Marist Brothers High School Darlinghurst
Blue & Blue Special Edition ~ Fr. Pat McMaugh’s Diamond Jubilee
19th. July, 2012
Today is the diamond jubilee of the ordination of Fr. Pat McMaugh. For those who missed signing Fr. Pat’s commemorative card at the luncheon or who just wish to contact him directly, can email [email protected] phone 94829059 or write at 20/48 Hunter St Hornsby 2077. The congratulations and sincere thanks of all the OBU community are conveyed to Fr. Pat. A tribute web page is being raised on the Darlo website.
What an outstanding success! The OBU tradition that was thought to be gone forever! The Old Boys ensured that it will live on for a long time to come. It would not have been possible without all those who gave their support and too, the numerous donations. Special recognition for ensuring the survival of the OBU must also be given to Larry Hensby, Mark Sinclair and Bill Halcro, whose persistence ensured the longevity of a fine institution.
Fr. Paul Chandler celebrated mass at St. Pat’s and afterwards the large procession of Old Boys found their way from St Pat’s to the Rugby Club, to be greeted by those who had already arrived.
A few days before the luncheon, total attendance looked like reaching 50 but issues, particularly health, kept some from attending, with Dr Gavan Young falling ill at the last minute to a flu virus, John Bolster, at Mater Hospital, was undergoing a hip replacement, Warren Eggins managed a broken toe, Philip Hickie was ill and Larry Hensby was being checked out with cardio issues. In his absence, Larry was unanimously nominated for the highest OBU Office but later humbly declined, formally retiring from the OBU Executive after 11 years of dedicated service.
Br. Paul Murphy fms, as OBU Marist Executive, was introduced to the Old Boys by Mark Sinclair, who was again elected as Vice-President. Bill Halcro was elected as Secretary-Treasurer. Philip Hogan and Kyran O’Donnell were appointed to the Committee. Scott Coleman, representing Marist College Canberra was present and is compiling a history of Darlo. Those who have stories of their time at Darlo, that they may wish to share, are invited to contact Scott (0406-376691).
Peter, Tim and William McMaugh brought the very presence of Fr. Pat McMaugh to the luncheon, even though Pat remained seriously ill at Hornsby. Also among the many present were Chris & Tim Scott, sons of Reg Scott, who passed away last year. They were warmly welcomed and we hope to continue seeing them at future reunions and share the memories of Reg.
Kevin Riolo was still in party mode after recently celebrating his 75th. and his spirit typified that of the vast majority, right up to Alan Willoughby who is still as spry as a 20 year old. A thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all.
Photographs of the luncheon shall be collated and uploaded to the Darlo website when Scott Coleman returns to Canberra.
Apologies and good wishes were received by Fr. Denis Hallinan on assignment in Rome, Fr. Guy Hartcher, Br. Norman Hart, Richard Sidorko with his commitments in Canberra, John McCauley being in and out of Asia, Blue Gallagher with work commitments, Tony Smith heading overseas, Peter Dorhauer heading out of town, Peter Thompson with the workload on the farm, Ron Young in the USA, Rob Rimoldi meeting his family upon their return from New York, Bob Whittaker visiting his daughter in Darwin and Paul Imbree catching some sunshine in Port Douglas and also apologies came from John Kennedy, Peter Searle, Linton Griffin, Grahame Pomroy, Billy McCarthy, John Slavin, Vin Hallinan, Hugh Thompson, Jeff Kilde, Des O’Connor,Michael Howard, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mike OLeary, Tony Morrissey, Bill Sheehy and Paul Moynihan.
On the news front, Bob Jones (LC’63) was married late last year, retired from Treasury and moved from Canberra to Nowra. He’s not too far from Edward Wing (LC’56) who has also moved to Nowra.
I certainly feel honoured to have been unanimously elected President of the OBU and again thank all who attended the mass and luncheon and look forward to the next reunion.
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