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OBITUARIES

Okay, I don't want to be too morbid nor do I want to capture every event however I'll post the information as it comes to my attention.

 Name  RIP  Informant
 Stuart Priestly  11th January 2004  Graham Tuck
 Richard Fosser Hearne  29th December 2003  Dan Duggan
 David Moorehouse  31st August 2003  Bill Brown
 Campbell Fleay  28th March 2003  Robert Blaikie
 Peter Broman  23rd March 2003  Robert Blaikie
 Mert (Merton) Brightwell  18th March 2003  Ross Johnson
 Bill Kelly  8th March 2003  Robert Blaikie
 Ian Burnett  28th February 2003  Ross Johnson
 Doug Parrish  26th February 2003  Ross Johnson
 Lotha Sadlo  3rd September 2002  Rick Nehmy & others
 Pierre R.Y. Donaldson   13th August 2002  Robert Blaikie & CM 17/8
 Dame Rachel Cleland  17th April 2002  Post Courier & various
 John Gauci  5th April 2002  Robert Blaikie
 Lady Hay  1st April 2002  Wil Speldwinde
 Brian McBride  1st April 2002  Robert Blaikie
 Benson Gegeyo  8th February 2002  The National
 Father Mihalic  8th December 2001  Post Courier
 Tony Cooke  13th December 1997  Mike Milne
 Peter John Wright  19th December 1994  Tony Wright

 


KELLY, William John Charles. 8th March, 2003. Formerly of P.N.G. and Mosman, NSW. Dearly loved Husband of Margaret and Brother of Maureen, loved Father of Rob, Jeff, Tony and Tim and beloved Grandfather to their Families. Relatives and Friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service in St Mary's Anglican Church, 455 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, on Thursday, at 5.30 p.m. NO FUNERAL CORTEGE ALEX GOW Q.F.D.A. - A.A.F.D. Newstead Ph. 3852 1501

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DONALDSON, Pierre Rene Yan, late of Cleveland Gardens Retirement Village, Ormiston, formerly of North Narrabeen NSW Passed away 13th August, 2002. Beloved Husband of Thelma, much loved Father and Father-in-law of Annette and Trevor, Laraine and Peter, Michael and Joy, Grant and Grandfather and Great- grandfather of their Families. Loving Brother to Maeva, Claude and Charles. Relatives and Friends of Pierre are invited to attend his Funeral, to be held with Prayers in the Chapel of Great Southern Garden of Remembrance, 1774 Mt Cotton Road, Carbrook, on Tuesday, 20th August, 2002 at 10 a.m. K.M. SMITH FUNERALS Bayside - 3348 4133 An Australian Family Company Brisbane: August 17, 2002.

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PNG friend dies (Post Courier 19/4/02)

PERTH: Wife of former Administrator of Papua New Guinea Dame Rachel Cleland has died. Dame Rachel died peacefully in her sleep in Brisbane on Wednesday night with her youngest son Evan by her side. She had just moved to Queensland from Perth a week ago to be close with her family. She was considered the matriarch of the Liberals because her husband Donald was instrumental in helping Robert Menzies set up the party. In recent years, Dame Rachel had become known for her opposition to the logging of old-growth forests. She married her lawyer husband Donald in 1928, helping him run for the West Australian parliament twice during the early 1930s. Dame Rachel lived in Papua New Guinea for 27 years when her husband later became administrator. Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta said yesterday, he was saddened to learn of Dame Rachael’s death. “Dame Rachel was well-loved by the people of Papua New Guinea. Her death will be mourned by all,” he said.

 

Dame Rachel Cleland dies at 96 (The National 19/4/02)

 

AUSTRALIAN LIBERAL Party matriarch and wife of former Papua New Guinea Administrator Sir Donald Cleland, Dame Rachel Cleland, has died, aged 96. Dame Rachel's death came just nine days after she moved from Perth to Queensland to be with family. Dame Rachel, considered the matriarch of the Liberals because her husband had helped Robert Menzies set up the party, died in Queensland, WA Liberals president Kim Keogh said. Mr Keogh was not immediately sure when she died but it is understood she passed away in her sleep. Just last week, she was interviewed for the Australian newspaper as she prepared to move east. "I'm saying goodbye to politics, goodbye to Perth, and I'm going to be with my two children, my four grandchildren and my eight great-grandchildren in Queensland," she said. "When I decide it is time to do something, then I just go and do it." She told the newspaper she felt life still had much to offer although it had become predictable. "Life just goes around in circles, same thing, different people, and when you've had 96 years of it, well." Dame Rachel penned two books and was preparing to write a third. In recent years she had become known for her vocal opposition to the logging of old-growth forests. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta was saddened to learn of Dame Rachel's death. She was the wife of the former administrator, Sir Donald Cleland. "Dame Rachel was well loved by the people of Papua New Guinea," he said. "Her death will be mourned by all." After Sir Donald died in 1975, Dame Rachel continued to live in Papua New Guinea and played an active and valuable role in the development of the young nation. She maintained her interest when she left to live with her family in Western Australia, and made occasional visits to Papua New Guinea. Dame Rachel took a particular interest in the role of women in society, and was an active promoter of the Guide movement and a supporter of young women students. She also wrote a book about women in politics and the community. "Papua New Guineans all over the country will keep her in their memory as a warm hearted and generous woman who played a significant role in nation-building in her own right," Sir Mereke said. He has sent condolences to Dame Rachel's family on behalf of the Government, himself and Lady Roslyn.

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Ex-bureaucrat Gegeyo dies (The National 14/2/02)

BENSON Gegeyo, a former senior public servant and a member of the Maisin community died last Friday (Uncle Peter: I'll assume that this means 8/2/02) in Northern province. Mr Gegeyo passed away while on a visit home. His body was brought back to Port Moresby where his family lives. He joined the public service as an administration servant to the council clerk in the Department of Native Affairs at Tufi in April 1960. Mr Gegeyo's public service career, which spanned over 30 years, saw him serve in a number of provinces in various capacities, including district commissioner, administrator, secretary and later as general manager of Government entities. From August 1972 to April 1977 Mr Gegeyo worked as district administrator in various provinces, including Western, Madang, Bougainville and West Sepik. In August 1978 he was appointed Secretary for the newly created Department of Urban Development. He served a term as PNG ambassador to Indonesia in 1980, returning in 1984 to take up appointments as administrator of Enga, Manus and Fly River provincial governments respectively. In November 1985 he joined the Department of Provincial Affairs and the following year became acting general manager for the PNG Habours Board. He also served as general manager for the National Capital District Commission, Secretary to the Department of Oro and administrator of Morobe. In 1990 he was appointed managing director of the PNG Water Board. He retired from the public service in 1998. Mr Gegeyo is survived by his wife and four children. Funeral arrangements will be made known later this week.

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Fr Mihalic dies in California (Post Courier 11/12/01)

CATHOLIC priest, missionary, newspaper editor, linguist, compiler of the first Tok Pisin dictionary and educator Fr Frank Mihalic (in the Post-Courier file photo above) died at the weekend. Divine Word Missionaries in Mount Hagen said yesterday Fr Mihalic died in his Californian home of the United States on December 8, 2001 after suffering from pneumonia and its complications. Son of a Pennsylvanian farmer and railwayman, Fr Mihalic was born on November 24, 1916 to a family of 10 — four boys and six girls and raised among a “missionary magazine reading” family. Fr Mihalic first came to PNG as a missionary in 1948 and was based in Alexishafen, Madang. A few months later he was posted to Marienberg, East Sepik Province as parish priest where one of his first parishioners was “young” Michael Somare who later became the country’s first Prime Minister. He worked mostly in the Mamose region until his return to the States due to “severe body complications” and after the Italy divine word missionaries recalled him. In 1969 Fr Mihalic returned to Wewak to set up the Wantok Newspaper and remained editor until 1979. During those years Fr Frank published the Jacaranda dictionary and grammar of Melanesian pidgin, widely used in PNG in the early days — he also found time to translate the PNG Constitution into Tok Pisin and in 1981 was awarded the OBE for services rendered to Pidgin in PNG and an honorary doctorate of linguistics from the University of PNG. In 1982 he was asked to head the Communication Arts department at the Divine Word University until 1997. Fr Mihalic spent 52 years teaching in PNG and in his term wrote more than 30 books, some of which are now used in many schools.

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