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William Wallace "Bill" WADDELL (  /1/2012)

  • Sam Clough advised: In His 75th Year, Of Lorn, Maitland.
    Dearly loved husband of ANDREA, adored father and father-in-law of DONNA and MARK RYAN, MATTHEW and KRISTY WADDELL, doting Poppy of KATE and LEILA, brother, brother-in-law and uncle of JOHN, PETER, ANNE, MARGARET, ROBIN, KEN and their FAMILIES.
    Family and friends are invited to attend the Service to be held at St Joseph's Catholic Church, King Street, East Maitland on THURSDAY 5th January, 2012 at 12.30pm. In lieu of flowers donations to the Kidney Foundation may be left at the Church.

Henry WALKER (16/1/1890)

  • Henry Walker was born in London in 1844. His family arrived in Australia in 1853.  He was the eldest son and he became an employee of The Commercial Bank of Sydney.  In 1885, after rising to the status of manager, first in Bourke, then in Bega, he resigned from this bank in order to return to Sydney to educate his children. Some time later he joined the Queensland National Bank, serving in Ivanhoe prior to moving to Cooktown in 1890 just when the QN Bank was building its new premises. 

  • Click here for photo taken by Frank Maundrell of a plaque in that building.  Frank says "It incorporates history from CBC and QNB, both ancestor Banks of NAB.  QNB built the magnificent old Bank building in Cooktown, which features very elaborate red cedar counters and other fittings.  Following closure of QNB (long before merger with NBA), Bank of NSW bought the site for, if memory serves me right, about 500 pounds!  The building is now a museum, concentrating on the building history." 

Jeff WALKER (7/6/09)

  • Alan Holmes advised via Gwen McBeth: It is with sadness that I advise that Jeff passed away this morning after a long battle with Cancer, which started with Prostate and then spread everywhere. I am not sure when the funeral will be, but it will be in the paper. I will not be able to attend as we will be away this week.

Guy Cedric Hardwick WALSH (14/8/2015)

  • Lex Webb advised "I did see the brief Death Notice in the SMH and sadly was unable to attend the funeral.  Guy was a good friend to many in the C.B.C.  and a highly regarded colleague to all.  Guy moved from C.B.C. London Office in the late 1950's and was appointed Senior Trade Development Officer in the International Banking Division where I worked from 1960 to 1968.  In 1969 Guy took up a senior position in the English Trade Confirming House, Schofield Goodman in Sydney.  We kept in touch for a number of years.  Guy was an impeccable dresser and was always the True English Gentleman.  He was an office In The Royal  Air force during World War 2.  Guy was pre-deceased by his wife Sue."

Murray WALSH (31/7/2008)

  • Chris Rush advised that Murray Walsh of the Central Coast passed away 31st July 2008.

Bob WALTON (14/5/2010)

  • Gwen McBeth advised on 15th May:
    "Another sad loss from our CBC family.
    Bob Walton passed away yesterday evening.
    Bob had surgery on Wednesday for a prostate gland problem but suffered heart problems afterwards, was moved to coronary care but had a massive heart attack yesterday. It appears his heart was not in good condition but had not caused symptoms or been investigated."

  • Des Akers advised: "Some of your members might like to know that Bob Walton died here in Melbourne on 14th May.  Bob was a noted cricketer who was in the first Victorian to play Sydney at Petersham Oval during the 1960/61 season and later played Grade Cricket in Adelaide.  Unfortunately Bob did not recover from a Prostate operation that went wrong.  A very large contingent of former CBC staff attended the funeral."

Tom WATERHOUSE

  • John Searle advised that Tom Waterhouse died on 23rd August.

    Had I been present at the meeting I would have liked to say a few words about Tom, so perhaps you, or the President, might read the following.

    “Tom and I had somewhat parallel, though widely apart, lives. Born in 1919, he was 3 months younger than I, and no doubt would have joined the CBC Bank, and retired from it at about the same time.

    The records show his date of enlistment in the 2nd AIF, as 29th May 1940, one day after mine, but he had an Army number  3400 lower than mine - we were both drafted to the same unit –the 2/13th Infantry Battalion.

     We never worked together in the CBC Bank, and we were never close to each other in our war time days. There may be some members present who worked in the Bank with Tom -  I think his Bank service would have been very largely in the Sydney Metropolitan area.  He retired from Manager  MIRANDA Branch, and it was only in my last couple of years, in Personnel Department, that we came anywhere near each other.

    In the Army Tom was in our Mortar Platoon, and I was in a Rifle Company. However we knew of each other as having been in the CBC,  and  after the war, despite never being geographically close, became firm  friends.  I well remember Tom and his Wife, Mary, calling on us when we were in Mudgee – about 1960 it would have been.

     I had very few years in Sydney before I retired in 1982, and it was not until our Army Reunions after that time that we saw much of each other. Tom’s wife, Mary, developed mobility problems at a relatively early age, and Tom became her full time Carer for many years, which limited his movements greatly. Mary died 3 months before Tom. However we maintained frequent contact via the telephone, especially over the past couple years.

    With 5 other army mates of Tom I was able to attend his funeral service at Sutherland on Tuesday  August 30th, and at the invitation of the Family spoke on behalf of the Battalion and the CBC Bank.

Ross WEBB (1988)

  • See Clair Weir below.

Lindsay WEBSTER (23/9/2009)

  • Des Akers advised via Gwen McBeth: I have received word from Fred Laird that Lindsay Webster passed away in Mildura on 23 September and would appreciate you circulating this to our CBC Group.  Lindsay was a top guy who would be remembered by the oldies in particular.

Clair WEIR nee Quelch (12/2011)

  • Many thanks for advising members of the passing of my dear wife Claire as Alan Holmes has notified you.
    Claire was a CBC Bank officer (secretary within Inspector's Department,Head Office ). Her maiden name was Claire Quelch. She married Ross Webb in the early '60's. Ross died in l988 and Claire and I have been married for 22 years.
    These are details that Alan may not know hence my reply.  Please feel free to pass on my email address to any enquirers, I would be happy to reply.
    God bless ,  Kevin Weir.

  • Kevin Meyer advised: Claire was the Southern Inspector's typiste in the early fifties. She later married the clerk, Ross Webb, who passed away some years ago.  Kevin Weir had been widowed about that time and Claire and kevin later married.
    She was a very nice girl and I think she was originally from Sydney.

Mary WICKS (2/2008)

  • Mary’s funeral was held at Northern Suburbs Crematorium North Ryde on 08.02.2008. Although Mary would not have been known to many, she was a very special lady & a very loyal CBC officer. She was the wife of the late Ronald George Wicks who retired as Manager of 28 George St., Parramatta in January, 1972

  • Mary joined CBC at Goulburn in 1939, and due to shortage of staff during the 2nd war, was transferred to Head Office., where she met Ron.  In 1951, he asked for her hand in marriage which she gladly agreed too. Due to Staff Department’s rules of that time, that is, she could not remain at the same branch of her future husband, Mary returned to Goulburn.  Mary & Ron married in 1952, and had two children Jenny & Les.  Mary’s funeral’s was attended by a few ex-staff & partners – Di Mahony; Rosemary Emmett & Ken;¸Ted & Pam Elliott; John Williams and Henry & Yvonne Thorne who shared many good memories of Mary with Jenny & Les. (Thank you Henry Thorne) 

Ronald George WICKS (6/3/1988)

  • WICKS Ronald George Death notice 06 MAR 1988 Death late of Carlingford Sydney Morning Herald 07 MAR 1988

 

Robin WILLIAMS (25/5/2013)

  • Greg Thorp advised that Robin passed away on 25th May.  Robin was Greg's uncle, and was well known from his time in International Division at Head Office.
  • 27th May 2013 Richard Nott advised "He was the kindest and gentlest man I met in the bank. He and Eric Gillespie were great mates. He must have been well into his 90's."  He was nearly 94.
  • It is indeed sad to learn of the passing of Robin Williams.
    He was OIC Overseas Department at Head Office when I joined that Department in 1966 and was still OIC when I left the Department in 1972. I had the utmost respect for Robin, who I never heard raise his voice to anyone. His knowledge was extraordinary and he was always ready and willing to share that knowledge whenever it was needed. As all old CBCers know, the Bank was very formal when it came to interaction between senior staff and junior staff. "Sir" or "Mr." was the invariable mode of address! Robin was the first such senior - to me! - Officer to invite me to use his first name, which I proudly did, even though I had then been in the Department for several years. As we all learnt over time, just because you call someone by his first name does not mean you have no respect for him! That could not be more clearly epitomised, so far as I am concerned, than with the relationship I enjoyed with Robin Williams!
    If you are able, would you please pass on my sympathy to his family.  Vale Robin Williams! I salute you!  Frank Maundrell
  • I have vivid memories of Robin Williams.
    He was “The Manager Overseas Department Head Office 343 George Street” when I arrived from the UK, feeling very disorientated & apprehensive.
    This was the result of having arrived the week before from The CBC London Office (where I had worked for 3 years), with my family.
    I was allocated by Personnel Department to The Overseas Department Head Office.
    I had never worked in an Overseas Department before, & was then only 21 years old.
    So this was a new country, new job & I was not qualified to work in the Overseas Department,
    I had only worked in General banking & Cables.
    As well, I was a “10 Quid Tourist”, who had immigrated to this new country, whereas I had lived for 21 years in the old country.
    When introduced to Robin, I was made to feel extremely welcome.
    He was “The Perfect Gentleman” & really helped with my transition into my new environment - The Overseas Department.
    He was a great person to work with & under, & with his sidekick Eric Gillespie ran a very tight but happy Department.
    I was there for 10 years before being transferred to CBC Royal Exchange as the Bill Clerk & later Assistant Manager in charge of Royal Exchange Overseas Department.
    During my time working under Robin, he ensured that I was exposed to all aspects of Overseas/International Business & Procedures, which stood me in stead for my continued career in the International Field of Banking.
    As stated he was “The Perfect Gentleman & was highly respected by CBC Head Office Management, International & Corporate Divisions, & especially by his staff in The Overseas Department.
    It would be many years before someone of the same calibre as Robin would be found to replace him.
    As Robin moved to The Southern Highlands when he retired & then later to The Central Coast, I like many others lost track of him.
    I did meet Robin (for the first time in many years) at a CBC Luncheon last year & it was great to reminisce with him.
    I am only sorry that I will not be able to attend his funeral.
    My Wife Noreen & myself would be most appreciative if you could extend our condolences to Robin’s Wife & Family.
    Regards,   Tony & Noreen Panos

E. R. (Ross) WILLIAMS (8/11/2008)

  • Kevin Meyer received a call from Vic Martin advising that Ross Williams passed away.  Details will be in Monday's Herald, with the funeral on Tbursday at Balgowlah.

John Hamilton WILSON (21/2/2011)

  • Sorry this is just a quick one to let you know that John Hamilton Wilson ex CBC Manager passed away peacefully on Monday afternoon, he was aged 94 years.  Best wishes, Barbara and Morris

  • 2016 / 2017 born
    1930 approx joined CBCofS
    1935 approx Manager CBC
    19700630 and 19710630 Manager Melbourne Office.
    19720630 Asst Chief Mgr Vic & Mgr Corp Services
    19730630 Asst Chief Mgr Victoria
    19760630 19760101 and 19760630 and 19750301 Asst Chief Mgr NSW
    19770630 Chief Mgr Lending NSW
    1980 approx retired from CBC
    20110223 Monday afternoon died peacefully
    he was aged 94 years.  (information supplied by John Beer)

Malcolm WILSON (30/8/2006)

  • President Alan received an email from Norma and Mal's daughter Rhonda:
    We are all aware of how special you have been to him over the last few years.
  • Alan Pitt wrote in response:  We are all saddened to hear of the loss of Malcolm, myself in particular as I have known Mal for near 30 years, maybe longer. We both had a common interest in the affairs of the coastguard, he as the Commodore and myself as a yacht owner sailing up and down the coast using his facilities.
    We are having our quarterly meeting of the CBC Retired Officers Club this coming Monday when we will make mention of Mal and there will be many Members who will speak of their association with him over the years.
     Sadly, I was not aware of his passing and would have liked to attend his funeral and pay my respects.

Norman Edward McCurdy WINCKLE (6/07/2007)

  • Pat Thorp advised that Mr. Winckle died.   He had been suffering from osteoporosis and was virtually unable to move around.
  • Norman Edward McCurdy Winckle was born at Mooroopna, Victoria, on 17/12/1918, the second son of Arthur and "Bessie" Winckle( formerly Mary Elizabeth McCurdy). His father , a teacher, ran the local single teacher school.
    In the early 1920's Arthur Winckle secured a move to Elwood Primary School in Melbourne. By working in the post office in school holidays and taking in private pupils after hours Arthur and Bessie were able to give their children a good education. Norman was sent to Caulfield Grammar before completing his schooling at the prestigious Wesley College. He learned to play the violin and showed an early aptitude for mathematics.
    For a lad of such a background there was no thought of going to the university when he left school at the age of sixteen in the middle of the depression. Instead he joined the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney Limited at their Swanson Street branch. He studied accountancy at night and over the next few years worked in branches around Victoria before being promoted to the Melbourne Head Office at the age of 22.
    When the Japanese entered the WW2 he enlisted in the 2nd AIF .He was commissioned as a lieutenant and placed in charge of a mortar platoon where his mathematical skills could be used to great advantage. Norman served with the 8th Australian Infantry Battalion in Darwin, the Pacific Islands, especially Bougainville, and in New Guinea . He was discharged in April 1946.
    He returned to his old job with the CBC Sydney with whom he was to remain for the rest of his working life.
    Using the opportunities given to veterans he secured a place in Melbourne University and studying at night completed his Batchelor of Commerce Degree in 1949.
    Capable and gregarious he advanced in the bank and in March 1950 was sent to London. After eighteen months of travel and work in Europe he was recalled to Australia to set up the bank's first Economic Department at its head office in Sydney.
    In 1957 Norman was promoted to Inspector and was given the task of setting up CBC's first Savings Bank.
    In 1965 the death of the Victorian General Manager saw a transfer to Melbourne to head up that office but by 1968 it was time to return to Sydney and set up the bank's finance company...CAGA.
    His entrepreneurial career with CBC also included establishing their joint venture Merchant Bank, Commercial Continental Limited, and organising its first ever computer system at StLeonards. In 1972 he joined the Board as one of the three top executives.
    In 1976 the recession and property market collapse necessitated drastic changes at CAGA. Norman was sent by the Board to rescue the company he had founded. A slow but successful recovery was achieved.
    Norman was made Deputy CEO of the Bank in 1978 and retired in 1981 at the age of 63.
    He held directorships in several listed Companies and served for a time on the Board of the NRMA.
    Norm was of course a family man. In 1953 he married June Manning and together they raised three children...Judith, Gail and Philip. They eventually had 6 grandchildren. Like his father Philip has pursued a career in Banking while Gail is Deputy Head of Gordon Public School.
    Norm was a devout Anglican and served for many years on the management committee of St. Martins, Killara. He was typically to be found at the church door welcoming new arrivals.
    A keen Rotarian , a highlight of his career was the Presidency of Sydney Rotary in the early eighties.
    He was for several years on the Board of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital chiefly in, the capacity of Treasurer ( no doubt related to his position with the Bank.)
    He was interested in sport and in his early days was in the Bank's rowing team. In later life his passion was lawn bowls and he was for many years a member of Killara Bowling Club. Such was his esteem in the club that for several years he was made club Patron.
    He devoted his considerable talents supporting charities such as the Chatswood Sheltered Industries .
    And of course there was freemasonry!
    He was initiated in Lodge Elwood No 283 (Victorian Constitution) on 1st August 1946. Passed (7/11/1946)and raised (1/5/1947) in the same lodge he was eventually forced to call off (31/12/1953) due to his move to NSW.
    In Sydney he initially affiliated with Lodge Antiquity (No1) but called off in favour of Lodge Frank McDowell ( No789) which was much closer to home.
    His affiliation with Frank McDowell took place on 19/11/1956 and he remained in that lodge through it's various "Lives" ever since.
    His business commitments both in Australia and overseas had prevented him from taking the chair but finally settling back into Sydney in the late 1960's he was made Senior Warden in 1971/72 and Worshipful Master in 1972/1973.
    Following consolidation with Lodge Lindfield in 1989 (21/8/1989) he again served as WM for the 1990/1991 Masonic Year. Over the years Norm held several positions in the lodge and was always ready to fill in when required. He was responsible for the introduction of- The Toast to Absent Brethren- and was the first to volunteer when a Caring Officer was required.
    For his Services to the Freemasonry he was awarded the conferred Grand Lodge rank of Past District Grand Inspector of Workings on 8/3/1995.
    He remained an active member of Lodge Frank McDowell Lindfield until its consolidation with Lodges Kiffara and Saves in the formation of Lodge Ku-ring-gai( No1033 ). This occurred on 16/7/2004. He was of course a foundation member. Typically he became one of the Caring Officers.
    I should also mention that he affiliated with Sydney Lodge (No 1020) on 7/6/1997 but called off on 28/2/2005.
    But it was in Christian Freemasonry that Norman really made his mark....
    He was perfected in Avery Chapter on 25/8/1958. After completing his interstate commitments he was enthroned as Most Wise Sovereign of that chapter on 24/8/1970. He received the 30th Degree on 29/1/1972 and the 31st Degree on 16/2/1980.
    Then came a major promotion when on 27/8/1984 he was elevated by the Supreme Council to the 33rd Degree and appointed District Commander for the District of Sydney Northern. During his term of office the Sydney Northern SC was consecrated and naturally he was a foundation member.
    But higher duties awaited ! On 11/10/1988 he was elected to The Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite for Australia, the Order's Governing Body. Here he served for the next nine years successively occupying the positions of Grand Prior, Lieutenant Grand Commander and ultimately Sovereign Grand Commander (Head of the Order in this country ). In this capacity he travelled widely representing the Rite both here and overseas. His three year term completed he stood down on 30/6/1997 but was immediately elected an Honorary Member of that August Body.
    Norm remained a member of Avery Chapter through it's various consolidations (Avery/Vigil and now Mystic Rose No23 formed by the consolidation of Avery/Vigil with Sydney St James/St Ives). He was also a member of Collaroy Daylight Chapter(218) and of several Councils including Sydney Northern, Prince Charles Edward Stuart, Collaroy Daylight and Melbourne SC.
    Norm lived his Freemasonry!! It was so typical of him to be a Caring Officer and to initiate the toast to absent brethren.
    He passed away on Friday the 6th July 2007.
    At his request the family had a private funeral. He would not have wanted to make a fuss!!
    V Wor Bro Norman Edward McCurdy Winkle certainly lived respected. His passing is a loss to us all.
    Graham M H Piper PJGW
    Eulogy delivered at Lodge Ku-ring-gai on 16/7/2007
     

Helen WINSLOW (18/11/2006)

  • Helen was the wife of Ray and an ex-officer.
    WINSLOW, Helen (nee Charles)- passed away November 19, 2006 aged 79 years.
    Beloved wife of Elton Ray
    Loved mother of Tim and Barbara
    Adored grandmother of Robert Thomas & Rachel
    Private cremation was held Wed Nov 22 2006 in Dubbo (SMH 23/11/2006)

Kevin John WINTER  (26/5/2000)

  • 1951 / 1952 born
    1968 joined CBC Mudgee; Junior Mudgee when Noel Crowley was working at CBC Mudgee
    CBC Cobar
    Audit Clerk
    Accountant CBC Gunnedah at which time Kev’s wife worked at CBC Boggabri
    Accountant CBC Newcastle West
    Manager Mandurama
    Kev was in car hit by train. Noel Crowley wrote :-
    “The motor vehicle that collided with the train, in which he was travelling, was driven by a local police officer and Kevin was left for dead.
    “He` spent close to four months in RPA - three of those was in Intensive Care where he would be adjust about lost and the come back again.
    “I visited him in IC at this time and I am not sure if he knew who I was but I stayed some five minutes and then as I left I told him to make up his mind what he wanted to do, because they wanted the bed!
    “I went back the following Wednesday (next week) and went to IC to see him, but upon enquiry I was told he wasn't there anymore (you can imaging what went through my mind). Anyway upon further enquiry I was told he had moved to a recovery ward upstairs and yes I could see him.
    “When I got there he was sitting up in bed as large as "LIFE" itself!
    “The following week (again Wednesday) I visited, and it was the day he was told he had lost the use of the right arm - they were going to amputate but he insisted he keep - and so he did.
    “This news, of course upset him no end. I did not see BIG KEV again although I used to talk to him on the phone on occasions (e.g. while relieving the Manager at Gunnedah)”
    John Beer advised that during audit of Moss Vale where Kevin was Manager. Kevin said he had no doubt about next life after he travelled through a tunnel after death then came back to life.
    From Moss Vale Kevin became Manager Agricultural Business Narrabri
    20000526 killed; died age 48 late of Narrabri formerly Gulgong
    20000527 SMH; 20000530 Mudgee Guardian20000530 North Western Courier (Narrabri)
    WINTER Kevin John Death notices 26 MAY 2000 Death 48 late of Narrabri, formerly of Gulgong Sydney Morning Herald 27MAY2000, Mudgee Guardian30MAY2000, North Western Courier (Narrabri) 30 MAY 2000
    Noel Crowley continued :- “
    Big Kev unfortunately used up all his lives back in May 2000 and all who knew him are the sadder for it.“

Ian WISDOM (28/10/2009)

  • Gwen McBeth passed on this message from DesAkers:
    "I noticed in Herald Sun of yesterday - 2/11/09 that Ian passed away on 28 Oct and that there is only a Private Cremation.
    Sad to see another of the “characters” go. Wiz was one of a kind. I can never forget the day when he was in Premises with me and one of those “dye bombs” exploded and covered him from waist up. He had 14 showers and still had marks on him for days!"

Les H WOODHOUSE (prior to 2006)

  • Les was in Accountant's Department Head Office.
    Les attended Fernleigh Castle's Managers' Course # 24 (CA July 1972 Pg 12).
     

George Keith WOOD (4/12/1982)

  • John Beer advised that Keith retired in 1982 to Northbridge.  He passed away at a hospital at Northbridge. He was husband of Lois, father of Gail and Julie.  (SMH 6/12/1982)
    He was Manager, Pymble.  Auditor.  Lodge Warringah No. 353 UGL of NSW Officers and brethren..
     

Beatrice WYNDHAM (2/2009)

  • SMH 20 Feb 2009 Pg 26 Deaths & Funerals:-

    " Wyndham Beatrice Margaret (nee Grieves) wife of Harold mother of John and David aged 96 privately cremated "

    • John R Wyndham was in Overseas Department, later International Division.
    • David B Wyndham was John R Wyndham's brother, who also worked with CBC on Relief Staff

YULE, Jack Cairns (24/11/2010)

  • Late of Broadwater Court Retirement Village, Kincumber. Passed away peacefully November 24, 2010.
    Beloved husband of Brenda. Much loved father of Mark, fond father- in-law of Amanda, adored grandfather of Jessica and Rebecca.
    Aged 90 Years    Always In Our Hearts"     "Privately cremated."   Saturday December 4, 2010, The Sydney Morning Herald

 

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