Parramatta Marist Old Boys Union News & Blog

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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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Your Prayers are requested for Brother Coman "Coey" who is seriously ill

The much admired Brother Coman Sykes, "Coey", was recently admitted to Campbelltown Hospital with some serious health complications. His heart and lungs are not functioning correctly and other bodily systems seem to be failing. He is currently being medicated and is understood to have been returned to St Gregory's College Campbelltown, where he has been spending his retirement. His condition appears to have stabilised however the care he will be receiving may be palliative care. (Source: Adam Hendry)

CoeyatGregsYou may recall the scholarships funded by the Old Boys Union are named in honour of Brother Coman.

Brother Coman worked at Westmead for 20 years of his Marist life, St Vincent's Westmead Boys Home (1949-1956), Community Superior (1973) and the secondary school (1984-1995).

Geoffrey Sykes attended St Gregory's College Campbelltown before joining the Marist Brothers. He was professed as Brother Coman in 1948 and after 12 months scholasticate began his apostolic work at St Vincents.  he was the principal at St Gregory's and Marist North Shore before moving into formation.

During his years at Parramatta Marist High he was the Year 11 co-ordinator and sports coach. His work in maintaining the school bus fleet, the fields and school buildings are legendary. Brother Coman retired to Mittagong in 1995 and later moved to St Gregory's. (Source: McDonald I, A School of Their Own - The Story of Parramatta Marist 1820-2000; 2000; p.353)

We hope and pray for the recovery of such a terrific, industrious, honest and caring man as Coey.

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