This is a listing of notifications the Parramatta Marist Old Boys Union has received of the passing of Old Boys. “Vale” is latin for farewell and “Fortior Ito” means go forward with strength.
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John Kevin O’Reilly, QC , 1949Retired District Court Judge
VALE Old Boy John O’Reilly (QC). John passed away on 15th January and was laid to rest today. He was aged 84. John was an esteemed lawyer, appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990 and was a judge of the District Court from 1992 – 2004. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. May he rest in peace.
Beloved husband of Maureen. Loving father of Stephen, David, Angela,
Louise, Sean, Tara. Cherished
grandad of Jack, Thomas,
William, Elizabeth, Katherine,
Patrick, Evie, Finn and a much respected former Judge. Will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.
Aged 84 years
Forever in our hearts
Rest in Peace Dad…
He was a proud Marist student and an outstanding solicitor, barrister, QC, judge, father, husband.
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I’ve got Vale John Cassidy’s picture but how do I email it to you ????
Vale John Cassidy LC 1962 Died 28th August 2019
John Cassidy and I worked on a religious organisation in our days at Marist Brothers Parramatta. It was to spread the message of Our Lady of Fatima that is, world peace through prayer, the Blue Army. It was a very strange coincidence that it was one of Cardinal Gilroy’s pet projects, but we didn’t know that at the time. The cardinal had set the organisation up in Sydney under Professor F G Coleman Sydney University and Father Cameron head of the Augustinian order in Sydney.
From 1959 – 1962 I did latin classes at St Mary’s Cathedral, late on Friday afternoon in preparation to enter, my studies for the priesthood. I ran into Cardinal Gilroy on many occasions as he did confessions 5pm to 6pm and I trapped him either going/coming in the presbytery grounds. So the long and short of it all is, that I dragged our John C along with me to say Hi and explain the difficulties we were having with Monsignor McGovern in conducting our Blue Army prayer meetings in St Pats at Parramatta. He smiled at us both & said would we from time to time give him a progress report on our work with the Blue Army. John and I had a few brief encounters with the cardinal & strangely we never had any further problems with the cranky old monsignor.
John Cassidy was a very humble man and would never have repeated this story but having been befriended by a cardinal, lived in a village named after the cardinal and being buried from the chapel on Friday 6th September 2019 that bears the cardinal’s name, I felt it appropriate to tell the story.