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W John PACKHAM (2/07)

  • John was Manager Willow Tree, then Coonamble in 1981.  He was living at Munmorah, and had undergone several months of chemotherapy.

Tony J. PANOS (15/1/1944 - 15/2/2022)

  • Wayne Linnert, President CBC Officers Club advised "It is with sadness that I advise the sudden passing of Tony. Tony joined the Bank in London Office on 18/04/1962 and later emigrated to Australia. He was appointed to Overseas/International Banking, Head Office where he spent most of his career in this specialised field.   In early 1990 Tony was transferred to retail banking and left the Bank in 1995 from Dural.

  • Frank Maundrell  said: I am indeed sorry to hear of the passing of Tony!   I was in Overseas Dept from 1966 to 1972 and Tony taught me my first job in the Department, that of LOBC Clerk!  That, for the uninitiated, stood for London Office Bills for Collection!  Tony had a step-by-step sheet of how to carry out the various functions of the job and was a good teacher!  I know it was passed on to at least several successive occupants of that exalted position!  He was also one of several "Poms" in the Department, who individually and collectively seemed to be the butt of many jokes and pranks.  They always seemed to take it all with good humour and I certainly got on well with Tony and each of the others!  I also often wonder what would be likely to happen in more recent years, observing the current vogue of "Political correctness"! 
    Would you please pass on my condolences to Tony's family.

  • Kerri Kleidon (Scott) advised: So very sad to read of Tony’s passing.  Tony was my boss in Overseas Department at Royal Exchange branch in the late 70s. A small department, but we had some great characters working there at the time.  I would catch up with Tony whenever I attended the CBC luncheon in Sydney.  My sincere condolence to his family.

  • Margaret Hickey advised: My Thoughts and prayers are with Tony's family and friends . It is really lovely to hear of Tony's travels in our C.B.C.BANK  .

  • Ken Ryan said: This is a shock to us".

  • Geoffrey McIntyre advised: Thank you Wayne for your phone call and official notice re the passing of Tony Panos.
    As I mentioned I was in London Office on a 12 month secondment and was in the Overseas Dept. the day, 18th. April 1962 Tony walked in having just joined the CBC. He was a most impressive young man and little did I realise that I paths would cross in Australia in the following years.
    Apart from the bank connection we were both members of the League of Ancient Mariners who met once a year on a cruise on Sydney Harbour through a mutual friend. Tony was always the same – smiling, cheerful and good company.
    I will miss seeing him at our CBC Lunches where we always recounted “the good old days”.
    He proved, in my time, to have  an excellent broad knowledge of all that was required in international banking and I have learnt from others, after I had left the Bank, that he was a great support to branch and regional managers in the years that followed.
    Sadly I will not be able to attend the funeral service as I have a personal commitment that I cannot change at 12 noon on Tuesday, March 1st.
    Will you please pass on my condolences to Noreen and the Family.  
    Kind regards, Geoff McIntyre AM, Former Chief Manager, International Division, CBC Bank

Lawrence PAULL (7/3/1931 - 10/3/2021)

  • Suzanne Lee, Laurie's daughter advised: Just  letting you know  the sad news that Lawrence  passed away on the 10th March 3 days after his 90th birthday.
    Lawrence’s Father Victor Paull was in the CBC bank and was Manager at Moree for some time.
    Lawrence was working at the Chatswood Branch where he met his wife Barbara early in his career. I think he worked at Campsie  as well before he became Manager of the newly opened branch at Baulkham hills in the 60s. He went on to have 5 children  which Included 2 sets of twins , 7 Grandchildren and 3 Great Great grandchildren.  Laurie will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Kenneth George PETERS (22/7/05):

  • Ken, affectionately known to some as "Yapper" died of cancer on 22nd July, aged 69.

  • John Turner sent this email: "Very sorry to read of the death of Ken. He was very well known and all thought well of him."

  • Wayne Ashbrooke told the September 2005 meeting that he worked with Ken at Maroubra.  He was a colourful character, a likeable rogue who ran the SP book.  He had a good heart and was good company.

  • Brian McCarthy also spoke.  He considered him a legend - always in trouble with horses.

Jim PHELAN (not being a member, dates are not known)

  • On 15th September Forde Leathley advised:- that Jim passed away “the last day or two”. He was Manager Gundagai about late 1970’s till early the 1980’s then he ‘retired’ and had a newsagency /office supplies shop in ACT. When he retired about 3 years ago he was living in Canberra. His widow Margaret worked in Accounts/ledgers ground floor Sydney Office. She is a sister of Bill, Tom, John & Mary Byrne– all CBC officers at one time.
    With Jim & Margaret and 3 or 4 other couples, Pam & I have had a few days away each November for the past 20 years. Jim played Widdon Cup Rugby with the bank in 1963. He has children, some may be overseas.

Donald Stephen PHILLIPS (24/12/2011)

  • More sad news I’m afraid, this time DON PHILLIPS has passed away (whilst with friends) at 8:47 am on 24th December. A private funeral service has been held for him but his friends will be welcome to a commemorative gathering at Tradies, 57 Manchester Road North, Gymea NSW 2227 (Get directions <> ) (02)9540 1933 at noon on 29th January 2012.
    Let me hasten to add how sad I am at the news. I fear that very few officers realised how much they owed 'Daisey'  . Don and I gently clashed on the odd occasion but I counted him as one of my true friends. He twisted arms to the point the bank purchased our Pyrmont premises at a particularly favourable price and he set up a magnificent stationery scheme with a really brilliant numbering system (which we will copy for our archives, and which I have copied for my music collection). I firmly believe Don was a true CBC Hero and I  for one sincerely regret his passing. I also believe he was constructively instrumental in furthering my career and I now regret it is too late to acknowledge his very much appreciated assistance and friendship.  Rowan Raymond-Jones  

David PIRNIE (19/3/1934 - 5/2/2023)

  • Rowan Raymond-Jones advised: David’s March Newsletter has been returned and a telephone enquiry was answered by his daughter Sue Wheeler who advised he passed away after a couple of years in hospital. Sue mentioned her dad very much enjoyed his time in the CBC, saying it was a ‘very good job’ and he particularly appreciated his experience in branches and administration.

  • Fred Harvison wrote: That's sad news. I remember when he joined the Bank. Vic Martin head-hunted David from W D Scott's when they were contracted to introduce Clerical Work Management. David was the project leader at the time but soon settled into the Bank. He was a really nice bloke and very professional. He certainly lived to a good age.


  • Brian passed away some time after attending Fernleigh Castle's Managers' Course # 24 (Current Accounts July 1972).

Dick PORTER (23/10/2018)

  • John Beer advised that Kathy Porter resigned from the Bank when Kathy married Dick Porter, and.

  • that Dick had a number of serious ailments resulting in organ failure and he died on 23 October 2018 aged 82.

Lyndon Charles POTTER (11/1/1940 - 15/12/2019)

  • Sadly, I have to report the passing of our NABROC Far North Coast Group member, Lyndon Charles Potter.
    Lyndon spent much of his service with the CBC Bank on the Far North Coast where he managed Alstonville Branch before moving on to Maclean Branch. His next move was somewhat unusual as he was appointed manager at Alstonville for the second time.
    Lyndon, his wife Coral and their family, loved Alstonville and were very involved in that community.
    He will be sadly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

  • President Wayne Linnert noted: It is with deep regret that we advise the passing of Lyndon who passed away suddenly at home.  Lyndon joined the Bank on 1/03/1959 at Dorrigo.
    Funeral Service will be held at Parkview Funeral Home, Ballina.
    I would like to thank Kevin Nicol for providing us with this information.

PROWSE, Keith James Barrington (23/10/2004):

  • Keith was born 20 February 1920
    1970s Manager Cooma
    1978 Senior Auditor
    husband of Margaret
    late of Canberra & Nelson Bay
    2004 October 23 passed away. (October 25 Monday SMH Pg 33)
    2004 October 28 Thursday
    Keith's funeral service in the Chapel of the Norwood Park Crematorium, Sandford St Mitchell, ACT


  • Kerri Kleidon of the NAB Queensland Retirees' Newsletter advised in their February 2006 issue that Kevin was a CBC officer and has passed away.

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