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Warwick LAING (16/7/2016)

  • Geoff Chapman advised that Club member Warwick Laing passed away yesterday 16th July, resulting from a stroke suffered a fortnight ago. 
    This was advised to me by his widow. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.
    If desired confirmation and funeral details may be obtained (Tomorrow PM) from his widow Judith on 02 6766 3440
    Judith is also a Club member.

Fred LAIRD (4/9/2010)

  • Des Akers advised: Sorry to advise that Fred passed away on Saturday evening, 4th Sept after a long battle with Cancer. 

Raymond Joseph (Joe) LAMB (7/10/2018)

  • Mark Pickard provided an extract from Clarence Valley Independent 17th Oct 2018  Joe Lamb  of Yamba, passed away 7th of Oct aged 86 years,  , Dearly loved husband of Betty, Loved father of Tony and Christopher decd.  Joe Lamb was a good bank officer, good footballer, a good bowler and family man. He was MATE  to his friends.

Vern LARSEN (17/2/2012)

  • Kerri Kleidon advised she received a phone message from Joy Larsen, telling her that Vern had passed away. Vern had a massive stroke on 14 Feb, and died on Fri 17 Feb. His death notice is in today's (Sat 25 Feb) Courier Mail. There won't be a Funeral, but Joy is having a gathering at their complex in late March.  Vern worked in the CBC in WA in the early 70s, then came back to Qld and was on relief staff. He was 84 years old.

David Forde LEATHLEY (22/7/1937 - 14/6/2023)

  • Margaret Powell, President CBC Officers Club advised: It is with much sadness that we advise the passing of David, aged 85 years.
    David joined the CBC Bank in 1954 at Bingara branch NSW. His service included Pt. Macquarie, Maclean, Gosford, Double Bay, Wagga Wagga, Campbelltown, H/O Accountants Dept. Hamilton, Tweed Heads, H/O Inspectors Dept. H/O Relief Staff, 343 George Street Sydney.
    David was a man dedicated to his career with the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney, as was his Cricketing and Rugby Union achievements, both within the Bank and his Rugby career with Parramatta RUFC.  David was a legend with the CBC Golden Oldies Cricket Club. One of the dedicated and unique characters that the CBC has had in its ranks.
    Ian Holston has been asked by the family, to contribute to the service.  David’s brother Forde has advised of the following arrangements to celebrate his life.
    Friday 11.00 AM, June 23rd, 2023, Anglican Church, Morisset 33 Newcastle Street, Morisset NSW.  A luncheon has been arranged, after the service, at the Morisset Hotel, and all are welcome. Forde advises that the venues are convenient to Morisset Railway Station.

  • Ian Holston advised: I  delivered a fairly long eulogy and sang a Hymn, I was feeling very tired after the drive down and  a couple of sleepless nights.
    Good roll up at service, Lots of `David's Parramatta Rugby Mates, one even came from Tasmania. Peter Fenton also there, An old Coffee Mate of  the Late Mike Hook. The late Ken Archer former Test Cricketer also used to join them.
    CBC Attendees: Tom Wilson, Doug Harding & Sam Clough. 
    CBCGOCC Attendees: Stephen Allan, Eugen & Pat Alexandrow,  Kay Leggett, Darryl Semmler, Tony Adnum, John & Margaret Hughes.
    It was good to see the Late Dick Balcomb's son Scott also there to represent the Balcomb family.

Harold LEE

  • Born 1926/7

  • 1940 joined CBCofS at Tottenham

  • 1940 to Mascot then many metro & country branches including
    Maroubra Newtown Blayney Richmond Manly

  • 1942 RAAF

  • 1946 HO then Oberon, Moss Vale, Newtown, Sydney Uni, Rose Bay

  • 1953 HO Audit staff

  • 1956 Auditor till 1959 whilst Auditing Brewarrina was sent

  • 1959 to open Goodooga

  • 1961 January Current Accounts Pg 47 Marriages: Ailsa Perry (HO) to Harold Lee (Goodooga)

  • 1961 or later Auditor

  • 1963 opened Ulladulla branch

  • 1964 Asst Superintendent CBC Savings Bank

  • 1965 Staff Officer

  • 1970 Chief Staff Manager

  • 1971 CM Queensland

  • 1972 & 1977 was Chairman ABA Queensland.

  • 1977 Queen's Jubilee for services to ABA Queensland

  • 1977 Assistant General Manager Eastern

  • Heavily involved with introduction & development of Regional Banking .

  • Retired to Queensland about the time the merger came into effect.

  • His wife Ailsa passed away November 2006

  • LEE Harold Funeral notice 27APR2008 Death 81 late of Chermside Courier Mail (Brisbane) 30APR2008
    Probate notice 31MAY2008 Publication late of Chermside Courier Mail (Brisbane) 31MAY2008
    Obituary 24NOV1999 Publication (born 03MAY1916 Darlinghurst) Daily Telegraph (Sydney) 24NOV1999

Norm LEESON ( 28/8/2008)

  • Kerri Kleidon report: I have just been advised that Norm Leeson died in his sleep last Thurs (28/8), and his funeral will be on Fri (5/9) at 2.00pm at West Chapel, Mt Thompson.
    Norm was firstly an ex-CBC officer and also had the honour of processing the first transaction in the NAB on 1 Jan 1983 at the Ipswich Jamboree.

Colin Anderson LIGHT ( 12/2012)

  • Col took ill (pancreatitis) back in August and got pretty knocked around by the treatment. He didn’t really get over it and despite the medical forecasts of an eminent passing, Col fought on until nearly Christmas, when he died peacefully at home. (He was waiting on a grandson’s visit and if you knew Col you’d know there was no way he was going to succumb until after that boy arrived from USA).  Having in mind the time of year, and an impending family birthday (24/12), the family have opted for a private family cremation and placed a notice to that effect in yesterday’s (26/12) Sydney Morning Herald. My thanks to Fred Harvison for bringing this to our attention.

Des LEGGETT (16/12/1943-16/4/2021)


  • Helen CADZOW        I am saddened to hear the passing of Des Leggett. Please pass on my condolences to the family.

  • Glenda CAMPBELL (Terry Campbell's wife)    Des had an amazing career, didn’t he? He worked in Head Office, Melbourne with Terry and he most likely worked with or knew Dad (Brian Campbell). I’m not sure whether Terry and Des knew each other before Melbourne, but they probably did (especially as they shared a love of sport). Des was certainly one of the old breed: a total gentleman, family man and just a nice solid fellow. Kay and I did handcrafts and looked after kids whilst Terry and Des worked long and hard. 

  • Kevin EKE                  Such sad news to learn of Des’s passing. A true gentleman and genuine friend, who was held in high regard by those who had the pleasure to work with him. I worked with Des at Gosford Branch way back in 1965, and later renewed our acquaintance when we transferred to Head Office. In  February ‘68, Des, I and two others enjoyed a Pacific Islands cruise on board P&O’s Arcadia, with fun times and great memories to look back on. Life moved on and, via the CBC grapevine, I was absolutely delighted to hear that Des had married Kay (also a fellow banker), raised a family and enjoyed a continued and rewarding banking career, going from success to success. Sadly, I lost contact with the Leggett’s after I resigned from the CBC, however, was able to, from time to time, follow their family fortunes, via valued friendships, still in the CBC and later NAB. Des was one of a kind, an “old school” Banker, a quiet achiever, loved his sport and will be sorely missed.

  • Fred HARVISON       I remember Des from my time on the third floor Inspectors' ('64-'69) and then on the fifth floor (Personnel '74-'83) when he was in International Division. Des also played in Burke Cup with CBC Rugby and I remember him as a real workhorse in the team. My recollection of Des is that of a quieter person, very personable, very professional with a gentle sense of humour. He didn't take himself too seriously, just a really good bloke.

  • Mary LAMBORN       I was introduced to Des when he was transferred to Head Office as an Inspectors Clerk on the third floor in the late 1960’s. He and Peter Beaumont were seconded to London Office – City during the early 1970’s when Mr. Peter Martin was Manager.

  • Kay & Robert LEGGETT (Des’s Wife & Son)  Thank you for the nice words regarding our late husband and father, Desmond Leggett, it is greatly appreciated.

  • Wayne LINNERT        It is with sadness that I advise the passing of Des who joined the Bank on 04/01/1960 at Pittsworth then transferred to Allora, Alstonville, Gosford, Lane Cove, Mascot, Savings Bank Admin, Assistant Accountant Brisbane Office and London Office. In 1977 Des was Assistant Manager, Foreign Exchange International Division and then in other areas within International Divisions of both Banks retiring from Head Office on 01/01/2003. Des was a very good sportsman who played Cricket and Rugby for the Bank and was a Life Member of  CBC Golden Oldies Cricket Club.  Our sincere sympathy is extended to Kay and her family.

  • Scott MARNANE      (NABROC)      I am saddened to advise that Des passed away late last week. Des’s 43 year career commenced in 1960 when he joined the CBC Bank. In the mid 1960’s he was a Teller at Lane Cove branch and already identified as a committed and ambitious officer.  Ray Knight advised that he worked with Des in CBC Brisbane Office in the mid 1970’s.  During Des's appointment in Accountant’s Department in Brisbane Office he met Kay, later to become his wife.  Ray fondly remembers that Kay sometimes babysat for Phyllis and him during their time in Brisbane. Des was an active member for many years in the CBC Golden Oldies Cricket Club and was awarded Life Membership in recognition of his services to the Club.

  • John NESS                I was at London Office in 1972-74 with Des and Peter Beaumont.  Attended his Service and lots of CBC and Golden Oldies people were there, including some I had not seen for years.

  • Henry THORNE        Sad to hear of the passing of Des.   He sure was an excellent Officer and a good friend.    Our thoughts are with Kay and their Family

Henry "Roger" Skinner LINDSAY

  • January 2019 Michael Lindsay advised Dad died on 20th December 2081 after an 18 month battle with Leukaemia.  He was 85.
    When he retired he was manager of Macquarie University Branch.
    He joined the Bank in Wagga in 1950.  His father Robert Lindsay was the Manager.
    I know he worked in these branches:
    Bondi Junction,
    Royal Exchange
    Moss Vale
    Accountant Coffs Harbour
    Accountant Murwillumbah 1964 to 1968
    Manager Belmont 1968 to 1972
    Manager Mona Vale 1972 to ?Manager Macquarie University from where he retired on 24/7/1987
    David Wyndham advised: He was a popular member of the club where he was also a Life Member.
    He will be greatly missed by all members.  We have sent a note expressing our prayers and deepest sympathies to his remaining Family members.

Frederick Allan LOW (31/3/2011)

  • M'Liss, Allan's daughter advised that he passed away.

  • Married Olwen
    1962-3 Manager Wee Waa
    1969 January Current Accounts Pg 28 Qld SM A F Thompson visits Skippy & Allan Low Manager Cunnamulla
    Head Office Lending Manager
    Olwen died
    Father & Father In Law of Allan & Wanda, Megan & Graham, M'Liss & Barry (Dec), Warwick & Maree. Grandpa.
    2011-03-31 died age 90
    Privately cremated.  20110409 Friday SMH Death Notice

  • Kevin Meyer advised that Allan was an ex-Northern Inspector.  He had two sons in the Bank.

  • John Hitchcock advised: He was my Regional Manager in the 80’s when Max Vardy & I were in the Eastern Suburbs.

Frank Raymond LUMLEY (16/1/2013)

  • Rowan Raymond-Jones advised: Sadly, it is my melancholy duty to inform you of the death of Frank Raymond LUMLEY on 16th January. Frank, a Life Member, was born on 3-7-1925 and his many CBC friends will also be saddened to learn of his passing.  His funeral service was in the Northcliffe Chapel of Hansen & Cole, 634 Northcliffe Drive, Kembla Grange on Tuesday 22nd January at 12.00 noon. Frank’s wife Christine passed away some time ago

  • Bruce Wood advised: I first worked with Frank Lumley at the CBC Sydney Royal Easter Show Office in 1967. The Showground Office was then managed by Jack Ford from Double Bay Branch & Frank came from Gloucester Branch. Both of these Managers had a great rural background and thrived in the hospitality of the Bank's rural customers.
    I again worked with Frank in 1977 when I was appointed Officer in Charge Personal Loans Accounting at 515 Pacific Highway St Leonard's. At that time Frank was Manager Instalment Loans Accounting & oversaw me in my new role as well as being involved in the day to activities of the Collections' Area. Frank was also heavily involved with the project team that converted all of the Personal Loans Accounting system from manual records to computerised records on the Honeywell system.
    He was a thorough gentleman who was admired by all and had the respect of all of the junior & senior staff at Consumer Finance. In the years I worked with Frank I never heard him raise his voice once. His door was always open & was prepared to help all staff solve their problems. It is very sad to hear of Frank's passing.

Bert LUSCOMBE (18/1/2009)

  • Bert  was born on 7th March 1908.

  • He died on 18th January 2009.

A.W. (Jim) LUSCOMBE (14/7/2008)

  • Jim was born on 1st February 1906.

  • Died on 14th July 2008 at the age of 102, and cremated at Bowral - notice in SMH 23/7/08. A single man who was  many years ago a good member of our Club.  Advised by Les Cornell and Kevin Meyer.


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