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Mark Devlin 1977

MarkDevlinA recent visitor to the School, an Old Boy from the Class of 1977, Mark Devlin. Mark also taught many students at Parramatta Marist Junior in the 1980s. Mark is currently Assistant Principal at Our Lady of the Rosary, Kellyville.

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John Cox's (1971) Memories of Parramatta Marist

John Cox Seniors Geography Excursion with Br Douglas

John Cox has provided us with some images. Click on the image to enlarge. The desciption is in the title.

As well as images John has provided us with a copy of an email to his friend Michael Lindfield (1971) which describes what he has been up to. It has been edited for privacy purposes.

"I also “ retired” from my Practice [DKM Group Chartered Accountants] in 2008, but I wasn’t really serious. Go crazy living at home.John Cox 4th Class First Day 1963

Mary and I now live in an apartment at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane, near the Dockside Precinct, my eldest James is a chartered accountant living in Mt Gravatt, has one daughter (my only grandchild to date that we know of), daughter Felicity is now working in London, she is a Town Planner (near to your heart) but doing a couple of years over there, currently working for Murton Council, near Wimbledon I believe.

John Cox Anzac Day 1968 or 1969 1Then lastly “sprog”, aka Andrew, a bit of a late surprise package, turning 20 this year and studying Arts/Business at UQ. Needless to say a penniless student who lives with us.

We try to travel a bit, unlike yourself we do it for pleasure. Heading back over to Italy, France, Ireland (to visit Mary’s relations) then London to see Felicity May/June.

It would be really great to meet up. AnytimeJohn Cox Cadet Ball 1969 G Grounds J Cox P Williamson M Lindfield G Hoile J Duncan Friends 1

What also spurred the contact was a wish actually to go to the Marist Old Boys renunion this year (45 years for us). I had pulled out some old photos from school and have been threatening to go down many times without success. Might be a bit of fun to see what’s left of us. I have started trying to make contact with a couple of people.

John Cox Cadet Ball 1969Pass our best regards on to Philip, hope he is keeping well.

Mary has a facebook page if you are one of those techo’s, I couldn’t find your name on it however.

You might also get a connection request through Linked in, but it was directed to your old work at ADB.

Cheers"John Cox Cadet Camp 1969

John advised us he was a partner in the Chartered Accounting Firm "Davies Knox Maynards, now DKM Group. We started off in Coffs Harbour then moved to Beenleigh, Sunnybank, South Brisbane, Grafton etc etc I moved from Coffs to Beenleigh in 1989, that was a culture shock"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Cox Cadet J Cox circa 1967

John Cox Class 4A 1963 Br Gervaisx900John Cox Cadet Philip Gibbs circa 1969John Cox Class 5A 1964 Br Clesiusx900

John Cox Class 6A 1965x900John Cox Cpt Glass Br Cyrus circa 1969John Cox NCOCoursex900JohnCoxswimmikngcertx900John Cox CertificateofEfficiencyJohn Cox SwimmingCerticate1964x900John Cox backstrokecertifictaex900John Cox Marist Cadet Band circa 1971John Cox Passing Out Parade 1970 or 71John Cox Sgts P Gibbs J Cox M Linfield 1971John Cox St Patricks Marist High circa 1940sJohn Cox Cadet Unit Invitations 1970 1971x900

 

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Vale Wayne Kenneth Robertson (1964)

WayneRobertson1We have been advised sadly that one of the Class Characters of the Class of 1964, Wayne Kenneth Robertson, passed away on 8 February 2016.
Wayne has been quite unwell for several years and it was fortunate for all that he was able to make it with his wife to the Class of '64 Golden Jubilee reunion in 2014. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. May he rest in peace.

A long-serving policeman at state and Commomwealth level, Wayne is best described as a 'loveable rogue' by his classmates.

Leaving MBP, he joined the NSW Police Force and after initial training was stationed at Regent St, City doing General Duties in his probationary year. He then served at the Police Prosecuting Branch but did not enjoy Court work so undertook further training and was transferred to the CIB, where he served on
several Specialist Squads, including No 21 Division. He married Cheryl in 1969 and we set up home at South Strathfield. They had two sons David and Craig.
In 1977 he was recruited to the then Commonwealth Police Force as a Senior Detective in Major Crime Investigations and his family moved to Canberra from
where he worked on major investigations in Australia and around the wor1d.
This included a stint with INTERPOL. Whilst in Canberra, their daughter Hayley and another son Matthew were born. He served in the foundation Australia Police Force and then the new AFP continuously whilst living in Canberra. After illness and a heart attack he retired and we moved back to Sydney. He also leaves four grandchildren.

A long-serving policeman at state and Commomwealth level, Wayne is best described as a 'loveable rogue' by his classmates

 

"Sad news. Wayne was a one off. One of the great networkers and organizers I have met.
Wayne's accomplices ranged from prefects to those that recorded the absentees from the blackboard every morning.
One word to Wayne and your day of truancy was organized risk free right down to the removal of your record from the absentee list.
Shortly after we left school I asked him what he was going to do. He said " I'm joining the Police force. The opportunities are limitless. "
RIP. A love able rogue with a big heart." (Peter Costello)
"Wayne was one of the first fellows I met on my arrival at MBP.
I stood next to him and Stuart at my first assembly during which Wayne talked me out of the A Class into B which, no doubt, changed the course of my working life. It was also with Wayne ( his influence again) that I wagged school - a oncer for me but I suspect not for Wayne.
I lost touch with Wayne not long after our days at MBP - probably not such a bad thing, having regard to his power of persuasion over me.
It was good that we caught up at the reunion." (Michael Edgerton).

 

 

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Phil Ruthven (1956) Interviewed ABC News Radio

Phil Ruthven (1956) Interviewed ABC News Radio on 5 January 2016. The link to the ABC News Radio page is HERE

All you can listen below

ABC NewsRadio's Marius Benson speaks to Old Boy Phil Ruthven - founder of analysis group IBISWorld about the facts on tax, You can link to the audio file here. , and for more about Phil see the OBU website.

Phil at IBIS World

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Vale fellow Old Boys

Bookandcandle

We pray for the repose of their souls and for their families. May all these MBP Old Boys Rest in Peace.

Fortior Ito

 

Peter Ross (MBP Class of 1945) passed away aged 87.

Peter was a retired School Principal and Past President of Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club. He was also a keen golfer.

Peter was inspirational in producing the book LCWC Golf Club “Dooleys Golf 25 Years of Social Outings”. In February 2007 he achieved every golfer’s ambition a HOLE in ONE at the 8th hole at Sefton. He was a life member of the Golf Club and became a life member of Catholic Club in 1998.

 

Charlie Ferraro. (Class of 1964)

Charlie did not recover from the stroke he had prior to the 2014 Class of 1964 Golden Jubilee reunion


Phillip Brereton (class of 1977)

PhillipBreretonpassed away in Harris park, aged 55.


Robert 'Bobby' Sepping (Class of 1960)

Bob SeppingA well-respected Old Boy and businessman who was owner of Universe Cycles Group. Bob was regarded as apioneer of the bicycle retailing industry. You can read more about Bob in Bicycle Retailing.


Don Andrews (Class of 1951)

 

DonAndrewsDon Andrews was a well-respected Old Boy who was a terrific supporter of the OBU - a regular at our Annual Dinner and 'organiser' of the Class of 1951. We extend our condolences to his son Gary (Class of 1976), and to his family and extended family (especially those at Royans - http://www.royans.com.au/about-us/our-history/).

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