Marist Brothers High School Darlinghurst

Old Boys' Union


  Blue & Blue                            


31st. July 2015 



 Wow! What a reunion !! Welcome to the July edition of the Blue & Blue for 2015.

 The reunion luncheon was a resounding success, celebrating especially, the 50th anniversary of the Class of 1965.

Br. Norman Hart spoke on the newly-formed Marist Assn of St Marcellin Champagnat , [follow hyperlink for full details on the Marist website].

Reg Richardson, A.M. LC 1953 was a guest speaker at the luncheon. Reg is the Chairman of the Melanoma Institute Australia, an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sydney, a Co-Founder of the Poche Centres of Indigenous Health at the Universities of Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Western Australia and Flinders University, serves on the Advisory Boards at these universities and on the NSW Advisory Council of St Vincent’s Health Australia.  His delivery was insightful, humorous and appreciated by all.

John Gallagher HSC 1967 delivered an inspiring account of the men of MB Darlinghurst who fought in the Gallipoli campaign, one hundred years ago.

We also welcomed special guest, Gary Goodman, representing Marist College Canberra.

 Chris Scott, son of Reg, carried the flag of the next generation, once again. James McDonnell [LC'60] and Tom Pinzone [LC'65] both arrived back from overseas for the reunion. Tony Britton, [LC'63] arrived back from South-East Asis and Bernard Doyle, [LC'65] returned from Sth. America. Bernard has offered to assist with the Darlo website so we may soon see some of those pics that have been sitting on the server. Peter Clarke, [HSC'68] trekking from home in Happy Valley, South Australia again, was joined by another member of the Last Brigade, Peter Doyle [HSC'68]. Coming fathest nationally, was Tony Jones [LC'63] from home in Mt Pleasant, Western Australia. Tony is unchanged from school years, appearing to have made a pact like Dorian Grey.

 Attendees, rather than diminishing in numbers, continue to grow with this luncheon having the most since the centenary reunion. Old Boys arrived from interstate and overseas. Apologies were received from:

Br Joe McCabe, known previously as Br Bonaventure, Br. Charles Aquilina, Tony Baine, just back from Ireland and having last-minute surgery at St. Vincents, leaving Tony Minogue and Kevin Fitzpatrick to celebrate without him, Bernie Cannon, with health issues, Gerald Donovan, with health issues, Bill Duncan, away researching the Cooee March, Michael Evesson, Philip Hogan, with health issues, Kevin Riolo, chairing a meeting of the Centenary  Committee of Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts, where he was once Principal, Grahame Turner, holidaying in Hawaii and Bernie York, travelling to Victoria.

Br. Paul Murphy almost got to say grace before lunch but Tony Smith [LC'64] beat him to it. Next reunion, we shall have the mike under lock & key. Some time ago, Tony met up with Paul McMahon [LC'64] in Jerusalem before realising on their last night, that they both went to Darlo.


A special mention must be made with the efforts of Bill Sheehy LC 1965 and Michael Howard LC 1965 in rounding up old classmates for their 50th reunion and too, Kyran O'Donnell  LC 1954 for gathering together those of his decade and before. Several LEGENDS came along: Warren Thomas LC 1965, Larry Hensby LC 1948 and Col Sullivan LC 1965, who each gave over 10 years service to the Old Boys' Union. What a reunion!!!!!!


Hovering above, recently joining with the angels, were Geoff Burfoot, Des Mc Nally and Barry Ryan.


All in all, it was yet again another very memorable and historic occasion. Phil Modafferi [LC'65] arrived late. He was cheesed off as he arrived for the Tuesday lunch, on Wednesday. Said he will definitely be there next year.

   Lost & Found:

Paul DiLeo [LC'62], resident of Buderim, Qld, happy with the State of Origin results, was asking after Brian & Neil Griffin, Murray Trembath, Peter Larkin, John Nash, Michael Dann, John Grygiel, Roley McKay and many others, including “Blockhead” whose given name he can’t recall. Any information gratefully received.

Bill McMaugh  was enquiring about Geoff Kyneur, class of 1945. Geoff is believed to be living in Maroubra and any info would be appreciated.

Michael Attard [LC'65] is in search of Jeff Fallon [LC'63], believed to be in Murwillumbah.


OBU Legend Geoff Burfoot, [LC'38] passed away peacefully in the palliative care unit of Liverpool Hospital on July 7, 2015. Geoff was 92 years young, jovial, well-loved.

R.I.P Geoff

Des McNally, [LC'42] , brother of Brian, passed away on 13th July, only 2 weeks before the reunion he would have loved to attend. Des had been ill for some time and passed away in hospital, aged 88.

R.I.P. Des

Barry Ryan KSCG, [LC'43] passed away on 20 June 2015 at St Brigid’s Green Aged Care Maroubra.

R.I.P. Barry

Len Loker, [LC'50], passed away on 17 May, aged almost 81. A Requiem Mass was said to celebrate his life at Our Lady of the Rosary Church Alstonville.

R.I.P. Len


  Humour: - a few paraprosdokians (figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected and is frequently humorous. Apparently Winston Churchill loved them.


1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you ... but it's still on my list.

3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up -- we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right, only who is left.

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

9. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

10.In filling out an application, where it says, "In case of emergency, notify..." I answered "a doctor."

11.Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

12.You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

13.I used to be indecisive, but now I'm not so sure.

14.To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

15.Going to church doesn't make you a Christian, any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

16.You're never too old to learn something stupid.

17.I'm supposed to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder for me to find one now.


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Servo fidem,

 Kym Derriman


Marist Brothers Darlinghurst Old Boys’ Union




*LC Year refers to those who sat the LC or HSC in that year and also to their classmates who left school in earlier years.


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Kym Derriman

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