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Lindsay Cutler 1/69

Lindsay Cutler 1/69

Lindsay Cutler was born on 30 January 1947 and completed his secondary schooling at Church of England Grammar school in Brisbane. He then moved to Melbourne and completed an Honours Degree in Economics at Monash University in 1968 before commencing National Service in early 1969. On graduation from Scheyville he was allocated to RAAOC and posted to Army Headquarters Canberra as a Staff Officer in the Directorate of Recruiting.

Lindsay married Roslyn in Canberra at the end of 1969 and the family stayed on in Canberra at the end of his National Service Commitment with Lindsay working at the Bureau of Census and Statistics while completing a Master of Economics at ANU prior to returning to Melbourne in 1972 where he joined National Mutual. Lindsay then decided to take on actuarial studies qualifying as an actuary and thereafter working as a Consulting Actuary in the Financial

Services Industry until his death on 18 October 2013.

Ros and Lindsay had four children (and four grandchildren to date) and faith and family were at the centre of their family life. Lindsay was active in the community for many years serving as a Scout Leader and as Treasurer of his childrens kindergarten and as Conference Treasurer of the Churches of Christ.

Lindsays passionate recreational interest was hiking which took him to many parts of the world in later years and he had only recently returned from completing a trek across England with his brother when he suffered a major fatal heart attack on 18 October 2013.

While not active in OTU affairs he maintained an interest and was looking forward to catching up with his 1/69 classmates in Melbourne over Anzac Day 2014. Vale Lindsay Cutler.

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Robert (Bob) Sydes 3/70

Bob Sydes (3/70) 25 May 1950 – 19 February 2014 (Colin Walker, 3/70)

In the large number of attendees at Bob Sydes’ funeral was a couple of his classmates from Class 3/70 Geoff Sampson and George Tuininga. Geoff has put together this summary of the eulogy presented at the funeral.

It is with much sadness we report the passing of Bob Sydes of Launceston, Tasmania. Bob attended Sacred Heart School, Launceston and then St Patrick’s College, Prospect. His love of the sea, boating and fishing began at a very young age when the family holidayed and spent any available time at the family shack at Sandy Beach (now Beauty Point). Many happy times were recounted by his brother Peter at Bob’s funeral service recalling the escapades and fun growing up in such a healthy family environment.

Bob rowed in the Senior Eights Head of the River, played Aussie rules football (as ruckman of course with his height advantage!) and attended the local Cadets. Bob’s love of a practical joke shone through in many occasions during these times and many stories could be told of Bob’s involvement in one prank or another.

Bob commenced work with the PMG (now Telstra of course) for a few years before being called up for National Service and after marching in to Puckapunyal on 9 July 1970 was selected for the 3/70 intake to Scheyville commencing on 24 July. On graduation he was allocated to the Corp of Signals and posted to the 1RTB Kapooka where he was discharged in December 1971 at the termination of National Service.

Bob returned to his job with the PMG but was soon headhunted for employment with the Commonwealth Employment Service where he progressed to the position of Northern Manager until the CES was disbanded in 1998. He went on to work for Employment National and Mission Australia until he retired in 2005.

Bob joined the Rotary Club of North Launceston in 1978, transferring to Central Launceston ten years later. He was Club President of Central 1996/97, awarded the Paul Harris fellowship and then the Sapphire Pin in recognition of service to the club. Bob’s leadership and planning ability, fine-tuned in his OTU days, were put into practice when he went on to be elected District Governor for 2002/03. During this time he was instrumental in hosting a “hands on” catering for the District Conference held at St Helens where the club erected the marquee and supplied ½ a crayfish for each guest (Bob enjoyed catching crays!!) Bob continued to give to the community by serving on the Tasmanian Air Sea Rescue Trust Board for many years and initiated Rotary Tasmania’s involvement in the Sailability program providing sailing experiences for people with disabilities as well as many other aspects of Rotary involvement both locally and overseas. One of his greatest pleasures was watching his daughter Tracy grow in her involvement with Rotary. He was respected by all he met and fondly remembered as bringing a fresh and innovative perspective to Rotary club life officially and also informally with his renowned “beer battered flathead fish weekends” at his shack at Swanwick.

Bob’s greatest love was his family and, together with his wife Jan whom he met prior to his Army training and married in 1972, lived life to the full. He fitted more into his life than some could do in two lifetimes. The manner in which he lived is characterised by the name of his trailer-sailer boat, aptly “Syde by Syde”. Bob is survived by 3 children, Chris, Drew and Tracy with their families living to the same core values Bob entrenched in their upbringing. Poppy Bob will be fondly remembered by his 7 grandchildren due to his loving involvement with their lives.

He faced the challenge of being diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer with courage and was an inspiration to friends and medical staff alike as he pushed the boundaries. He continued to live the most of every day to the end until, after a battle of nearly two years, he died at home with family at his side.

His OTU 3/70 classmates had the privilege of his company at the National reunions in 2003 & 2013 as well as our class reunion in 2010. (Photo at left is of Bob Sydes (centre) at the class Reunion at Coolangatta in 2010, he is flanked by Bob Legg on the left of the photo and Greg Jenkins on the right.

Bob’s outgoing personality and his habit of engaging perfect strangers when out and about will be sadly missed by all who knew him. His modesty is typified by a comment made to his family when planning his funeral in that “he didn’t think there would be many there as he was just a has-been”. However the 600 plus people who came to celebrate the life of this tall man with a heart to match who touched so many was a man who;

“Not how did he die, but how did he live,

Not what did he gain, but what did he give.

These are the units to measure the worth

Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.

Farewell, friend, thank you for the memories.

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David Presgrave DS

The Ex-Service Community has lost a true gentleman! David Presgrave (an original Directing Staff member of OTU) passed away on 14 January 2014 after a long battle with cancer. David Cave Presgrave was born in Adelaide on 31 July 1940 and had an idyllic upbringing spending time in the country and at the beach. During his time at Adelaide Boys High School he enjoyed football, supporting the Henley Football Club, and rifle shooting. David was destined to join the Army as at school he joined the Army Cadets and rose to the rank of Senior Cadet Under Officer.

In his Leaving Honours year he applied for and was accepted into the Royal Military College at Duntroon in Canberra, commencing in 1959. At RMC David excelled in Australian Rules and cricket and was active in the Rifle Club. In his final year David was one of the six Under Officers and was CSM of Kapyong Company. David was commissioned into the Engineers on 12 December 1962 and posted to the School of Survey. David attended the South Australian Institute of Technology for 1963 and transferred to the RAInf with 2 RAR early in 1964. During that year he was attached to the JTC at Canungra for four months.

On 1 April 1965 David joined the fledgling Officer Training Unit at Scheyville then under command of Colonel Ian Geddes. In 1967 at an OTU Dining In Night, David met a young lady, Susan, who would become his wife and life-long companion. In 1976 Susan and David had a daughter, Rebecca. During his Army career, David would have postings to Vietnam (9 RAR, 5 November 68 – 5 December 69),

Singapore with 6 RAR, the Philippines, where he attended Staff College, and PNG. He also attended Staff College at Queenscliff in 1975.

After 25 years as an Infantry Officer in the Royal Australian Regiment and a further 16 years in the Army Reserve, David retired from the Army in 2000. Post Army in 1984, David had taken a Senior Executive position with Australia Post, where he stayed for 20 years until his retirement. Militarily, after leaving the ARA, David was posted as the Commanding Officer of the Melbourne University Regiment in 1989/90 during which time he was awarded a General’s Commendation. In 1987 David had been appointed as Honorary Aide de Camp to His Excellency the Governor of Victoria and served under four Governors before resigning from that role in 2006. At the same time David ran a successful Medal Mounting business, a service that many Scheyvillians have supported. Above: Susan, Rebecca and David Presgrave.

David’s Memorial Service was held at Tobin Brothers, East Burwood, on 21 January 2014. The service was attended by the now Governor General (His Excellency General Sir Peter Cosgrove) (who served in 9 RAR in Vietnam with David) and many members of the Ex Service Community.

David is survived by his wife Susan, daughter Rebecca, son-in-law David and grandchildren Benjamin and Emma