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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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Vale fellow Old Boys


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 -

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Recent passing of two members of the 1964 Leaving Certificate class

From David McFadden

candleWith sadness we report the passing of two of the members of the 1964 Leaving Certificate class.
Anthony (Tony) Cheeseman passed away on 10 August after a long struggle with stomach cancer.
Denis Normoyle passed away on 1 August after a similarly long struggle with skin cancer.
Along with 17 other deceased classmates of the 1964 Group, we will remember them at our Golden Jubilee Reunion to be held on 18 and 19 October at Old Government House, Parramatta.
We have managed to locate 194 of the 208 classmates in the three grades Intermediate 1962, Fourth Year 1963 and Leaving Certificate 1964.
At present we expect almost 100 to attend and will present a report after the event

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Funeral details - Laurence (Loz) Dermot Ryan (1961) Friday 6 June 2014

funeralRyanThe funeral details for Laurence (Loz) Dermot Ryan (1961) are set out below.  St Mary's Catholic Church is at 6 Raglan Street Manly. NSW 2095.

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Vale Laurence Dermott Ryan (1961)

candleGreg Corr advised us that last Thursday (29 May 2014), Laurie had a cerebral hemorrhage outside his Balgowlah home and died in Royal North Shore Hospital on Friday morning.
Laurence Dermott Ryan was in the Intermediate Certificate Class of 1959 at Marist Brothers High School, Lidcombe and the Leaving Certificate Class of 1961 at Marist Brothers High School, Parramatta.His brother, Terry was in the MBP LC Class of 1963.
Our prayers are with Laurie and his family.
Please feel free to let us know more about his time at Marist Brothers and his life after leaving school. You can add a comment to this post or use the Contact Us form on this website.

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