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It is with the deepest regret that we record the passing of QCC Members.
Our sincerest sympathy goes to the bereaved family and friends.   

Unfortunately there is no automatic means to inform either IBM or the QCC of someone's demise so if you hear of the recent passing of an IBMer, please let the NSW QCC Secretary know.    He/she will pass the information on to IBM and the QCC community and if they are a QCC Member, their name will be added here.    The current NSW QCC Secretary's contact details are on our Contacts page.

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20? Jan 2019 Tony Kandaiya:  Sadly, the QCC has to advise members of the death of Tony Kandaiya.  Tony was born in Sri Lanka and joined IBM there in mid 1966 as a Customer Engineer.  Later, as a Systems Engineer he led several major automation programs for Government Services in Sri Lanka and was a pioneer in the development of the IT industry there.  He migrated to Australia in 1975, starting as a Tape Librarian.  By 1986, he had moved through the SE ranks to lead the Large Systems Support Group, responsible for major mainframe installation in Australia and Asia Pacific.  One of his young team at the time, who is still with IBM, responding to news of his passing commented: "The discipline and approach to planning that he instilled in us has stayed with me for more than 30 years and has been fundamental to the way I approach my work.  In fact, Ive become just like Tony in the (demanding) way I mentor others!" From 1997 until his retirement after 37 years of service in 2002, Tony held the position of Sales and Solutions Executive, e-Markets , for IBM Asia Pacific covering all Asia Pacific countries.

After retirement, Tony launched a new career, In 2004, he started a non-profit organisation (Partners in MicroDevelopment Inc) to help Sri Lankan village schools improve their teaching of English and Computer Literacy.  His 14 years of dedication to that cause has left it able to continue his mission into the future.

In 2011, he graduated from Swinburne University with a Master of Business (eBusiness and Communication) and on December 19, 2018, exactly a month before his passing he stepped on stage at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to receive his PhD from Swinburne, his proudest achievement.

Tony has been a role model in many contexts during his life and career.  One of his old LSSG team said: "His brilliant mind, highly disciplined approach, and having his heart in the right place, has had and will continue to have a profound effect on anyone who spent time with him, even just professionally."

Tonys illness caused his rapid decline over the past month.  But he had several projects on the go and was issuing instructions from his hospital bed.  These will be followed to the letter by his PIMD team.  There will be an informal memorial this Saturday at the 8 am Mass at Holy Name of Mary Church in Mary Street, Hunters Hill, followed by Morning Tea in the parish hall from 8:30 until 10:00 All members are welcome to join Tonys family and friends to celebrate his life, share memories and support each other.

Author: Dr Donna Vaughan - Vice President - Partners in Micro-Development Incorporated.  [Donna was also Tonys life partner – you can write to her at 1/49 Meriton Street, Gladesville, 2111]

Published by QUARTER CENTURY CLUB INCORPORATED—Fred Hawkins (Secretary)

16? Jan 2019 Tony Andrews:  Yes, sadly, that is our Tony Andrews, who came to work with us in Sydney Branch in August 1961, joined our Quarter Century Club in August 1986 and retired in October 1989.  Tony worked in Northern Region Large Account Marketing.  He became a Consultant for the Information Systems Management Programme which gave IBM the lead over its many competitors in the world of Big Iron.  He was without equal as a presenter.  He said what he thought.  He was decisive. He was chosen by top Corporate Management to take the IBM message to Asia, spending much of the 1980s visiting potential large system customers in the emerging markets of India, China, Malaysia, etc.  His efforts did much to enable IBM to reach out and establish the company in places where political reality had been blocking us from participating.  It has been said that todays IBM has more people in India than it has in the homeland USA.

Alas, in recent decades, cancer entered Tonys life and took some of the shine off his well-earned retirement.  As a QCC member, he supported our events when he could.  At our 2018 Annual General Meeting, he did not stand for election to the Committee, but five days thereafter he asked if there was some contribution he could make to the QCC and we saw fit to appoint him as a Committee Member.  He willingly accepted the leadership role in a project that he would have been perfect for.  Molly tells me that he embraced his new QCC role with enthusiasm in the firm belief that he could beat the cancer.  He told me that he relished the opportunity to "give something back to his IBM colleagues".

But, it was not to be.  Sudden and unexpected changes took him from a walking, talking, statesman-like person to a person in constant pain, needing walking aids and eventually a wheelchair all in the passage of a few weeks.  Death came earlier this week.

8 Dec 2018 Loic Etournaud: With sadness, the QCC advises members that Loic passed away in his native France on 8 December 2018.   Loic was born in 1943 and migrated to Australia with his family at the age of 20.   At 27 he joined IBM and stayed for the whole of his career.   Along the way he worked in Intermediate Systems in large accounts and made at least one 100% Club.   He met his wife Rosalind Griffin who also worked for IBM.   Loic provided excellent service to IBMs customers.   He was noted for his work with the AMP account.   He qualified for the QCC in 1995 and was an Advisory SE at the time of his retirement.   In retirement he took his family to France where they settled in a province south of Toulouse.  Two sons (Leif and Eden) from a previous marriage still live in Australia.   Loic has remained in touch with old IBM friends including Dirk Jansen, Mike Benton, Ian Cameron and Warren McLaughlan. 

Warren tells the story thus: "My association with Loic started in the early 80s when we worked in the same area at the IBM Centre in Sydney.   I had recently switched from the Technical Area Support Group into Marketing and was feeling my way.  Loic and I clicked immediately and it was inevitable that we would include our families in our socialising.   I often wonder why it was that we sought each other out.   We had little in common other than a love of travel, red wine and French food, but around the dinner table there was never a time when we were stuck for subjects to discuss.   Loic had a quite wonderful sense of humour.   I could just close my eyes and hear Inspector Clousseau, aka Peter Sellers of Pink Panther fame, making us laugh in the same way as Loic did. 

"We gave Loic a bottle of Veuve Cliquot on the understanding that it would be opened when he and Ros became a family of three.   In due course, Margarita arrived from Bolivia as a three year old.   She picked up English and French so quickly and I was soon having my French pronunciation corrected by this feisty young lady.   Cassoulet was on the menu whenever I had an opportunity to visit with the Etournade family. 

"Loic had the mitral valve in his heart replaced around 2008.   All went well until 2017 when it was discovered that the new valve was leaking.   The valve was replaced again in April 2018 but complications set in that eventually led to his passing earlier this month.   Im going to miss the regular phone calls.   I will miss hearing his voice."

9 Nov 2018 Neil Taylor:

With great sadness, the Quarter Century Club advises members of the death of Neil Taylor.  Neil joined IBM in September 1954 in Customer Engineering.  It would be 5 years before the first computers arrived but Neil was challenged by a growing range of Unit Record machines.  He quickly digested concepts and technical details and was soon providing support to the rapidly growing field CE force. 

Warren McLaughlin takes up the story: My association with Neil goes back to 1953.  I had just started at CSIRO and Neil was my boss for the first 18 months. 

We were in Meat Research when Neil made his decision to move to IBM.  During a return social visit two years later, Neil convinced me that IBM had much to offer.  The rest is history; Neil became more that a workmate.  It was always a delight to catch up socially with Lorna and Neil.  Whilst we all join the family in mourning his passing, he remember that he has left us an iconic legacy - a brilliant engineer who influenced so many IBMer’s in achieving their career goals.’

John Watts recognised Neils talent early and approved training in the USA.  Together with Ray Matterson and Ray Williams, he trained on the 305 RAMAC.  Whilst they returned to prepare for the first machines, Neil stayed and studied the 1620, the scientific computer that allowed IBM to open up new business opportunities.  John adds I’m sure I speak for the CE community in mourning Neil’s passing.  He was a close friend to many and he had an unmatched level of logic that would unravel challenges even on equipment for which he was not trained—a genius with few peers.  In their retirement, Lorna and Neil enjoyed campervan trips exploring our wide brown land .  We will all miss his companionship.’

Ron Oastler was one of the five who joined IBM from Food Research CSIRO, he being associated with Fruit Preservation.  He tells of Neils personal attributes: "He was an open and frank individual who was easy going yet could be intensely serious and thoughtful when appropriate". 

Neil fitted out a van for touring; he also had a ski-boat.  Many will recall that Neil and Derrick Williamson were our resident gurus on HiFi.  One of their projects was to build and commission a 16mm projection facility in the ‘50s for the War Veterans at Narrabeen.  Neil was always available to advise his many techo friends.  Those without the necessary skills to do it themselves were supported with equipment known as TAYLOR-MADE. 

The onset of deafness eventually made audio impossible.  So Neil tried painting with some success. 

Neil leaves behind Lorna (who moulded him) and their two sons and two daughters and their families with a total of eleven grandchildren.  Neil took great pride in his family and passed on to them his many skills and abilities. 

Published on behalf of QUARTER CENTURY CLUB NSW INCORPORATED, Fred Hawkins - Secretary

25 Oct 2018 Quentin Bradfield:

Quentin Bradfield, better known to his many IBM colleagues as QB joined IBM in March 1977 and was a very likeable South African with a pleasant smile and engaging accent.   He soon became a team player at IBM, quick to welcome and assist others, and happy to receive assistance when needed. 

Throughout his 35 years at IBM, QB’s flexibility enabled him to take on many roles, from ‘Office Products Customer Engineer’ to Management, Account Management & Administration Roles.   QB was always willing to help – at the great IBM Christmas Parties held at Luna Park, there was QB transporting Father Christmas in his MG sports car. 

At weekends, Sue and QB often enjoyed early morning runs in the MG with Don & Greta Hayes in their MG.  However, like most sports car enthusiasts, more time was spent procrastinating about his two MG’s than driving them. 

Quentin’s well developed social skills were exercised regularly at Billy Bell’s South Melbourne tavern, (when we were located at Sturt St) after work, with many of his work colleagues.  This was a great time to relax together and discuss their crazy customers!!

QB started his long IBM career fixing IBM golf-ball typewriters.  His mechanical mastery and suave personality was perfectly matched to his assigned patch of sophisticated ‘marketing’ and ‘advertising agencies’ clients in Albert Park and South Melbourne….  he loved those dimly lit and smokey offices.  IBM Management then leveraged his ‘Are You Being Served’ skills when they got QB to introduce Point of Sale terminals into Fletcher Jones men’s stores in the city and some large regional Victoria centres.  He also led the IBM support for the POS revolution in retail at Coles Doncaster and Melbourne City stores.  They were challenging and successful times for IBM,.  Quentin’s cool professional nature, coupled with his technical skills, made him a standout performer of that era.

QB enjoyed flying model airplanes, and he did this with IBM colleagues Will Davis and Trevor Pugh. 
Quentin joined the GMAC (Greensborough Model Aircraft Club) in 2006 (approx) and remained a member for many years, actively supporting the club at working bee’s and annual show days.  After learning to fly, he built and flew several types of remote control model planes at the GMAC flying field located at Yarrambat Park.  His favourite model was a Great Plane’s ‘Spacewalker’ an advanced sports model which he built and expertly flew at the clubs field on his regular Sunday morning visits.  Quentin was a highly valued member of the GMAC and will be sadly missed by his many friends at the club.

Amidst his busy working career, fatherly responsibilities and hobbies, QB managed to renovate and extend his home in leafy Glen Iris.  Not surprisingly he was hands-on with all aspects of the project such as roof tiling, plumbing and painting those lovely weatherboards.  All challenges of the projects were met with his typical good nature and can do attitude.

QB loved an adventure.  He particularly enjoyed retelling stories of two big family trips, to central Australia and a safari holiday in his homeland of South Africa. 

In recent years, QB joined with various IBM groups for occasional lunches, his presence always welcome.  He loved his mid-morning coffee chats at his local cafe, Bella Sistas.  Was it the lovely waitress or the eccentric ‘Basil Faulty’ like boss (Pino) that kept him entertained??

QB will not be forgotten, he will always be remembered as a good friend, a gentleman with a pleasant smile and engaging accent. 

24 Oct 2018 Gerard Holouigue:

IBM QCC Victoria is saddened to hear of the passing of Gerard Holuigue.  Many will have fond memories of Gerard’s years as a Systems Engineer in Melbourne.

The following Obituary notice appeared in The Age newspaper:


Formerly of Le Touquet – Paris – Plage France died peacefully last Wednesday in his favourite chair, in his favourite room with his favourite dog by his side.

A selfless and devoted family man who was loved by Di, Marni, Nick, Fi and Stu and his five grandchildren Noah, Alfie, Louis, Billy and Charlie.

Il va nous manquer beaucoup.

Aug 2018 Jim Kehoe:

The Quarter Century Club NSW Inc with great sadness advises members of the death of Jim Kehoe. 

Jim joined IBM in February 1967 as a Systems Engineer and quickly became recognised for his skills in managing Information Systems.  He quickly became an SE Manager and went on to fill a marketing rep role specialising in Large System Accounts. 

In the early 1980s he was appointed as Country Systems Assurance Manager.  He went on to use his acknowledged skills in a number of key roles including working with the team at the Commonwealth Bank. 

Jim was a man that people with a problem sought advice from.  It was always given in a way in which you could learn.  He was tolerant and patient and treated people well.  Both customers and colleagues regarded him as one of the good guys. 

At the beginning of 1992, Jim retired after almost 28 years.  Recently, they decided to move to Port Macquarie and to travel a little. 

Enjoying their travelling, Jim and Muriel were walking on the beach in Noumea when he slipped and broke his hip.  Surgery was performed but post-surgery Jim contracted an infection and despite all attempts to save him he succumbed to pneumonia. 

Jim was a typical IBM’er.  He worked for IBM during the era when we were all coming to grips with emerging technology.  It was an era when IBM people were at the bleeding edge and were recognised by IBM for their great pioneering work in building the disciplines that our customers needed to become proficient at using the products that made IBM great. 

There was a Service for Jim in the Catholic Church at Port Macquarie today.  May he rest in peace.  Thanks, Jim, for your cheery, smiling guidance, freely given. 

Published on behalf of QUARTER CENTURY CLUB NSW INCORPORATED - Fred Hawkins - Secretary


16 Aug 2018 Allan Moyes:
It is with sadness that I report that Allan Moyes died early Thursday morning following a heart attack.   I was with him on Wednesday afternoon in hospital where he was recovering from surgery on his leg.

He was bright and we were able to recall some of the humorous events we shared in IBM's history over the years.

Allan Moyes played a significant roll in the transition of IBM Australia from the Time Recording business prior to the 1950s to the leading information processing business it is today.   He joined IBM in 1953 as a student salesman.   The very first sales class consisted of Alan Moyes, Peter Holmes a Court, Ray Ctercteko, Bill Tait and Jean Laing.   He was out in the field as a DP Salesman in 1955 and in 1956 was appointed branch manager in Melbourne.

Following the passing of General Manager, George Bennett in September 1958, Allan Moyes became General Manager of IBM Australia.

In 1958, there were three main divisions of IBM; Data Processing, Electric Typewriters, and Time Systems, each uniquely different.   Under Allan Moyes leadership, these divisions integrated into the successful organisation that it is today.   He managed the rapid growth of the business technology from the IBM 7090 in 1961, through the 360 and 370 series, all of which required significant staff recruitment and training.

In 1962, he was appointed Region Manager for the South Pacific which included New Zealand.   In 1968-69, Allan Moyes and family moved to the USA where he had a special assignment at IBM World Headquarters.

His contribution to the Australian business community was recognised in 1975 with an AO Award, Order of Australia.   He continued as Chief Executive through to 1979 when he became Chairman of the Board of IBM Australia.

On the personal front, I have to say Allan Moyes was a pillar of integrity.   His leadership has never been matched and no Chief Executive has ever enjoyed the love and respect that he engendered.   He passed away in his 97th year.   I will certainly miss our regular meetings for coffee and chat.   I have nothing but great memories of a wonderful individual.

AUTHOR     John Watts

Published on behalf of QUARTER CENTURY NSW INCORPORATED  Fred Hawkins - Secretary


Aug 2018 Boris Rocchi:

The Quarter Century Club NSW Inc with great sadness advises members of the death of Boris Rocchi. 

Before he came to IBM in 1973, Boris worked at Qantas as an Electronics Technician, a background that prepared him well for the challenges of System 360 and 370 as a Customer Engineer. 

Boris was assigned a suburban territory in Area B which he ran for some years to the satisfaction of his customers. 

When he moved into providing after-hours emergency response he showed his ability to handle difficult situations and better still to avoid them with good Account Management.  He was a good salesperson for IBMs basic belief of excellence in providing customer service. 

In his life outside IBM, Boris was noted for his attraction to anything that went fast.  He owned several fast cars including his well known highly modified fire engine red Subaru WRX.  He was a keen water skier and naturally owned a fast ski boat with which he introduced many IBMers to the thrills of moving fast across the water.  He was also into motor cycles and was a regular at the Pie Shop in Cowan. 

Less well known was his interest in photography.  For some years, with wife Sue he ran a photography business specialising in weddings and other events. 

Being the son of a musician, Boris shared his fathers interest, particularly in big band music.  He learned to play trumpet and for many years experimented with high quality sound reproduction. 

Boris left IBM and retired after a long and serious illness.  He fought long and hard for survival but eventually lost the fight.  He left behind his wife Sue, their children Paula and Adam, and three grandchildren.  (Author: QCC Member Harry Alcorn) (Picture: QCC Member David Morgan)

QCC Member David Mooney reports that Boris was an esteemed member of the Hills Ulysses Motorcycle Club and his life has been featured in their latest Newsletter.  The funeral procession will leave Packard Avenue in Castle Hill at 10:50 am on Monday 20th and will be led by Adam Rocchi riding Boriss Motorbike and an escort of club members.  There will be a memorial service at the Garden Chapel at Castlebrook in Rouse Hill beginning at 11:15 am.  Afterwards, there will be a celebration of Boriss life at The Fiddler beginning at 12:30 pm.  Everyone that knew Boris is invited to attend.  Cards and letters to the family can be sent via Allan Drew Funerals of Castle Hill. 

Boris will be fondly remembered by the many IBMers that he came into contact with during his 33 year long IBM career. 

Published on behalf of QUARTER CENTURY CLUB NSW INCORPORATED  Fred Hawkins—Secretary


July 2018 John Thompson:

The Quarter Century Club has lost another legend.   The bad news comes to us from Tasmania via QLD as Johns long term friend and colleague Denis Hickey advises:

I will talk about John in the first person, as we worked together and became friends in the latter part of our respective retirements.   My wife Claire also remembers John from when he first joined IBM in 1967 in Palmer St Sydney. 

John joining IBM in Sydney started a career spanning 38 years in IBM, joining as an OPCE and working territories in the city and suburbs.   For personal reasons John elected to move to Brisbane in the early 70’s and together with other Brisbane staff, experienced the devastating 1974 Brisbane Floods.   John was affected both personally at his home in Jindalee and in the efforts of IBM staff in support of customers also affected by flood waters. 

John was an outstanding field technician, together with customer support skills, which stood him and IBM in good stead as he was a major player in the support of the IBM Copiers Models 1 &2. 

Any IBMer of that period will tell you the Copiers were the most difficult equipment to maintain and keep customers on side.   It would be true to say that John was also highly thought of by the Branch Marketing Staff for his technical and customer skills.   John earned his "IBM=Service" award many times over. 

As a Senior CE, John took up residence on the Gold Coast and supported IBMs customer base.   At this time, John was a CE with more training on IBMs Office Equipment including ATMs and some other GBG products than any engineer I have ever known.   This was due to his long career in Field Engineering and as he initially was the sole IBM Rep on the Gold Coast and needed to service the whole range of IBM products. 

On the personal side, most of John
s friends will remember his devotion to the Alfa Romeo Sports Car.   I think he had upwards of about 80 cars scattered around his property at Piggabeen, just over the border in NSW.   His devotion to the vehicle extended to driving a sports version around his territory, not an ideal vehicle to transport tools and equipment.   His part time hobby became a source of income and support Australia wide for Alpha spare parts.   His part time business and property was known as "Alfa Farm". 

After his retirement and for personal reasons, John and wife Donna, made the decision to move to Tasmania, on the outskirts of Launceston.   John
s last battle with Leukemia was the culmination of a life served to the fullest.   It is my regret that his retirement has been cut short after so many years of hard work.   John and Donna deserved better. 

John passed away in palliative care at St Lukes Private Hospital 24 Lyttleton St Launceston Tasmania 7250.   A service is to be held at the hospital Chapel this coming Friday.   After the cremation Donna will fly (with ashes) to the Gold Coast and her family, where a memorial service for John will be held, no date available at this time.   It will be posted on the QCC website when we have something more definite. 

Denis Hickey—July 2018

Donna can be phoned on 0457 227 760.   Their mail is PO Box 49 WESTBURY Tasmania 7303. 

Published by the QUARTER CENTURY CLUB NSW INC on behalf of President Bruce James and the members of the QLD CHAPTER.   Fred Hawkins (Secretary)

Prior to 15 June 2018 Celine Van der Bosch:  Please, if you knew Celine and something of her history in IBMA, could you please send an email to Fred Hawkins (   We would also like to know her date of death and if we can publish her funeral details. 
1 Apr 2018 Barry Anderson: Barrys long career with IBM Australia began in 1963 when he joined in Palmer Street after serving his apprenticeship as an electrician with the Sydney County Council.   He worked in the Sydney CBD as a Customer Engineer and gained great customer acceptance.  

Barry joined the Quarter Century Club in 1988 and retired at the end of 1998 with more than 35 years spent in the companys service.   He was possibly best known as the affable Manager of the Workshop and Repair Centre where he was responsible for the repair of insurance damage, the reconditioning of rental machines and other repair centre services.   In this role he met many IBMers with problems and assisted them to overcome difficult circumstances with provision of urgently needed machines to speedily solve customersneeds.   If it could be done, Barry would accept the challenge and find a way to solve the problem quickly and decisively.   In his life outside of IBM, the very same characteristics applied and he was known amongst his family and friends as Mr Fixit and frequently called on to perform the almost impossible.  

The Andersons, Carmen and Barry, frequently attended Quarter Century Club social events and were warm and companionable members.   In retirement, Barrys family became his passion and in return they surrounded him with love and respect.   He is survived by his devoted wife Carmen, his children, his grandchildren and his nieces and nephews who will all surely miss his advice and guidance.  

Published on behalf of the Quarter Century Club Incorporated.   Fred Hawkins—NSW Secretary

17 Mar 2018 Russell Brooks:
6 Feb 2018 Geoff Sutherland: Prior to IBM, Geoff taught primary school at Rockdale and obtained a Bachelor of Economics at UNSW.   He came to IBM at 25 as a Systems Engineer assigned to the new Qantas installation in Sydney mentored by legends Stu Robinson and Ian Neale.   Later, he spent time on the Westpac account where IBM was helping the customer to bring about the huge change from overnight batch processing to real time transactions across a national network of challenging scale.   Geoff showed us an analytical mind capable of filtering a raft of technical detail and presenting it with clear conviction and enthusiasm.  

In 1982, the steel industry was hit by recession, world oversupply, competition and rising costs.   BHP was struggling with obsolete technology, fragmented systems and distributed and incompatible databases.   They had 50 computers with 160 terminals from 11 different manufacturers spread over 27 departments and there were 30 major applications.   It had to be modernised right through the process from traditional ingots to continuous casting and hot rolling to finished products.   IBM won the contract to replace the competitive mainframes.   Geoff was an SE Manager and he took on the task of providing specialised support for BHP staff.   Over a four year period he orchestrated the deployment of 30 specialist IBMers; the primary measure of success being a high level of customer satisfaction.   Arguably, one of IBMs most noteworthy projects, finished to the satisfaction of, arguably, IBMAs toughest customer.  

IBM asked Geoff to go to Brisbane, opening up at the time as a source of potential business.   Geoff moved his family there for two years whilst he consulted on a number of very challenging tenders including a large electrical authority.   He established a very competent Systems Assurance and left the branch with a much upgraded capability and a host of lifelong family friends.   The family were able to purchase a small surf catamaran frequently crewed by Sue and IBMers.   Geoff pursued his love for sailing and was able to introduce Sue to the big waves along the Gold Coast.  

In the late 1990s, Geoff moved into a HQ role both within ANZ and then in Asia Pacific.   He represented AP strategy strongly on the CRM team for several years covering the Solution Design and Delivery aspects of the overall CRM Transformation Team.   There were numerous other projects capably handled including the Commonwealth Banks massive Move to Burwood done to Geoffs Plan.   And the Systems Management that saved the day at AMP in 1985.  

Sue and Geoff enjoyed all the travel and took a number of overseas trips together.   Following his loss of Sue, Geoff developed a yen for walking and became pretty fit.   In 2016, he walked the Milford Sound Track in NZ with his son Chris.   The following year he went on a longish trip to South America, some of it with daughter Louise and it included some tough walks.   In the second half of 2017 they visited Italy and France, walking in the Dolomites and the Alps.   It was there that he felt the very first signs of something not being quite right with his breathing.  

Geoff was one of those individuals with enormous empathy for his fellow workers and friends.   He had the rare ability to engender you with confidence after you spent some time with him.   His acceptance and tolerance of others was exemplary; he just did not waste time on criticism—perhaps with the exception of politics.   He had a lifelong interest in things aeronautical and could always be relied on to explain different aircraft, their qualities and their foibles.  

Above all, he exuded love and respect for his wife Sue, his children and his grandchildren.  

[Thanks to Louise Sutherland, Noel Hukins, John Garrett, Richard Harrison, Bruce James, Jock Marcks, Geoff Nash]

Published by the NSW Quarter Century Club.   Fred Hawkins, NSW Secretary

22 Jan 2018 Bob HallBob joined IBM in January 1965.   His first role was as a Sales Representative in Wellington, New Zealand.   He moved to Sydney Branch in the 1970s.   Success followed success and he quickly rose to the position of Marketing Manager.   When the need arose he was appointed SE Manager.   He went on to hold a series of staff management roles.  

Bob was responsible for developing and implementing the Channel Marketing Strategy.   With Channel Marketing established, Bob went on to establish performance standards and analysis, planning and control in Channel Marketing.   He qualified for the Quarter Century Club in January of 1990 and retired shortly thereafter.   Following his retirement, he offered his services to the QCC and served for a time as Secretary.  

QCC member Brian Pollard recalls: ‘Bob was a larger than life character who held strong opinion on a wide variety of topics.   He was a generous and sincere man who was unfailingly interested in your point of view.   He attended the famous Monday Lunch with great regularity and happily attended his last lunch on the day of his death.’

Dec 2017 Doug Kerr: With great sadness.    the Quarter Century Club advises members of the passing of Doug Kerr.    Doug was being treated after a fall that resulted in a broken hip when his doctors discovered a serious, unfixable, heart abnormality.   

Doug is survived by his wife Pat.    Both Doug and Pat had lost their first spouses and have adult children from their previous marriages.    They met and married in their seventies and their union has brought them great happiness.   

Doug trained as a technician with the Australian Navy.    He was assigned to our first Aircraft Carrier HMAS Sydney and played a long and dangerous part in the Korean war.    IBM Customer Engineering liked to hire men who had trained in the services.    Their skill and experience was notable and their ability to find solutions outside the regular IBM service plans was remarkable.   

Doug joined IBM in July of 1959 and was trained on Unit Record equipment on which his skills were put to good use.    In the last 10 years of his 27 year career with IBM, he set up and and managed the Parts Rework Centre and led a team of 10 people.    Their mission was to reclaim Field Replaceable Units.    In order to give our customers the greatest possible computer availability, IBM stocked FRUs that enabled our CEs in the field to diagnose and quickly fix computer faults by swapping FRUs containing multiple parts.    Doug and his people devised ways to repair and test the replaced FRUs and return them to stock for future use.    This was later extended to cover the reclamation of system under.   floor cabling.    For IBM and for Australia, this venture was highly successfully and saved IBMA millions of dollars by buying salvaged parts and cables from Dougs group.    The competence of the group was internationally recognised with other countries happy to buy his output at less than factory prices.   

Those who worked with Doug came to know him as an amiable and cheery person who was always pre.   pared to pass on his skills and experience to his fellow CEs who didnt have the advantage of having learned their trade under conditions where you had to be quite as self.   sufficient.    Dougs desire through life was to help his colleagues, often with ideas and techniques that were outside the nine dots.   

In life after retirement, Doug was blessed by finding Pat, a loving Kiwi lady who was as readily and easily accepted by Dougs family as he was with hers.    Together they travelled.    They enjoyed lawn bowling.    Dougs experience with the navy, led him into a lifetime interest in model aircraft which he continued to be interested in after retirement.   

Thank you, Doug, for your friendship, your pioneering work and for so often showing us the way.   

Published on behalf of the NSW Chapter of the Quarter Century Club.    Fred Hawkins — NSW Secretary

29 Oct 2017 Garry Webb: With great sadness, the Quarter Century Club advises members that one of its most respected colleagues passed away on Saturday morning, 27 Oct 2017 having fought prostate cancer for 10 years.   

Garry is survived by his beloved wife Lyn, their daughters Terese, Serena and Adele and their families, including 8 grandchildren, to all of whom the QCC offers our deepest sympathy in their great loss.   

Garrys long career in IBM began in Finance in 1962.    He held many roles gaining wide financial experience, His first IBM management appointment was as Funds Control Manager in 1969.   

Further management roles included Treasury Services, Budgets and Planning and Treasury Operations.    In 1982, Garry was on assignment in Hong Kong as Budgets and Planning Manager for the South East Asian Region.    In 1985, he was back in Australia and appointed IBM Australia Controller.    In 1986 he became Director of Finance and Planning for the IBM Australia Credit Company and stayed with them in various management roles until his retirement in 1999 with 37 years of IBM service.   

During his time at IBM, Garry also served on the CPA Australian Disciplinary Committee for 15 years beginning in the 1980’s, and the Commerce & Industry Committee of the CPA for 5 years.    He was an advisor to the Dean of the School of Business at Western Sydney University for 5 years.   

He joined Rotary in 1998 and took on many roles including Chairman of the Northern Beaches Drug.   Arm, and the Advisory Committee for the Hornsby PCYC.    In 2005 he was elected President of Wahroonga Rotary and in 2006 he joined the Board of the Novus Foundation where he served for his last 11 years.    Through the Novus Foundation he was asked to serve on the Sydney Adventist Hospital Foundation Board and the Fund Raising Committee for the new Cancer Centre at the SAN.   

Garrys life has been dedicated to helping people with work that must go on without him into the future.    His ever.   guiding hand in matters Financial will be sadly missed.    Thank you, Garry, for all you did for us in your time with us at IBM, but more importantly for the time you gave to use your skills and experience to assist the wider community.   

A great number of people will be thinking of Garry this week.    The Webb family invites all who knew him to come and celebrate his remarkable life with them at the Thanksgiving Service on Friday.    They suggest that in lieu of flowers a donation to assist the SAN Cancer Centre would be more appropriate.   

Author: Terry Hodge

26 Oct 2017 Rex Jarman: Before IBM, Rex (a local lad from Summer Hill) trained and worked as a Radio Station technician for something like 10 years.    He was 30 when he joined IBM, bringing a wealth of skill and experience with him.    He quickly conquered the Selectric and Selectric II and took them on in an enormous walking territory in the Sydney CBD.    His days were controlled by the Palmer St Call Girlswho found him lively, willing, cheeky, active, always able to charm both the girls and the customers.    He carried the bag from office to office as many of us did in those brutal times.    On any given day, there were at least 50 CEs moving through the CBD, instantly recognisable for their heavy load and their dark suit, white shirt and sober tie.    And of course the mandatory Akubra.    For Ron had said if you want to get ahead, get a hatand he meant it.   

It was a no-brainer for Rex to be responsible for the PCs before they were made public.    Entrusted to him and locked up in the IBM Centre in a room for which Rex held the keys, they were the machine of the moment.    Everybody wanted one.    PC dealers were established all over ANZ intended to be the first port of call when your PC needed help.    Rex was the man who travelled far and wide running PC courses for these dealers.    He also taught in-house at Rosebery, Lidcombe and Wangaratta.    As emerging technologies were added to his repertoire, Rex became the goto man for Token Ring Local Area Networks and RISC computers.    As he went he promoted IBM products and services.    This earned him an invitation to the HPC event in Manilla in 1978 where he met the Bee Gees and is immortalised on the cover of the vinyl they made to commemorate the event, a collectable today so dont throw yours out.   

Rex was a combination OPCE, GBG CE, Customer Educator, new product manager.    He was loosely assigned to a series of different managers but they rarely saw him.    He was out there somewhere doing his thing and as long as the plaudits kept arriving it was more than OK.    He was a very useful IBM resource in those heady times.    He was a stickler for doing things properly.    If your prereqs were not done, you couldnt enter his course.    He even submitted his call reports accurate and on time’.   

Rex retired at 60 and we know that it was to fulfil his dream to sail around Australia.    Im told that he made it.    He volunteered to help the Botany Bay Yacht Club and became their Secretary, writing their history and creating their Constitution.    He is a legend in their eyes.   

May he rest in peace.    Fred Hawkins NSW QCC Secretary

11 Sept 2017 Jeff Taylor: Jeff joined IBM in 1970.
Jeff was always cheerful and positive - he exuded positivity, an attribute that helped him have a very successful career in IBM sales and product management.
Jeff frequently attended QCC events and we ce
rtainly shall miss him this November.
14 Sept 2017 Adriaan Tent: Adriaan began his IBM career with IBM Netherlands as a CE at 24.    The first Amsterdam plant was opened and Adriaan moved in as a Project Manager.    His talent was soon recognised and he was asked to go to Australia to manage a new Australian plant in Victoria St, Lidcombe.    He began his work here in January 1957 and aided by Production Manager Jim Smith produced typewriters and data processing equipment.    With the plant running sweetly, Adriaans assignment was complete and the Tent family headed home to Holland in June 1964.    But, the Tents had come to love Australia and they had formed a strong desire to return.    This became a possibility in 1969.

Adriaan came back to build the new Reconditioning Centre at East Street.    Lidcombe.    IBM
s business model was still rental and the RC was needed to bring churned equipment up to new standard.    East Street became a state-of-the-art centre to do this work and Adriaan built up a group of skilled IBMers to take on the role.    It was to be short-lived as the IBM business moved from rental to purchase.    Adriaan moved to Wangaratta in Northern Victoria to build a new plant commissioned to produce the revolutionary IBM Selectric Typewriter that was eight years old at the time and could not be made in sufficient quantities to satisfy world demand.    The plant went on to produce the Selectric II with Dual Pitch and optional right-to-left typing giving it the ability to open new markets.    And then came the Correcting Selectric and models with inbuilt storage, models that became mainframe computer consoles, etc.    The plant went on to build terminals and eventually the Personal Computer was sourced from Wangaratta for sale in ANZ and Asian markets.   

Adriaan was inducted into the Quarter Century Club in 1976.    He came back to Sydney in 1982 as the Distribution Centre Manager based at Rosebery and retired two years later with 35 years of IBM service.   

The Tent family settled on the Central Coast at Saratoga where Adriaan pursued his many hobbies, especially painting.    He was self-taught as an artist, but achieved a high degree of acceptance for his works, some of which were prize-winning.    His old associate, Jim Smith, retired in 1987 and went to live in the same locality and their friendship continued.   

Adriaan was known as a man of wisdom.    He quickly assessed the potential of his people and ensured that they were given the opportunity to develop it.    He was an opinion leader, not only within IBM, but in matters of a social and political nature that affected the country that he had adopted and had spent much of his life serving.    Moge hij resten in vrede.   

On behalf of the NSW Chapter of the Quarter Century Club,
John Watts

7 Sept 2017 David McNaughton: David was a numbers man and he revelled in accountancy.    His career began with the American earth-moving giant Euclid who set up a factory in Motherwell, just across the river from his family home in Hamilton in the Scottish Lowlands.    But after more than a decade, David decided that his future was in far-away Australia.    He came here in December of 1961 and sought work with another rising American technology company, IBM.    He was based first at Lidcombe, later at North Sydney and was one of the first into the new complex at Cumberland Forest.    For most IBM managers, David represented the Treasury.    One went cap in one hand and Appropriation Request in the other, knowing that his door would be open and your cause would be given a fair hearing.    In the event that you came away with your AR unsigned, you at least had been given the benefit of his insight and wisdom in a very positive way.    David was a real gentleman who knew how to take a firm position without offence.   

David retired in 1992, not because of his view of what was happening in that period of setback for the IBM company, but because he needed to be there for Myra who was going through a personal crisis that led to surgery of the open-heart kind.    But they both came through it and settled down to enjoy their time together.    Travel was a priority and included two world trips.    David had a life-long fascination with the gee-gees and he was able to exploit his knowledge and experience in that area.    He took up golf and put a lot of effort into improving his game until the time came when failing eyesight made it too difficult to keep his eye on the ball.    Naturally, being a native of the Scottish Lowlands, Soccer was an item of interest, particularly when a grandson reached the age where he could be encouraged to take it up.    David spent time supporting his church.    He embraced Probus and enjoyed their activities.    He and Myra enjoyed a long retirement together, saw their two daughters grow to womanhood, find their life partners and procreate.    But then COPD began to play a bigger role and for the past 20 months David has been on home oxygen.    This year he had two hospitalisations and contracted pneumonia which has brought us to this unhappy week.    May his soul rest in peace.   

On behalf of the NSW Chapter of the Quarter Century Club,
Fred Hawkins—Secretary

1 Sept 2017 Robert Fell: We first met Robert in 1973.    He had been the victim of a serious workplace accident.    The bad news was that he had been deafened.    Roberts brother Kevin (who is also a Quarter Century Club Member) had been working for IBM for eleven years already and was fully aware of IBMs respect and support for individuals needing a help up, so he approached management and soon Robert was an IBMer.    In those good old days, Adriaan Tent was the manager of the Reconditioning Centre at Lidcombe and he judged that Robert was the sort of person who would find ways to overcome his difficulties and quickly learn about the huge number of IBMs rental machines that were continually cycling through the Centre between contracts.    Robert found himself in the company of helpful and cheerful associates including Don Archer, John Reiher, Benno Kronberger and many others.    He had the will to learn and he gained panel-beating and spray-painting skills and adapted to advanced technology.   

Things changed after the business model moved from rental to purchase.    The Reconditioning Centre was disbanded.    But there was a steady flow of work for Robert, making expert repairs to machines that were damaged in transit.    He moved to Rosebery and worked alone as an adjunct to the warehouse until his retirement in 2013 in his early 70s.    He became skilled at fixing PCs and Telstra WorkPads.    He has been described as an invaluable part of IBM Australia.    There were innumerable occasions on which he was able to save the companys reputation for on-time delivery.    The savings in insurance claims alone justified his presence.    Robert became an amazing lip-reader, who knew what people were saying at a considerable distance.    He communicated easily and was very well liked by his peers.   

In his leisure time, he coached kids Teeball and junior Baseball and was instrumental in the establishment of the Sharks Baseball Club for which he was made a life member of the club in acknowledgement of his contribution.   

It could have been a disaster when a man in his early thirties was unfortunate enough to be involved in an industrial accident and left handicapped with deafness for the rest of his life.    But with the help of the IBM Community and his caring family and friends, Robert has fought against the odds and become a true legend not only within IBM but in the eyes of IBM customers and in endeavours of the sporting kind.    We have been indeed fortunate to have known him, and to have worked with him.   

  Ken Klaebe: Peter Chomley says he first met Ken when we were preparing to announce the IBM 3730 Enterprise Office program.    Ken understood the technical aspects of the 3730 and had the great ability of introducing the technical aspects this new program to our Australian potential customers in a simple way.    In later years, when I visited Sydney I always enjoyed catching up with Ken.
He was a great friend and will be missed.
30 Jul 2017 Peter Vamos: Thirty years ago, IBM welcomed Peter Vamos into the Quarter Century Club and he worked on for IBM for another challenging ten years after that.    But now it is time to acknowledge his passing, advise our members and send our sympathy to Kathy, his wife of 60 years, and their children.   

Of the children, we knew Steve best as he worked with us for 14 years before heading up Apple then Ninemsn, then Microsoft and finally becoming a business consultant and a director of Telstra.   

But Steve gives credit for his success to the example set by his Dad.    He and his siblings saw their Dad as their best mate and a wonderful mentor.    They held him in great esteem.    "Dad was one of the brightest, honest and human of individuals I have ever met!"

Those who worked with Peter in Sydney Branch can attest to that being true.    His projects were ready on time, his customers were happy and it happened without drama.    Peter was the ultimate organiser; a coach, a quiet achiever who got co-operation from all.   

Peters career in IBM began in sales, then went through the industry marketing and technical management support roles.    He served a number of assignments in the USA and Europe.   

In the years prior to retirement, the company put his years of experience to good use by locating him in Vienna, Austria, working to assist IBM subsidiaries to open up the market for Information Technology in Eastern Europe after the wall was broken down.   

Retired and back at home, Peter continued to help the business world here to develop new ideas.    He continued to earn his reputation of being one of a kind.   

But then, cancer entered his life in an aggressive form and he succumbed last Saturday morning at 81.    But, his influence will live on.   

Peters last instructions were that there would be "no announcements, no rituals, and no fairy tales".   

The Quarter Century Club Members salute Peter Vamos.    May he rest in peace.   

   Fred Hawkins

24 Jun 2017 John Griffiths: John joined the RAAF at a very early age.    He was trained as an aircraft technician and served in the Vietnam War.    He joined IBM Australia in October 1965 and very quickly showed that he was going to be a very good CE.
After training on System 360 and a variety of small computers such as 1130 and 1800, John joined the USA/Australia joint effort in Pine Gap.    He also spent some time in Hong Kong.    The arrival of the IBM Personal Computer in the early 1980s was of great interest to John and he was a great help to those working with the revolutionary technology in the branches.
John joined the ANZ Area Support Group (based at Rosebery 2) and continued to provide technical assistance to field Customer Engineers.    John not only fixed the machine, but made every effort to ensure that the person with the problem understood exactly what we happening and learnt from the episode.
After retiring from IBM in 1990, John did some pioneering work with theatre pipe organs, adapting personal computers to replace the electro-mechanical components of 1920’s vintage that interfaced the console to the pipes.    One such organ that his work greatly improved the functionality of was the 1925 Wurlitzer from the Arcadia Theatre that had been rebuilt and installed in the Willoughby Civic Centre in 1971.    The building was recently demolished and rebuilt and the instrument will hopefully be re-installed in the new Concourse Concert Hall for the benefit of future generations.
John also volunteered his expertise to assist TADNSW (Technical Aid for the Disabled).    They are a team of retired experts in many fields that do wonderful work helping those in need.    John found this work stimulating and rewarding.    His significant efforts were recognised in 2010 in the TAD magazine.    He was proud of what he could do to help others and constantly looked for opportunities to do so.    He will be missed as an approachable go-to man.    But perhaps the trait that endeared him most to those he met was his wicked sense of humour.    We have lost a very good man.
17 Jun 2017 Michael Verschoor: Michael joined IBM in Johannesburg, South Africa in December 1966 fresh from university.   

He started his IBM career as a Systems Engineer and was well respected technically in this role, before moving to a Sales Representative position in the early 1970s.    After a very successful Sales Rep career he was appointed in the early 1980s to the role of IBM Account Executive responsible for the South African Transport Services account (combined national airline carrier, South African Airways, and national rail carrier, South African Railways), one of the largest IBM accounts in South Africa.    After an extremely successful three year period as an Account Executive he accepted the role of IBM Branch Manager in Pretoria, South Africa; this branch handled the bulk of IBM's business with the South African Government.   

Michael and his family chose to emigrate from South Africa to Australia and arrived in Sydney in April, 1987 where he was employed by IBM Australia.    He was appointed early on as Executive Assistant to the then IBM CEO, Brian Finn.    Subsequent to that he had a number of management positions in IBM Australia.    In 1992, shortly after his 25th Anniversary with IBM, Michael chose to take advantage of the 1992 Voluntary Separation Package (VSP) and left IBM to pursue other opportunities.   

He was an incredibly multi-skilled person.    Michael had a Science degree (Applied Maths & Physics majors), he was a skilled Systems Engineer, a very successful Sales Rep and Account Executive (in excess of ten IBM Hundred Percent Clubs plus three Golden Circle awards), a very competent home handyman (could do plumbing, tiling, paving, welding), could strip down and rebuild car engines etc etc; and adding to this he was also a talented amateur landscape artist.    Despite all of these skills, many of his close friends were still surprised when he decided to buy a small kitchen and bathroom cabinet making business where he designed, made, and then installed, very high quality, custom-made, wooden cabinetry! Needless to say he was very successful in this venture for almost 10 years before deciding to retire completely in 2012 and moved from Sydney to Noosa to spend more time with Jean, play golf, and pursue his artistic interests.    It was most unfortunate that soon after this move that his cancer was diagnosed and made those later years less rewarding.   

    Richard Harrison

17 Jun 2017 Dr John Harvey AO: John’s long IBM career began as a Rep in Melbourne in 1969.    He was a Marketing Manager in the early 1970s, then moved to Perth as the Branch Manager for the last half of the 1970s, overseeing significant branch growth.    After moving to Sydney he held a number of executive positions both in Australia and overseas.    During the last decades of his career he was well known and respected as the head of IBM’s External Affairs and Communications Directorate, the main IBM interface to government and industry.    One of John’s great strengths was to understand complex technology and explain it to others.    The world outside IBM regarded him to be a very significant influence for good.    In 2010, he was appointed as an Officer (AO) in the General Division for his distinguished service to the Information Technology industry, particularly through developing partnerships with government and educational institutions and to the community.    One of those educational institutions saw fit to honour him by adding PhD to his name.   
5 Feb 2017 John (Jack) Porrill.    It seems that JOHN PORRILL was always known in IBM as Jack, although the official company records said he was John Porrill.    In the 2017 LIST OF MEMBERS he was believed to be the QCC’s longest living member.    He joined in 1945 in Time Systems in NSW and became the first member of the QCC in 1969.    He served for 34 years and retired in 1979 and moved with his wife Mary to QLD at a point in time unknown.
26 Jan 2017 Ken Trowell: Ken joined IBM UK in 1963 from the RAF.    He was sent on assignment to White Plains from 1970 to 1972.    Ken joined IBM Australia in Sydney early in 1973 and his amazing technical skills were rapidly recognised.    There were no IBM machines that Ken could not fix.    Soon he was attending difficult situations not only in ANZ but worldwide.
In the years that followed, he spent a lot of time in Poughkeepsie NY where his knowledge and skill was considered remarkable by the development community.    He spent many late nights in the development labs discussing machine design.    He was in Poughkeepsie in 2004 when his first brain tumour was diagnosed.    Between treatments he continued working and enjoying his passion for walking, doing many sections of the Appalachian Trail, often inviting unsuspecting, less fit, students to join him.    His medical problems became such that he returned to Australia in 2006 and retired.    Ken leaves behind his wife Jean, their three sons and their wives, and six grandchildren.    [George Tillett:]
13 Jan 2017 Jeff Teele: It is with great sadness that IBM QCC Melbourne shares the news that Jeff Teele passed away peacefully on Friday 13th January, at the age of 81.    Jeff joined IBM on 09/11/1959 and qualified for IBM QCC in 1984.    Many will have fond memories of Jeff as Branch Manager, Finance and Retail in the 70’s and early 80’s.    Prior to being DSD’s Mr Melbourne, he was Branch Manager in IBM Hong Kong, and after the amalgamation of DSD, GSD and OPD, he became our Director of Southern Region.   
 24 Dec 2016 Hernan Lira: The Quarter Century Club has learned that QCC member Hernan Lira passed away in Chile on Christmas Eve 2016 from cancer.    Hernan spent his whole career at IBM Australia in Information Systems working in the International Applications Group and the Architecture Group, first in Rosebery and later in Cumberland Forest.   
Hernan was a truly good work colleague.    He was helpful, happy and positive and always good for a laugh.    His expertise at card games was notable during the lunchtime tournaments that were a feature of those days.   
 15 Dec 2016 Peter Crowhurst: Peter's last role in IBM was working in STG Lab Services as a Storage implementation specialist.    He had worked in many different roles over the course of his career, including as Lead SE for the NAB account in the early days, leading the introduction of the DS8000 into A/NZ as the Storage Specialist - and Redbook author - and promoting the career progression of IT Specialists in his stint on the IT Specialist Career Advisory board.    He was a valued member of the IBM Systems family over many years, and he leaves behind many friends who remember him for his generosity, positivity, and friendly can-do attitude.    Peter was QCC Vic Chapter Secretary for about 18 months.
 4 Nov 2016 Larry Ryan: Larry began his IBM career in Adelaide as a Customer Engineer in 1963.    He was quickly recognised for his outstanding relationships with both customers and fellow IBM’ers and was promoted to Field Manager in charge of small systems operations in the mid-seventies.    He moved to Sydney in 1979 and continued to make a significant contribution.    His interpersonal skills were notable and he moved into the Human Resources area where he continued to excel.    He guided many people through the drama surrounding the company’s direction changes in the early years of the 1990 decade and decided to personally take a package.    In 2010, Larry suffered a stroke, but he survived.    His mobility was somewhat restricted but his enthusiasm for life and his caring attitude for people continued unabated.   
 21 Oct 2016 Anup Pakvasa: Anup began his IBM career in 1966 in India.    He transferred to IBM Australia and became a member of the QCC in 1991.    He worked developing and supporting IBM’s internal systems with great talent and enthusiasm.    He was a delight to work with and his colleagues regarded him as a thorough professional.
Anup moved into marketing as a Senior Project Manager in the Systems Integration Group in the early 1990s.    Taking the offer of early retirement, he began his own consulting business taking on projects for IBM customers and for Optus.    When he finally retired early in the new century, he volunteered as an administrator with EasyGardening, a community service in Sydney’s Northern Suburbs.    He gave eight years to the community before devoting his remaining time to his growing family, managing his superannuation and travelling.
7 Oct 2016 Paul Jeremy: Paul joined IBM in 1963 and the QCC in 1988, when it was a much, much smaller group, and members were all so welcoming.    He was looking forward to attending the 50th Celebrations this year.    Some of you will have known Paul from FSC days, others from different IBM areas.   
15 Sept 2016 Bob Savage:  Bob was one of IBM's great leaders.    He was Managing Director between 1996 and 1999.
All those who worked for IBM Australia and IBM New Zealand during that period will remember him as a man of honour and conviction.    See also the Obituary on the QCC Home Page.
12 Sept 2016 Lynette Drennan:  After a long, but courageous battle with Cancer, our very dear Friend and Colleague, Lynette Drennan passed away.    Lynette joined IBM in March, 1989.    Her warmth, generosity and her smile will be remembered by all who knew and loved her.    She will be deeply missed.
[Damian Merrett] - My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Lynette.    A warm and generous person, Lynette had time and a smile for everyone she knew at IBM.    One of nature's gentle souls.    Rest In Peace.
[Lyn McHugh] - I heard the news of Lynette’s passing with great sadness.    My thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones as you deal with her loss.    I worked in the business centre in Melbourne, where I first met Lynette many years ago, and continued to catch up with her less frequently when I began to work from home.    She remained on my ‘Sametime’ list all that time, and I always knew if I asked a question of her, I would meet with a friendly and generous response.    She had a beautiful gentle nature, and I’m so sorry she had to deal with such a relentless illness.    You would know better than I of her bravery in the face of this.    May your memories of her time in your lives and the support of family and friends comfort you at this time.    With warmest regards, and sincere condolences.
9 Sept 2016 David Adrian Young: Joined QCC 7/9/1990 in Victoria and died on 9th Sept 2016 at the age of 78.
David joined IBM Melbourne in 1967 and spent his first few years as a systems engineer in various Melbourne-based branches of what was then the DP Division.    In the early seventies, he moved into the DPIP group, with responsibility for systems assurance work across Perth and Adelaide, as well as Melbourne.    At the end of this time, he became Systems Engineering Manager and then Branch Systems Engineering Manager, retaining this position until his retirement.
In DPIP David led the review of sales proposals to ensure that they were both technically and contractually sound.    He often worked under extreme pressure to meet sales requirements.    He had to review complicated documents at a detail level whilst maintaining the broad context of the proposal.    He had to apply a broad technical perception and understand the implicit and explicit contractual implications.    He then had to negotiate changes with the authors of the proposal so that IBM’s interests and reputation were protected.    David performed these broad and demanding responsibilities with excellence.
As a manager, David applied his combination of commitment to the excellence IBM demanded and his deep understanding and empathy with people.    Those who reported to him attest to his demand for them to deliver their best for IBM and their customer, while deeply understanding and empathising  with their business and personal challenges.    He was demanding and supportive.
Outside IBM, David was a very active and proud member of the Australian Army.    He was a commissioned officer in the Royal Australian Artillery and was regularly was seen in the office wearing his regimental tie.
18 June 2016 Stewart Henry Goodman: Stewart came to IBM as a telephony technician about 1960 and immediately began to impress with his ability to grasp the complexities of IBM unit record equipment and early computers.    In the System 370 era, he added software support to his repertoire and was promoted to Field Manager in Melbourne.    He went on to join IBM’s marketing effort and made significant contributions to the success of Melbourne Branch.   
But Stew’s best asset was that he was always ready with an answer to a problem and delivered his advice with good humour and great confidence.    Everybody liked to work with Stewie and he quickly earned their respect.    He engendered a great team spirit in those with whom he worked.   
8 May 2016 George Baxter: George joined IBM on December 19, 1957, and retired on December 31, 1992, thus having completed over 35 years of service.    Highlights of his career included being the Quality Controller for IBM’s Electric Typewriter Assembly line at Lidcombe, NSW.    From 1963 onward, George worked as a Customer Engineer providing hardware support, first in Sydney and then in Canberra.    His contributions were recognised with 3 IBM=Service Awards, testifying to his dedication to customers and the quality of his work.   
20? Apr 2016 Brian Trouville: There were cheers and tears for Brian ”Spags” Trouville in the boat area at the Aussies when North Cronulla snatched a last gasp victory to win the Surf Boat Relay at Alexandra Headland.    The Northy boat rowers all wore black armbands as a mark of respect for the long-standing life member who lost his battle with cancer last week.    Trouville was a legendary surf ski paddler, a former Australian champion who went on to become Australia’s Olympic kayak coach in three Olympic Games – Seoul (1988), Barcelona (1992) and Atlanta (1996).    He was the man who wrote the programs that got the crews to the line at last week’s national titles.    In 2010 Brian co-founded the Southside Canoe club to help foster local talent and was awarded coach of the year at Sport NSW in 2015 to go with his Australian Sports medal awarded in 2000.

A life worth living:  Former head coach of Australian Canoeing and North Cronulla SLSC life member Brian Trouville dedicated his life to helping other people.    Brian’s love of the ocean and paddling began at Maroubra beach where he joined the surf club before crossing  the bridge and moving to the shire and a life-long commitment to the North Cronulla SLSC.
Brian leaves behind three sons Grant, Brett and Matt and four grandchildren Billi, Georgie, Bianca and Ella a partner, Dr Rebecca Dignan, and former wife Jenny.
Brian Trouville dedicated his life to helping others and left with the message “live your life, always be positive and happy”.   

Text copied from by John Veage, 25 Apr 2016, 12:34 pm

? Apr 2016 Earl Knowles: Earl began his IBM career as a Customer Engineer in Melbourne in 1962 and worked on S/360 and S/370.    In the early 1980s he relocated to Sydney supporting the new and swiftly evolving mid-range System 38 and AS400.    He worked in the PRSC supporting General Systems microcode.    After almost 35 years service with IBM he left and ran the Telegraph Hotel in Tenterfield for a number of years before retiring to Nelsons Bay.    Earl passed away during April 2016.    His brother, Michael, is an active IBMer.
16 Apr 2016 Norm Orange: (Perth QCC)
8 Apr 2016 Ken Hoskin: Ken lost his battle with a very rare vicious cancer, but passed away peacefully.    Many QCC members will remember him with affection as a very big part of his life was spent working for IBM.
6 Apr 2016 Henry Strasburger: Henry was 87.    He was a long term IBMer joining the QCC on 22 January 1987.    As well as an experienced and talented journalist, Henry was also noted for his outstanding ability as a photographer.    Most of Henry’s career was within the IBM Communications function.    Possibly one of Henry’s most outstanding work accomplishments was as the writer, photographer, designer and publisher of the IBM Quarterly.    At its peak this magazine had a quarterly distribution in Australia of over 15,000 copies.    Henry will be sadly missed by his family in the USA and his many friends in Australia and IBM.     
25 Feb 2016 Larry Bagshaw: Larry was a very special person, and will be missed by all who knew him.    Larry joined IBM in 1965 and was a great Supporter of the Quarter Century Club.   
16 Dec 2015 Ray Ctercteko: It is with great sadness that we record the death of Ray Ctercteko, one of the pioneers of IBM Australia entry into Data Processing.    In 1953, IBM's very first DP Sales class convened with Ray Ctercteko, Peter Holmes a Court, Bill Tait, Jean Laing and Allan Moyes as the trainees.    Graduating from that sales class, Ray hit the ground running with diverse accounts like the Electricity Commission, Department of Motor Transport, Burroughs Welcome, and Atomic Energy Commission.
Assigned then to be IBM Manager in Adelaide, he managed major accounts like WRE, Electricity Trust, GMH, BHP Pt Pirie, Kelvinator, Philips, and many others.    Ray achieved 9 100% Clubs and an SE Symposium in Hong Kong.
Ever the pillar of integrity, he and wife Joy (now deceased) raised two children.    His son Grahame was one of the first to be awarded the IBM T.J.    Watson Scholarship to pursue medicine and is now head of the Colorectal Surgery Unit at Westmead Hospital.
28 Nov 2015 Ken Stanmore: Long-time QCC member Ken Stanmore passed away peacefully in hospital in Port Macquarie on 28th November, after losing a battle with cancer.    He worked for 30 years in IBM from 1960, in many capacities and many locations including Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney and assignments in other Australian and SE Asian cities.    After his retirement in 1990, he performed occasional contract work so he was known to many QCC members and other IBMers.    He will be remembered particularly for his cheerfulness, enthusiasm and professionalism.   
12 Nov 2015 Bob Emmett: Bob was a great work mate and in the later 20 years of IBM did the commissions for OP/GBG  100% club.
10 Oct 2015 Ian Cooper: Ian worked in the IBM Finance team for many years; his last last role being as Systems Manager in IBM Global Financing in the mid 1990s.
25 Sept 2015 Peter Thomson: A long time member of the QCC, Peter Thomson passed away peacefully in the morning at Castlecrag private hospital.    He has recently been battling a secondary cancer of the oesophagus.   
28 Aug 2015 Norm Ashelford: Norm joined IBM in 1961 and became a well known and respected IBMer over a career of more than forty years.    He started as a  Systems Engineer in Sydney Branch, and later moved into education where he took many new IBM recruits through their introductory computer training in classes held in Australia and later in Asia.    Even after Norm officially retired in 1992, he was frequently called on to teach data base and SQL courses to both customers and IBM staff.
I was extremely sad to hear of Norm's demise.    I will always remember him with the man with a ready smile for all, a down to earth person, who spared no effort to help anyone who went to him.    He will sorely be missed by his family, relatives and friends.    May his soul rest in peace.
Yours in mourning
Bahman Marzbani
18 Aug 2015 Don Ellis: A long time IBMer who  passed away at the age of 81.   
4 Aug 2015 Peter Gregory: Peter joined IBM in 1962, and the QCC in 1987 - attending many QCC events and most of the annual dinners over the last few years.     
7 July 2015 John Reiher: John, a veteran of Customer Engineering and the Reconditioning Centre, has passed away after a long illness.    He would be well known to many QCC members.    John and his wife Pat have been living at Orange for a number of years.   
18 June 2015 Doug Fraser: Doug passed away on 18th June, after a long battle with Cancer.    Doug was dearly loved by all who knew him, and will be sadly missed.    He Joined IBM on 16/09/1963 in the Office Products Division, in Customer Service.    He was known for his excellent Technical ability, and had a number of roles over his 29 Years with IBM.    He qualified for QCC on 16/09/1988 and Retired in 1992.    He regularly attended QCC Functions, and it was always a pleasure to see him and his wife Laureen.   
3 Apr 2015 Eberhad Ulbricht: Eberhard was another of our long standing QCC members who took a great deal of interest in the club, was a past member of the committee and came to many of our functions with his wife, Joy.    He had been ill for several months and  passed away on Good Friday.    He will be sorely missed.
 Mar 2015 Frank Bourke: Frank passed away in March this year, aged 92.    He maintained IBM business machines at ammunition works in Queensland and NSW during World War II, but only formally joined IBM in Melbourne in 1946.    There was only a small team of IBMers in Melbourne at that time and Frank and some others began a custom of Christmas parties and social get-togethers for IBMers and their families.    He worked in a number of areas of IBM, including Customer Engineering, where he rose to State manager.    He also worked in Office Supplies Sales and he was inducted into thirteen 100% Clubs for achieving annual sales targets.    Frank retired from IBM at the age of 60, after 37 years of service.    His time at IBM was a great source of pride to him.
 12 Feb 2015 Bob Deam: Bob was one of our longest serving QCC members having joined IBM in 1956 and qualified on 9th April 1981.
 3 Jan 2015 Margot Williams: Margot worked in IBM for 38 years and will be remembered by many as fun to be with and for her mischievous sense of humour.    A striking red-headed lover of life, friends, her dogs and a good party (actually, any party!).    She will be sorely missed.
5 Nov 2014 Craig Aitken: Craig will be well remembered by those who worked with him in the 70's and 80's.    Craig and his wife Sandra (another former IBMer) established a vineyard and winery at Barfold (between Kyneton and Heathcote) after leaving IBM.   
23 Sept 2014 Tom Kemp:
19 Sept 2014 Lindsay Boyd: Lindsay was one of the oldest and earliest members of the Victorian chapter, and is remembered fondly by many of our long-standing members.    He was 94.
8 Sept 2014 Mal Haggerty: Mal was a well-known figure at the IBM Data Centre in Palmer Street, Oxford Street, and Rosebery
in the 1960s and 1970s as a leading programmer/analyst.    One of his claims to fame was he wrote part of the VM/CMS system while on a two-year assignment in California in the U.S.    It’s said he could “write Assembler code in his sleep”.
7 July  2014 Pamela Butler: Pamela was a senior SE from Adelaide.    She spent her entire career based there, after joining IBM in 1962.    Pam was a good and popular friend to many of the old hands from the East coast.   
21 June  2014 Jim Lavarack: Many will remember Jim who joined IBM in 1957 and retired in 1984.
29 May 2014 Graham Spong: According to an interview with Graham published in 2012 (, Graham worked for IBM for 32 years, 28 of those as a manager.   
15 Mar 2014 Les Guilders: "I am writing to thank the many ex-IBM'ers who very kindly sent their condolence messages to me via  Brian Finn upon the death of my very beloved husband Leslie John Gilders who joined IBM in 1955 and retired in 1990.    Les  passed away on 15th March, 2014.
Thank you to everyone who expressed their fond and loving memories of my darling husband - a true gentleman - who is very sadly missed.
Yours sincerely,
Beverley Z Gilders and Family."
19 Dec 2013 Reg Johnson: Many will remember Reg as the Systems Programmer par excellence back in the days of the DCS.    He never failed to find time to go through our core dumps, even if he was busy with his own work.    A good friend and colleague to many of us.    He  passed away in Gosford hospital after a long battle with cancer.    Both Reg and his wife, Thelma, were active members of the Sydney QCC.
4 Dec 2013 Tim Ward:
31 Oct 2013 Bill Sutcliffe:
20 Sept 2013 Brian Livermore:
17 Sept 2013 Barrie Moore: Barrie passed away following a series of heart attacks and 3 weeks intensive care at Gosford Private Hospital..    He was a very proud member of the IBM QCC and maintained numerous friends over the past 20 odd years.
Sept 2013 Paul Walker:
c29 Aug 2013 Keith Watson: Keith joined IBM in 1970 in the Office Products Division and spent over 25 years in that part of the business, finishing his career in Advantra.
13 Aug 2013 Stephen John Wilson:
6 Aug 2013 Ron Witham:
13 June 2013 Barry Glass: a long-time member of the Quarter Century Club many of you may have known or worked with over the years, passed away on the 13th of June after a long battle with diabetes.   
June 2013 Eric Finkelstein:
19 May 2013 Paul Hunter: The SMH on 21 May 2013 reported that Alexander Paul Hunter  passed away peacefully on 19 May, 2013.
Apr 2013 ? Des Murphy: Des collapsed and  passed away while on holiday in Spain with his family.
27 Oct 2012 Gerry Saddington: Gerry joined IBM almost 50 years ago and was well known to many of you.   
2 Sept 2012 Kevern Jackson: Kevern was our  longest serving member of QCC Australia.    He joined IBM on 14 January 1941 and qualified for the IBM QCC on 14 January 1966.    He had been a member of the QCC for 46 years.    This sounds like a long time, but is in fact, even more significant, as the IBM QCC in Australia only commenced on 5 May 1966, with Kevern as the Social Secretary for the inaugural meeting.    Last year we had hoped to bring him to the IBM QCC Annual dinner to help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of IBM, but unfortunately he was not able to travel at that time.   
Sept 2012 Bill Watson:
31 Aug 2012 Jack Heggie: Jack passed away on 31st August at the age of 82.    He was originally from Sydney, but more recently resided at Burleigh Heads.
He joined IBM in Canada in 1949 and came to Australia in 1954 as a CE Instructor, and later DPCE Manager.    He went back to Canada in 1957 only to return permanently to Australia in the late 1960s and continued his career in Systems Engineering.    He retired in 1987.
24 Jul 2012 Arne Lindquist: Arne passed away on July 24, aged 58 years, after a short but painful struggle with liver cancer.
He received this diagnosis two days into a holiday with his wife Roz at the Gold Coast, and now only fourteen weeks later has passed away.    He joined IBM in 1983 and the IBM QCC in 2008 and was still working at IBM Cumberland Forest.    He was a beautiful gentle man, so selfless, highly intelligent and at 58 a sad loss to us all.   
18 Jun 2012 John King: John had been living at the Gold Coast for the last eight years, but was familiar to many of us in Sydney.    He worked at IBM for 35 years, starting as a field engineer at Rosebery 53 years ago in 1959, and spent most of his career as manager of PRSC at Cumberland Forest.    He was 73.   
13 Feb 2012 John van Tol: John passed away on Monday 13 February 2012 after a long battle with cancer.   
4 Feb 2012 Graeme Alexander Downie: Graeme passed away on the 4th of February at the age of 75.    He had a long fight with cancer in the later part of 2011, and appeared to be on a good recovery when he contracted pneumonia while on holiday with family in Pambula and required an air ambulance back to Melbourne.    He had been in an induced coma for some weeks while attempts were made to stabilise his condition.   
21 Jan 2012 Bill Main:  Bill served in the Royal Navy as a communications and Signals Officer from 1943 to 1958 when he took early retirement as a Lt/Commander to join IBM UK in September 1958.    He transferred to IBM Australia in late 1963.    He had a long association with WTAAS, which included an assignment from Australia to the international development centre at Respond, Havant, UK.   
28 Dec 2011 George Stevens: passed away early on 28th.    Although he was not a QCC member, many of us knew George, a wonderful person who brought real humanity to the 'Personnel' department long before it was called 'Human Resources'.
28 Dec 2011 Mike Freeman: Michael (Mike) Freeman passed away after a long illness on Wednesday.    He was a long-time member of the IBM QCC - having joined IBM in February 1962 and retired from IBM in 1990.
26 Dec 2011 Geoff Bonham:
28 Oct 2011 Jim Smith: Jim joined IBM on 5 January 1944, and the IBM QCC in January 1969.    He was therefore the most senior member of the IBM QCC.

Jim and QCC Member Adriaan Tent were close friends.    Adriaan wrote:

"I have known Jim since I became Plant Manager of the Lidcombe plant in January 1957.    At that time Jim was appointed Production Manager, reporting directly to me.    We have been close friends ever since.    I retired in 1983 and Jim in 1987.    We met regularly and we both lived in Saratoga and we always had many stories to tell about the good old days in IBM."
Oct 2011 Ian Johnston:
11 Sept 2011 Bob Seers: He joined IBM in 1963 and has been a member of the QCC since 1988
8 Sept 2011 Max Lamond: Although not a member of the QCC, he worked for IBM for 23 years and will be remembered by many.
Aug 2011 John Perrottet:
30 July 2011 Doug Batson: Doug was known to many in IBM.    He joined IBM in 1948, retired in 1982 and has been a QCC member for over 37 years.    Although blind, he had refused to move to a nursing home and was living at home with his wife.    Early last week he fell and broke his hip.    During surgery to repair his hip, he did not recover from the anaesthetic and passed away yesterday after life support was switched off.    He was 90 years old.
15 July 2011 Robin Oaten: He was at IBM for many years, mainly in Sydney, although did not quite make the QCC.
Robin was well known to many QCC members and other IBMers with whom he worked.
6 July 2011 Leslie Baird: After a long battle with Cancer, Leslie Baird passed away on the 6th of July.   
Leslie lived in Broome, WA for many years, and was very involved in Wildlife Conservation, particularly the Green Sea Turtle.    She will be sadly missed by the Broome Community, who recognised her efforts, plus all who knew her.    She was the founder of Chelonia, a wildlife facility in Broome.    A Foundation has been set up in her name.     For those interested, the Web Address is :
16 June 2011 David Rubenstein: Sadly David passed away in New York on Thursday,16th June 2011.    David joined IBM in the USA and qualified in the USA to the QCC, later joining IBM Australia in the 1980's.    David returned to the USA after retiring, where he resided in NYC.   
A service was held for David in NYC on the 21st June.
3 May 2011 Ken Mo: Ken joined the QCC in November 2000.
25 Jan 2011 Ian Logan: Ian, aka Maurice, passed away after a 12 year battle with cancer.    He joined the QCC in May 1984.
Nov 2010 Graham Williams:
18 Oct 2010 Jim Nielsen: Jim had been retired from IBM for more than 20 years.
Sept-Oct 2010 Barry Davies: Unfortunately we don't know exactly when but probably in Sept or Oct 2010.    If anyone knows, could you please inform the QCC Secretary.
31 Aug 2010 Jerry Kay: He started at IBM in 1968, and was still working with IBM as a contractor in Sales Education.
Jerry was an active, cheerful,  and enthusiastic member of the Sydney Chapter committee.    
Recently he had been disappointed that his health had limited his participation in our meetings and social events - but always remained optimistic.   
7 May 2010 Kees Lindeman: He was a long time member of the Sydney Customer Engineering Team, having started at IBM in 1962 - and was a regular attendee at Sydney Chapter QCC functions.   
16 Mar 2010 Mike Bradley
9 Mar 2010 Graham Kerrison: Although he did not qualify for the QCC,  he worked for many years at IBM and would be well known by many of our members.   
2 Mar 2010 Bill O'Hara passed away peacefully on Tuesday, 2 March.   
Bill was a retired Customer Engineer and QCC member - who joined IBM over 50 years ago in January 1959.    He was a key member of the CE force in Brisbane and Sydney until his retirement.    He will be missed by his colleagues.   
1 Mar 2010 Mike Jones joined IBM in October 1970 - just under 40 years ago - and was still working in the Finance Department as an Internal Audit Investigator.    Many of us have worked and socialised with Mike over the years.    His business insight and sense of humour will be greatly missed.   
23 Feb 2010 Cesar Teixeira lost his battle with cancer after many months of treatment, where he maintained a positive and productive attitude to both life and work.    He was moved to the Greenwich hospital on Monday where he passed away.   
After 36 years with IBM, working throughout the world, he will be missed, not only for his determination to provide support of the highest standard, but for his passionate approach to life, and enthusiastic interest in the issues of the world.

Cesar is survived by his wife Maria and daughter Joanna.   
20 Feb 2010 Lachhman Nankany who  passed away in hospital tis day.    Our thoughts are with his wife, Meenakshi, his sons and family.
24 Oct 2009 Bruce Elliott of Perth  passed away this week, after a long period with Alzheimers.    There was a private cremation.    Bruce was one of our top Salesmen, 25+ 100% Clubs, QCC member and very popular with WA clients.   
23 Sept 2009 Howard Gwynne: Sadly, in today's West newspaper - a death notice for J.    Howard Gwynne.    He passed way on Sept 21st at the Mount Hospital Perth, aged 62, after a courageous battle with bowel cancer.    Howard was a member of the Perth QCC and will be greatly missed by his former colleagues.
17 Sept 2009 Egbert Albuquerque:
3 Aug 2009 Mike Meek: He joined IBM 50 years ago this month.   
31 July 2009 Malcolm Bryant: Malcolm joined IBM 31 years ago last  week, and was still working at IBM Global Finance.     He has been a member of the QCC since 2003.   
Malcolm provided amazing IT capability and leadership during his tenure in IGF, and before that to the A/NZ Finance Systems team.    Some may remember his skills and leadership were instrumental in deploying HRACCESS as the new payroll system in ANZ, which was a massive undertaking.   
24 Apr 2009 Trevor Bleach:  Trevor has had a tremendous impact on the professional and personal lives of many IBMers and this sudden and tragic news will come as a great shock.    
Trevor worked for IBM for over 35 years, a QCC member since 1998, but had only retired from IBM at the end of March this year.    He was 57.   
10 Apr 2009 Evan Serls:  He joined IBM in 1962 and became a member of the IBM Quarter Century club in 1987 - and was a life member of the Sydney Chapter.   
9 Apr 2009 Paul Stockdale:  He joined IBM in 1969 and became a member of the IBM Quarter Century club in 1994.    He was General Counsel of IBM and ISSC, which became IBM GSA.
27 March 2009 Ray McDermott: He joined IBM in 1961, retired in 1991 and was a member of the Quarter Century Club for over 20 years.
27 Dec 2008 Ted Markland: He joined IBM in 1962, retired in 1991 and was a member of the Quarter Century Club.
17 Dec 2008 Alec Malikoff: Alec was a pioneer of IBM Customer Engineering having joined in 1951 when the fledgling EAM Division was starting with just one customer, AC Nielsen.    He subsequently became an instructor and mentor to the many who joined the ranks of Customer Engineering.   
He was a man of no compromise in terms of dedication to the job and set the standard for many to follow.   
Oct 2008 Russ Mannell: Unfortunately we have only just heard of Russ' death which occurred prior to October 17, 2008
19 Aug 2008 Dick Faulkner: Dick retired from IBM on 30 September 1984 after 26 years and 8 months service
12 July 2008 Jim Cunneen
June 2008 Eric Sharp
3 June 2008 Frank Havas who retired in 1992 with 28 years of service  passed away on June 3 2008.    He is survived by his wife of 44 years Mahdi.
May 2008 Andy Kichno: One of Andy Kichno's old friends recently returned to Perth and contacted me, looking for Andy.    I had lost contact with him a few years ago, but I offered to help.
After Norm Dey gave me the idea to search for his property,  I contacted the real estate agent when I found Andy's address in the on-line Real Estate listings.
His house is being sold by Linda Kichno, Andy's sister, so I contacted her in NSW.
Sorry to pass on the bad news, I have found out that Andy passed away on the 9th May 2008 after suffering a heart attack.    He was 64, had given up his software business and was back on the road working as a taxi driver in Perth.    (He used to drive taxis in Brisbane before his IBM job).
According to Linda, Andy had a minor stroke and was being treated for this when he had the heart attack, some days after a session of stress testing.    I will miss Andy and I am sorry that I was not there for him at the end.
Sadly, Linda could not find any personal contacts in his phone and Maz & I were in Sydney for a memorial service at that time in any case.
There was no funeral, so this email is my effort to farewell him.    Please pass the news on to anyone I may have missed.
Apologies to anyone who did not know Andy in the IBM Sydney Call group.    (I know some of you are too young).
[ If you are unsure, look at the photo from 1975.]

Les Gunn
12 Feb 2008 Mike Spruyt passed away after a long illness.    He joined IBM in 1971.   
20 Dec 2007 Maurie Sievers passed away at 5 pm yesterday.
Maurie was much loved by all who knew him, & will be sadly missed.
30 Nov 2007 Maurice Bevington OAM.    Maurice was our longest-serving QCC member, joining IBM just over 67 years ago (having been interviewed in the morning, and starting work the same afternoon), and qualified to the QCC in 1965.   
He has been an active and enthusiastic member of the QCC committee for the last 41 years since it was founded.    As our QCC president, Ian Miller, mentioned at the recent Sydney Annual Induction Dinner, Maurice had attended every one except this year due to deteriorating health.   
29 Oct 2007 Jock Fincke  after along battle with cancer.    Jock worked in Melbourne for many years before moving to Tasmania
28 Sept 2007 Dennis Finn
26 Sept 2007 Mike Muslic
12 Sept 2007 Bill Roem
12 Aug 2007 Frank Mooney.    Frank worked for IBM for 43 Years and Qualified for the Quarter Century
Club in July 1972, so he was one of our longest serving Members.
15 July 2007 Alf Lang
13 May 2007 Jim Waltho  Jim was a very senior Sydney Chapter member - who qualified for the QCC over 30 years ago in 1976 having worked at IBM since 1951.
18 Apr 2007 Phil Singleton
Mar 2007 Bill Pitkeathly reported in Sydney Morning Herald 30 March 2007
18 Mar 2007 Tony Britton after a long illness.    He joined IBM in 1959, retiring in 1988.
31 Dec 2006 Bryn Burton
13 Dec 2006 John Clutterbuck
19 Nov 2006 Peter Holmes a'Court

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