Parramatta Marist Old Boys Union News & Blog
Dear Old Boys,
Another year has almost passed and, again, there were many highs and lows within our OBU community. We are greatly indebted to the many Old Boys and their families who supported the Union and the present school community including those who visited, addressed and inspired students; the ex-School Captains who attended the Commencement Mass; Old Boy ex-servicemen who attended our Anzac day Service; those involved in school projects; those who supported our Year 12 major awards as well as the large number that attended the Annual Reunion Dinner.
The OBU would also like to extend our thanks to Mr Norm Dagher who is leaving after 35 years of service to our school community to focus on his health. A well-loved and dedicated teacher who will not be easily forgotten by those he taught (pictured below receiving a letter of appreciation from the Marist Brothers).
Sadly, this year, Cyril Shean passed away in the months following the closure of the pool named in his honour. Additionally, a long-time supporter of the OBU, Don Andrews (Class of 1951), also passed away along with a numerous Old Boys from other classes - may all their souls rest in peace.
As Parramatta Marist approaches its bicentenary as a Catholic school in 2020 (and 145 years under the care of the Marist Brothers), the Old Boys Union continues to fulfill the following aims as an alumni association as contained within our constitution:
- To maintain contact between Old Boys of Parramatta Marist
- To promote and foster the interest of Old Boys in the school
- To promote and foster the welfare of the school.
As the number of Marist Brothers decline, there is significant shift towards empowering lay Marist people to continue the Charism of Saint Marcellin Champagnat as well as sharing governance of Marist schools within Australia. A strong, independent and well-resourced Old Boys Union will be vital in ensuring the proud legacy of this country's oldest Catholic school continues well into its third century.
To this end, the OBU is exploring the possibility of establishing a tax-deductible scholarship fund to provide another avenue by which we can fulfill these common goals. Consequently, we greatly appreciate all the support given to the Union by our alumni this year and into the future. In particular, I would like to thank the members of the committee for their tireless efforts. They are dedicated men with a great passion for their alma mater.
We look forward to hearing from you in the new year and seeing you at the Annual Reunion Dinner next October.
I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2016.
President, Parramatta Marist Old Boys Union
(Certificate of Appreciation from the Marist Brothers presented to Norm at the Academic Assembly. Thank you to Mr Daniel Lynch, Yr 12 Coordinator and regional leader for the Marist Association, for organising the certificate)
We pray for the repose of their souls and for their families. May all these MBP Old Boys Rest in Peace.
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)
passed away in Harris park, aged 55.
Robert 'Bobby' Sepping (Class of 1960)
A 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)
Don 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/).