lee, Jamie and partners Mistral, Steve and Kristian.

CLOHESY. Peter Leslie. 29.09.1943 – 15.11.2016

One of unsung heroes of the Old Boys battled some mystery and some defined illnesses over most of the past year. He had several hospital admissions but on Tuesday 15 November in Bendigo Hospital his battle finished.

Passed away at Bendigo Much loved husband of Maxine. Best mate and father of Leslie, Craig, Alison and Melinda. Father-in-law of Louise and Frances. Legendary grandfather to his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Peter hosted monthly meetings of the Committee in his man’s shed where the pot belly stove warmed the participants, particularly on the cold winter’s nights.

He was our “kitchen ruler” at our get together in the football clubrooms and particularly at our most successful reunion in January.

The committee had taken a decision to elevate Peter to Life Member to be presented at our forthcoming 2017 reunion.

In an historic salutation his Life Member plaque will be placed on his coffin during the memorial ceremony.

The Funeral Service for Peter Leslie Clohesy will be held at Quambi, Sacred Heart College, Kyneton (enter via Begg St) on SATURDAY (Nov. 26, 2016) at 11.00 a. m. Private Cremation

McCARTHY Francis Martin ‘Frank’

Frank McCarthy died on the 16th of September and was buried  in the Kyneton Lawn Cemetery after a Requiem Mass. Passed away after a short illness at R. M. Begg, Kyneton on Sept. 16, 2016, aged 83 years.

  • Much loved and devoted husband of Marg (dec.).
  • Loving father and father-in-law of John and Jenny, Brendan and Lynne, Margaret and Michael, Steve and Amanda, Kathryn and Kelvyn, Maurz and Peter! Much loved Pop of Joseph, Jessica; Sarah, Amy and Zoe; Aden, Finn, Mollie; Alex, Madeline; Shae and Mackenzie.
  • Great friend to his friends at Cobb Haven

We knew the time was coming, when we would have to say goodbye. Our hearts are filled with sadness, but memories will never die. Rest peacefully Frank, in some place green, some place nice, and some place that’s called paradise. Reunited with Mum

A very special thanks to all the wonderful staff at R. M. Begg for their wonderful care of Frank.

Laurie [Frizz] and Irene Marshall’s daughter in-law Jan died on 10 August.

MARSHALL. Jan. 10.8.1953 – 13.8.2016 Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family Much loved wife of Gerrard (Frizz). Loving mother and mother-in-law of Melissa and Daniel; and Adam (dec. ). Cherished Nana of Summer. Sadly Missed Forever in our Hearts

MAHER. Thomas Edward (Brother Oswald) 22.9.1926 – 24.7.2016 Passed away peacefully at Box Hill Hospital after a short illness Beloved son of Victor James and Anne Catherine, late of Pakenham, brother of Matthew, Sheila, Greg, Patrick (all dec. ) and loved brother of John, Victor and Frances. Marist Brother for 70 years Rest in Peace

Brother Tom was our pastoral adviser for over 25 Years and came down from Bendigo almost every month to attend meetings.

He was a wealth of knowledge and  a true friend.

Tom took the opportunity to move to sunny Queensland around five years ago .

But he still kept in touch.

As recently as two weeks ago Peter Law and Tom had a long chat on the phone!

Please keep Tom in your prayers.

A copy of Brither Mark Needham’s eulogy to Tom is on the Testimonials page.

Des Dridan died just 16 days after his wife Patricia May [Ramsdale]  to whom he was married for 64 years.

DRIDAN. Desmond James. 12.4.1931 – 22.6.2016 Passed away peacefully at R. M. B. Aged Care, Kyneton Dearly loved husband of Pat (dec. ). Adored father of Carole and Vicki. Much loved father-in-law of John and Graham. Loved and treasured Pa of Belinda and Geoff, Glenn, Elisha and Michael, Matthew (in Heaven), Adam and Chen, Luke and Vanessa, Abbie and Keith, and cherished Great Pa Pa of Lola, Will and Bella. After only 16 days of being apart, our beloved Dad has been reunited with the love of his life, Mum. R. I. P. Dad and Mum Now in God’s Eternal Care Sincere thanks to Dr Lorna and the wonderful caring staff at R. M. Begg.

The Requiem Mass for the Repose of the Soul of Des was offered at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church on July 1, 2016. A burial at the Kyneton Cemetery followed.

Despite the typical Kyneton weather a number of Old boys and Bowls Club members formed a guard of honour.

Also some information about another deceased Old Boy that has just come to hand.

Message from President Peter Law follows:-

At Mick Crowe’s funeral scotty and I met up with  Frank Coman and Terry Howard both old boys who we haven’t seen for years

I enquired to Terry re his younger brother who also attend the school and he informed me of his tragic death 30 odd years ago when he and his motorbike went under the back wheels of a semi… could you enter  Peter Howard to the ever growing list….Terry and Peter’s father Jack was the line foreman and my boss when I started on the PMG lines staff….PH

Teddy Clohessy died on Saturday 18 June 2016.

CLOHESY. Edward John ‘Ted’ Passed away on June 18, 2016 Aged 77 years Loved husband of Gwen, father and father-in-law of Brian (dec. ), Robert and Kadi. Loving Pop to Mitchal and Nate. Rest in Peace.

The coldest day for the year was set down for the funeral service of Ted Clohesy at Maryborough. Even the Kyneton contingent were rugged up against the elements, and each related the temperature when they left home and along the way. Places not many miles away had reasonably heavy snowfalls but rain was all that arrived at Maryborough.

The service was held in St Augustine Church and at the Maryborough Lawn Cemetery. As the congregation assembled in the church those already seated felt the polar blast when the doors were opened. It rained heavily whilst the church service was held but at the cemetery the sky was blue and the sun actually shone.

A comment was made by one lady that she had never seen so many men at a funeral. This is a truism as the work colleagues and other community members who knew Ted turned out in droves to say farewell. His remaining brothers, Mick, Pat and Peter were present to support his widow Gwen, son Robert and the extended family which made three generations.

The celebrant related information about “Ted the Tradesman’ and how he was able to materialise solutions to mechanical problems both in word and action. After starting his working life at the Lincoln Mills in Kyneton, Ted moved to Melbourne for a time, and finally settled at Maryborough where he joined McPherson Printing Group.

Brother Pat, on behalf of the family, related some of the early exploits of the Clohesy family of Mills Street Kyneton. It was quite obvious that the eldest Ted was the ring leader in boyhood exploits that included not only his but other notable Kynetonian families.

A least fifty cars joined the funeral procession to the cemetery and then onto the Carisbrook Recreation Centre for refreshments. The family was able to chat with people who knew Ted and had stories to tell. It was not only the warmth of the indoors that kept folks in attendance until close to nightfall. As each journeyed home whether near or far they would have their own personal reflections of Ted and none of them would be bad memories.

CROWE. Bryan Michael. Passed away on June 15, 2016 at Narre Warren South Aged 67 years Loved son of Bryan (dec.) and Joan. Loved brother of Janette, Anthony, Bernadette, Denis, Peter, Eileen, Francis, Margaret and Anne-Marie and their families.  Proud and loving father of Michelle and her family; loving and loved partner of Debbie and proud and loving father of Erin and Bethany. May eternal light shine upon him Rest in Peace

A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at the Bendigo Funeral Centre Chapel, 29 Miller St, Bendigo on TUESDAY (June 21, 2016) commencing at 11 a. m. The Funeral Cortege will leave at the conclusion of the Service for the Runnymede Cemetery arriving approximately 12.45 p. m. BENDIGO FUNERALS Simon Mulqueen 5444-0400

Brian was awarded a Lifesaving Award in 1961. He [and other awardees] had to swim continuously over 110 yards using, overarm, side stroke, and breast stroke. Also effect releases from three different clutches, dive for an object in six feet of water, tread water for 20 seconds with hands held above the water and finally rescue a person over 20 yards using three different methods.

The battle with dementia came to an end for Des Trewhella on 9 June. Des like many Old Boys joined the then Post Master General and became a telephone linesman. He was a close friend of Gerry Danaher who advised:-

“Peter “Dookie” Doyle was a lifelong friend of Des.  He used to occasionally spend a few days with Des & Flo before ill-health put an end to it.

Des had been on a downhill slide for some time; with dementia finally bringing his demise.

He spoke highly of Brother Francis (Chubby) who used to visit the Trewhella home in Ebden Street, down in that very leafy area.”

Gerry will represent the Old boys at the funeral on June 17 at Beechworth.

TREWHELLA. Desmond James 25.07.1930 – 9.06.2016 Late of Beechworth passed away peacefully at The Acacias Beechworth Health Service. Loving husband of 62 years to Florence!  Father of Ian, Bernard, Pauline, Neil, Kerry, Catherine (dec.), Helen, Brian and their spouses. Grandfather of 14, Great grandfather of 8! Rest in Peace – miss you forever. Your loving wife Flo.

We are advised that Frank Buckley attended the school. His late brother Jack is also on our honour roll of deceased Old Boys.

BUCKLEY. Francis Patrick (Frank) 2.9.1931 – 8.6.2016 Passed away at St Vincent’s Hospital Loved husband of Jessie for 61 years, dearly loved father of Russell (dec.), Leigh and Joanne. Loved father-in-law of Anne and fond friend of Peter. Son of the late John and Nessie Buckley and brother of Jack (dec.). Brother-in-law of Fred, Hugh and Janet and Ken (dec.) Hyslop. A life well lived A rest well earned

With deep regret we advise the passing of Violet Isabella [Vi] Ramsdale wife of the late Leo and mother of Chris and Paul.

Vi was born on 20th April 1934 to the Mudford family and was sister of Ron who predeceased her. She wrote a history of the Catholic Church in Kyneton and district entitled St Mary’s Mission Kyneton.

The funeral service details are:-

The Funeral Mass for Violet Isabella Ramsdale will be offered at Our lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Ebden St, Kyneton on FRIDAY (May 20, 2016) at 10.30 a. m. Burial at the Kyneton Lawn Cemetery will follow

Our sincere condolences to Chris and Paul together with the extended family

It is with deep regret we advise of the passing of Terence Peter [Terry] Rahill

Terry passed away at St Vincent’s Hospital, Lismore, NSW on Apr. 23, 2016

Loved eldest son of Gerard and Margaret Rahill (both dec. ) of East Trentham. Dearly loved brother of Peter and Geraldine, fond brother-in- law of Pauline and Colin, adored uncle of Michael, Anne and Jane, and families.

Funeral Service to be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Brunswick Heads NSW, on FRIDAY (Apr. 29, 2016) commencing at 1.30 p. m.

Terry is mentioned in the sports records having won the under 13 100 and 220 yards in 1953 and placed in most events in 1954.

It is noted that when checking the records how many of Terry’s class mates have also died.

We also acknowledge  Clare Mary Kelly [O’Brien] 

Passed away on Apr. 15, 2016 Aged 80. Beloved wife of Des  (dec.). Adored mother of Stephen, Anthony, John and Maree. Mother-in-law to Gayle, Belinda, Kym and Greg; Nana to Aaron, Samantha; Bridie, Eliza, Madeline; Mia, Taylor, Darby, Regan; Isabella and Gabriel

Mrs. Kelly’s funeral was held on  Tuesday 26 April at Trentham and was attended by many past and present residents of Trentham and district.

ROWE, Terry Francis – Passed away peacefully at the Mildura Base Hospital, on March 28, 2016, aged 77 years. Loved and loving husband of Beryl. Loving father and father-in-law of Natasha and Warren; Anthony and Kelly. Grandad to Aston, Jensen, Milla, Angus, Aylah and Charlie.

Terry’s funeral Mass at Mildura on Wednesday 6 April 2016. See also Information about our Mates page!!

PHILLIP MADDEN son of Frank and Mary passed away on February 21st at Mildura.

He is being buried on Monday February 29th from the Chapel of North West Funerals at Mildura. Service commences 11.00am.

Phillip was 63 years old and attended the school with his brothers Michael, Laurie and Stephen.

His mother Mary was a guest at our 70th anniversary celebration on 24 January.

MADDEN. Phillip John. Passed away in Mildura on February 21, 2016 aged 63 years. Husband of Rosa Maria. Father and father in-law of Phil and Sherrin; Vinny and Kate; and Meredith. Poppy of Dustin, Elsie, Violet, Pip and Eddy

Jack Pattison a graduate in 1944 responded to our invitation to the reunion. He advised that Barrie O’Brien was at the school in early 1950s.

O’BRIEN John Barrie 11.8.1932 – 22.9.2015 Passed away peacefully on Sept. 22, 2015 Aged 83 Years Loving husband of Beverley (dec.). Cherished father of Kim, Peter and Matthew!  Loved grandfather of Rebecca, James, Jordan, Ashleigh, Bonnie and great- grandfather of Sophie!

Barry joined the Victoria Police and served with distinction. Police Command placed this condolence message in the Herald Sun:-

O’BRIEN. John Barrie. Detective Senior Sergeant (Retired).  Assistant Commissioner Stephen Fontana, Executive Management Team and all members of Crime Command regret the passing of former colleague John Barry O’Brien (83). A valued member of the Homicide Squad who gave many dedicated years of service to Victoria Police! We extend our heartfelt condolences to John’s family and friends at this sad time

The long suffering came to an end on 7 December when Kevin Francis Sundblom sucummed to his many cancers that had consumed his body.

SUNDBLOM. Kevin Francis (Sunny) 9.10.1932 – 7.12.2015 Loving husband of Jarlath for 58 years. Very proud father of Ann and Gary, Susan, Fiona and Bruce, Lisa and Stephen, Owen and Vicki and friend to Peter. Cherished Poppy Kev to 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. ‘Is that you Sunny?’

It has come to notice that Jim Bowe died in Adelaide  in September 2015:-

BOWE. James Francis (Jim). Passed away peacefully in Adelaide, aged 85 Eldest son of James and Frances (both dec. ). Brother to Jack, Tom (dec. ), Mary, Terry, Brian, Gerald ,Carmel [dec],Sheila, Margaret and Danny

NB Carmel  was a sister not Gerry’s wife.

It is with deep regret that we advise that Leo Law died on 3rd May 2015

The church was overflowing and St Marys Hall to where the service was relayed and played live on screens was also packed. His family members gave fond recollections of his life and participated in the community parts of the service.

Leo had requested a private cremation so when the funeral directors departed the venue changed to the Bowling Club. Due to a failure of the audio system the planned speakers were unable to continue. But there was plenty of time to mingle and talk about Leo. Darkness had arrived before the venue was being vacated.

Leo Law joined the Old Boys not long after leaving school. He remained a stalwart and was always willing to volunteer for any jobs asked of the Old Boys. He never took up an executive position on the Old Boys but was an avid supporter. Whether rebuilding father’s trailer or being camp cook at Torrumbarry his hand was first to be raised! Only recently Faye and Leo hosted a monthly committee meeting.

One memorable episode that he often recalled was at school. Brother Paul came in to the room and handed back our English Composition homework books. He remarked “Leo Law gets ten out of ten” ‘One for ingenuity and nine for Mick Halley who wrote it”.

In the records we have Leo first comes to prominence at the Annual Sports Day in 1950 when he was the Under 8 Champion. To achieve this he won the High and Broad Jumps, the Cross Country and both the 75 and 220 yard sprints. Bernie Kelly and Mick Clohesy filled the minor places in the Championship

In November 1951 Leo broke records in the Under 8 high jump by clearing 3 foot 5 inches [1.041 metres] and the Broad Jump of twelve feet [3.657metres]. He was also under 10 Champion in 1952.

The Old Boys acknowledge the school motto “Servabo Fidem”. The phrase translates to “I will keep the faith”. It is called divine faith when the one believed is God and human faith when the persons believed are human beings.

Leo had divine faith and spread human faith across the community. Many of the community will have personal knowledge of Leo keeping the faith. As people entered the church they walked on an example.  Leo took on the task to replace the carpet, and what a marvellous job it is.

So in Leo’s memory let us all consider how we may personally keep the faith! Rest in peace mate!!

Laurie [Laurence Joseph] Hart died at Merbein on 16 April 2015 in his seventy-fifth year. His wife

Patricia predeceased him. Our condolences are extended to his three children and extended family. Laurie was a fine athlete and was the champion in the under 13 team in 1953.

He won the 100 and 440 yard races. He obviously trained off as in 1954 he could only manage a second in the cross country. The late Jim Dwyer was the winner and Frank Crowe filled the minor place.

At the AGM on 25 January 2015 we were advised that Brother John Driscoll had recently died in his 100th year.

He was and Old Boy having attended the school in its very early days before taking up his vocation.

Gerald Daly whose father was a cousin of John Driscoll [Brother Ablel advised that the information provided was incorrect.

John actually passed away 17 January 1991 one day short of his 77th birthday. (DOB 18 January 1915 at Kyneton!). 

 He died at Orange Airport NSW after visiting Gerald Daly’s sister in Parkes NSW; he was on his way home to Somerton Park in South Australia where he had retired after many years at Red Bend Catholic College in Forbes NSW. 

He is buried in the Marist section of Kilmore Cemetery.

A few years ago, John Chalmers (formerly Brother Victor) advised that he was very much alive and residing at Torquay, although listed as deceased.  He had married Margaret after leaving the order.   Margaret advised that after a long illness his life ended on 2nd December.

Margaret advised the he was very pleased when advice about Kyneton and the Old Boys was received.

Brother Victor was Principal in 1958 along with Brothers Ambrose and Francis Clark.

Gerry Danaher and John corresponded by email. Gerry advised: –

“The day I visited, he was not at home and I spoke with his wife Margaret for several minutes”. “I would have attended his funeral on Saturday 6th December but I was at Corowa.”

Here is an extract from one of John’s letters to Gerry:-

I loved being at Kyneton and I have absolutely no doubt it was the Old Boys and their wonderful spirit that kept me going. They provided me with all the background that I needed and they were so supportive in every way.

The deaths occurred at the end of November of two Old Boys who attended the school in the early 1940s.

Raymond Joseph [Joe] Tyndall died on the 24th in the Kyneton Hospital. Around the same time Frank Thorsen who has lived at Shepparton for many years died of a sudden heart attack.

Both were close relatives of Judy Law [nee Boyer]. Joe was cousin and Frank an uncle by marriage to her aunty Myrtle [Cottingham]

In the sparse records of the school we find that in 1940 Joe Tyndall was the under 10 Champion at the Annual Sports day. He won the 50 yards sprint, the high jump at 3 foot 4 inches and the broad jump at 11 foot 6 inches. Frank Thorsen is mentioned several times in the write up of the football matches held in Bendigo against the local brothers school team. Sixty boys travelled by train to the city of Bendigo. Best not to record the results! An interesting comment about the home weekday matches. “Games will continue in the third term as long as the weather remains cold”.

Joe Tyndall was the winner of the Rawson Juvenile Cup for 1942. [Rawsons was one of three drapery stores in Kyneton]. On October 10th the annual sports day at Barkly Square the mile even was run. It was recorded that “Francis Thorsen was also not hard pressed in the under 14 division.” In 5 minutes 52 seconds he was ahead of E Walsh and B Ramsdale.

We were advised that Anthony [Tog] Moloney had died in early September 2014 but had requested a private funeral which was conducted soon after his passing.

Tog was one of the large family of Dennis [Dinny] and was predeceased by his brothers Kevin and Bernie also Old Boys. Tog inherited his nickname form his mother who was from the Tognolini family at Castlemeine.

Brother Arnold [Leo McVeigh] passed away at 4am on 22 June 2014 in hospital in Adelaide. Paul Gilchrist and other Brothers had been with him till after midnight.

Leo told them “I think I’ll be going to God tonight.” And he did. May he rest in peace.

Brother taught at Kyneton for a total of five years. First stint 1955 and 56 with Brothers Paul and Francis! He returned as Principal in 1965 and remained until 1967 when the school closed.

The eulogy delivered by Brother Mark  O’Connor is available on request.

 Our esteemed colleague Leo Ramsdale OAM died overnight on 15 June 2014

The church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary was filled to overflowing as the Mass of Thanksgiving was con celebrated by a plethora of Priests who supported Father Joe Rhys the Parish Priest.

The graveside was surrounded by more people than sometimes attended the Western Oval in support of the Bulldogs Leo’s favourite team!

Dianne Tresidder died after a prolonged illness. Dianne was a continued supporter of the Old Boys after Kevin died.

Dianne was the daughter of Reg Costello [one of Kyneton’s butchers] and sister of Ray. She and Kevin had three children and retired to Malmsbury some years ago.

She died on 6 May 2014 and was buried at the Kyneton Lawn Cemetery on the twelfth.

Wayne Allan “Bluey” Marshall died on 25th March 2014 at the young age of 59.

The funeral Service to celebrate his life will be held at the Kyneton Town Hall (129 Mollison St) on MONDAY (March 31) at 1.30 p. m. A burial at the Kyneton Lawn Cemetery will follow

Family bereavement notice and tribute is in the Herald Sun today [Friday 28th March 2013]

At the 2014 AGM advice was received Ron Bowyer died in America recently. {as yet unconfirmed]

Our mate Ken Roberts know at school as Marble Head died in September at the age of 74 and was cremated after a funeral service on the 26th. Ken’s brother Norm also an Old Boy died quite some time ago. His wife June predeceased him but their four children and ten grandchildren live onto remember one of our true characters.

Ken achieved some notoriety back in the late fifties when he lost in denture at the old swimming weir on the Campaspe River. Some of his friends decided overnight to drain the weir. This brought much adversity to the town but the denture was never found.

  Frank McInerny died on 17 December 2013 after battling prostate cancer. His funeral was held on Monday 23 December.

Frank is mentioned in the 1960 records of the school sporting events and in particular when a sports meeting was held at Assumption College Kilmore. Kyneton won 144 to 127 points.

Frank was overshadowed by his late elder brother Kevin who is mentioned on many occasions as a champion athlete

Advice was received that three Old Boys had died recently and remembrances were made by those who knew details. “Paddy” Walsh died on 25 August, Kevin Dempsey on 23 July and Eddie Clarke back in May. Eddie was a cousin of Arthur but as he was overseas at the time the passing of Eddie was missed

WALSH. Patrick Joseph. 14.02.1941 – 25.08.2013 Loving husband of 50 years to Nancy. Cherished father and father-in-law of Cathy and Ross, Sue and David, Anne and Dale. Adored Pop of Jessica, Belinda, Kara, Patrick, Erin, Stephanie and Chelsea, and Grandpop of Johnathan, Brandan, Joshua and Malakai One of life’s great men, loved by all Silent thoughts of times together hold memories that will last forever. Nancy. Thanks PJ, love you always. Cathy and Ross. A good life well lived by a good bloke well loved. Sue and David. Patrick, PJ, Irish, Paddy – an incredible man who is many things to many people, but to us he is simply our hero who filled our lives with joy. Anne and Dale

DEMPSEY. Kevin Thomas. Passed away peacefully Tuesday July 23, 2013. Aged 84 years. R. I. P

His funeral was held at the Kyneton Lawn Cemetery, on WEDNESDAY, July 31, 2013 with a Graveside Service.

CLARKE. Edmond Henry (Eddie/ Ted)27.6.1922 – 24.5.2013 Devoted husband of Josie (dec. ). Loving father of Barbara, Pauline and Herman, Robin and Sue, Graham and Cindy. Requiescat in Pace

We are sad to advise that Father Shane Hoctor an Old Boy and has brothers and sisters suffered the loss of their father Jim on 22 August 2013.

His funeral was celebrated at Kyneton on 29 August.

The family notice from the Herald Sun is repeated:-

HOCTOR. James Michael (Jim/Jiddy) Loving husband of Marie Patricia (dec. ) and loved father of Fr Shane, Gerrard, Jacinta and Mark, Veronica and Brenden and loved grandfather of Laura and Kell, Nicholas, Tess, David, Cassie and Jude and brother-in-law of Carmel Brown. May he rest in peace Reunited with Mum and all his loved ones

The Junior Football/Netball Club also mentioned Jim is their Newsletter: –

Jim is a long standing Life Member of the Kyneton Football Netball Club. He spent many years, time keeping, marking the ground, old time dance, catering, bingo, cleaning & much much more. He will be sadly missed by all that knew him.

Our sincere condolences are passed to the family.

Desmond John O’BRIEN

We had advice some time ago that that an Old Boy Des O’Brien tragically drowned in a boating accident in Western Australia but held off advising folks until we had some confirmation.

Unfortunately the death has been confirmed: – O’BRIEN. Desmond John.14.12.1952 – 20.6.2013 Loved son of Des and Nora (both dec. ). Much loved brother of Kathy and David, Bernie, Shirley and Rod. Adored uncle to his nieces and nephews. We remember with love the great times we all shared with you. You will be sadly missed and never forgotten. Funeral was held in Albany W. A. Sunday, June 30, 2013

Two boys named Des O’Brien attended the school 10 years apart. The elder is recalled to have been a tall bloke with jet black hair from Gisborne whilst the younger had reddish hair and lived possibly at Trentham.

Gerry Danaher advised “In fact he was the school’s tallest boy during his final year there, i.e.1958.  Tall Des hailed from Woodend.  His brother, a year or two younger, is officially named Gerard but since those days has been known only as Tim.   He has an accountancy firm in the Woodend CBD.  I have spoken with him a few times at Kyneton races.”

PS” A stunning announcement:-  Deceased past-student Father Ray Beare baptised me at Little River in 1946.”

The annuals of the sporting records are very much a testimonial to both, but the recently departed Des was the under 12 champion after the sporting calendar closed in 1964.

The annuals of the sporting records are very much a testimonial to both, but the recently departed Des was the under 12 champion after the sporting calendar closed in 1964.

In the lead up to the win he set a new record for the 100 yards and also won the 220 yards in 31.8 seconds. Des together with Gary Thorsen and Gary Sheppard completed the cross country [2.6miles] in less than 30 minutes.

Our thoughts are with the family.

Ian McCormack died on May 27 and was buried on Friday 31st from the church at Kyneton after a Requiem Mass. The family notice in the Herald Sun read in part {Ian Charles passed away on May 27, 2013 at “Maylands”, Spring Hill. Loved brother of Jean O’Sullivan and Jim!  Brother-in-law of Brian –deceased} 

Ian is mentioned in the sports records for 1957 and was apparently quite an athlete but ended up in second place in the Open Championship to Robert Morton 55 points and before Denis Thompson 31 points.

This carried him into later life as he played a lot of Golf. Ian was the person who lit the heaters in the church before the 10.30am Mass each Sunday.

His brother Jim also attended that Marist Brothers college. A number of Old Boys attended his farewell mass.

We became aware in early March that Jim Beck had died. It has been revealed that he had requested a private funeral so no notices have been published. During discussion it was also reveled that his brother Clive had died last year but had gone unnoticed by us.

Both are mentioned in the annuals of our sporting records if any reader wishes the information please send a request.

Know to us as Bill —Neil William Trewhella died recently and will be buried after a Funeral Mass on Thursday 7 March 2013.

Bill competed in most sports at school and although he was defeated by Brian Green at the 1948 boxing tournament he excelled in running. Two years later he was the Under 12 athletic Champion defeating Peter Main who also recently died and Brian Fleming. Championship points amassed as follows 2nd high jump, 2nd cross country, 1st 100 and 220 yards. He was second to Peter Main in the mile.

At the 2013 reunion two members advised that Peter Cull died some two or three years ago.

Advice was received in early December that Bill Fraser died a few years ago. No further details are known but his funeral was confirmed.

We learnt that Peter Main died on 5 November 2012. Frank Hanrahan provided this remembrance…..Thank you for your e-mail regarding the passing of Peter Main.Percy, as we called him at school was a mate of mine,and I thought a lot of him.Although I did not keep up with his whereabouts  later in life,he was on my mind often. I would like to thank for your efforts regarding sending his family a letter from the Old Boys .

Myrtle Thorsen passed away in early May after a long a debilitating fight with cancer. Myrtle was one of the Cottingham girls and with Frank lived in Kyneton in the formative years of their family. There are four sons and one daughter. Gary attended our school. Denise, John, Glen and Frank Jnr were born in Kyneton.

Myrtle was laid to rest at Shepparton on 9 May 2012

It is with deep regret that we advise of the passing of Gladys [Glad] Sheppard on the 4th of April.

Glad was a staunch worker for the Marist Brothers Old Boys, and the Brothers in general. Her mother along with other female family members of Old Boys for many years catered for the sit down breakfast at the reunion.

Glad and husband Les were at all the dances that the Old Boys conducted. Their family of 4 boys Brian, Kevin, Dennis and Brendan all attended the school. Dennis and Brendan both served on the committee with Dennis being Secretary for a number of terms.

This is truly a family with a deep understanding of our Catholic upbringing, the Marist Brothers mission, and the undertakings of the Old Boys Association. We ask that you keep them in your prayers.

We were represented at the funeral service for Paul Bevans who died on 19 March 2012. Paul is the second son of the late Eddie and Pat Bevans….his brothers are Terry,Kevin and John.

Des Kelly passed away at Kyneton Hospital on 11 March 2012 and will be interred at Trentham Cemetery after requiem mass at The Church of the Holy Rosary on Friday 16 March. The family also lost Kevin recently. Kevin did not attend the Marist Brothers but was well known to many.

Ken O’Meara also passed away in early march and was farewelled by a number of association members.

At the 2012 AGM Gerry Danaher advised that Barry Young and Kieran Fahey both Old Boys had died but were not on our list. Advice was confirmed at the march general meeting and list updated.

Advice was received in November 2011 that John Chapman who lived in Bendigo passed away recently.

We learned that Lawerance Sheraman died in September. Members at the October meeting spoke highly of an unasuming person who dedicated mush of his time to community efforts.

Tom and Jack O’Dea and their sisters and extended family bade farewell to their mother on 29 September 2011. An interment at Kyneton was followed by a memorial requiem mass at Trentham.

We were represented at the Requiem Mass for Gerald David Leahy who died on 8 July 2011

Joe Fleming of Carlsrhue died in May. Brian Fleming attended the service and reported to the Committee. Joe was a regular attendee at reunions over many years.

Leon Fallon’s uncle Laurie Muir died on 1 March 2011. A family funeral was held.

Nick Adams ,a committee member ,lost his mother Delia who most will know was one of the Clohesy children. Delia passed away suddenly in mid February. Her requiem mass was celebrated by Father Johnson on 25 February. The service was held at Sacred Heart College where the hall was packed to the rafters.

Leonard Michael Connors of Lancefield passed away on 27 December 2010.

Len was born in 1942 so would have been at the school in the fifties. A Requiem Mass for the repose of his soul was offered at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Chauncey St, Lancefield on Dec. 31, 2010

It is with regret that we advise the passing of Noel Patrick Muir better known to us as “Kaiser”.

[It was actually his father’s nickname that he inherited.] Noel had been bedridden since early 2005 after falling from a roof. He got an infection and died as a result on December 2nd. 2010 [Advice from Frank Hanrahan] Our thoughts are with Judy and family.

After a prolonged illness Stan Plowman passed away on Sunday 26 September 2010.

His funeral service was held on Friday 1 October at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Kyneton and like the Rosary event the evening before was an “overflow” event.

Stan was a founder member of the Old Boys and dedicated much time to the cause over the last six plus decades.

No easy access to our history is available but this is a memory of Stan: –

In September 1948 a boxing tournament was held in the Shire Hall at Kyneton when boys from Brunswick came up to oppose the Kyneton Boys.

The Guardian write up included: –

“Tuesday night attracted a “bumper” house and there was not a dull moment from the opening bout. The youthful boxers revealed that they had been well trained in the art of “fisticuffs” and though the Kyneton boys had been schooled in the aggressive style, those from Brunswick were more inclined to spar for an opening as is seen with professionals, and the hurricane tactics of their opponents at times had them bewildered but they stood their ground gamely and exchanged punch for punch, with the audience loudly applauding each bout.” [Kyneton and Brunswick won three bouts each]

The Guardian reported the address by Brother Bernard the President of the organising committee in detail which included: –

Mr S. G. Plowman as secretary was responsible for most of the organising and to his energetic, self effacing, but efficient work, most of the credit for the highly successful show must go. His efforts had not been confined to the night, but had been going on for some time past ,and was rendered more difficult by the fact that the assisting artists were widely distributed and the Marist Brothers expressed their thanks to him.

Messages of Condolence received via Old Boys web site.


Many thanks for the news on Stan. We have certainly lost a great personality. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed.


Thanks for letting me know of Stan’s death. Please pass on to Mrs Plowman my sympathy and promise of my prayers; both she and Stan were very supportive of the school when I taught there in the Brothers last few years.


Thank you for letting us know the sad new of Stan Plowman’s passing. The Rahill family (especially our father, Gerard) has fond memories of times shared with Stan.

We are sorry to be so far away. Please express our condolences to family members.

Kindest Regards – Terry & Bev Rahill

Brian “packa” Clohesy.… died in the Austin Hospital Sunday the 1st August and was buried from Sacred Heart Collage stadium Friday 6th August…the stadium was used as none of the churches in Kyneton could cater for the estimated 800 who attended the service. “Packa” was christened Julian Richard Clohesy. His respiratory system failed due to effects of long time cigarette smoking.

It is with deep regret that we also report the death of John Michael Willmott.

He died on Monday 12 July 2010 and was buried on 19 July at Kyneton Lawn Cemetery. John was a past Secretary of the Old Boys.

We were advised that Vin Larkin passed away early in January 2010

James Henry [Jim] Ramsdale passed away on 10 December 2009 he had been a resident at Thomas Hogan Nursing Home for the last seven years and reached the age of 86.

Jack Ramsdale a committee member of long standing and a stalwart of the Old Boys is youngest son of Jim and Kath.

John Moloney son of the late Kevin, passed away at Kyneton Hospital on Saturday 7 November 2009. He had battled cancer for a number of years but fought until the very end.  John is a past president and long term committee member.

Reverend Father John Welch who lived in Lauriston Street when at school,died recently [advice in May 2009]

Barry O’Connor died in early February 2009

Leo Molone formerly of Lancefield and classmate of Peter Law and John Scott passed away in early November.

Kevin Tresidder the immediate past president of the Association died suddenly on Saturday 19 July. Kevin a native of Trentham was a boarder at Rosary House during his schooling. Kevin was interred at Kyneton Lawn Cemetery on 23 July after a Requiem Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary church celebrated by Fr. Tony McCarthy. The church was packed to overflowing and included sixty of his school mates and other past pupils of the Kyneton Marist Brothers school. In keeping with tradition they formed a GUARD of HONOUR as the casket was carried from the church.

Vale Kevin October 16 1938 to July 19 2008

It is with regret that we also announce the death of Bernie Moloney who was interred at Kyneton Cemetery on 15 July. Bernie had been living at Sea Lake but came “home” to be interred at Kyneton.