Obituary – Rev Bruce Prewer

28/4/1931 to 11/9/2018

By Rev Stan Clarke, Minister at Sunbury Uniting Church

Rev Bruce Prewer is remembered as a nationally recognised poet and liturgist who gave Christianity a distinctly Australian voice.

Following a protracted illness Bruce passed away surrounded by family in Victoria on 11 September, 2018.

Born in 1931, the youngest of four children, Bruce’s early years ...

Jill Ruzbacky – a tireless warrior for social justice

28/1/1970 – 9/4/2018

It is a testimony to synod social justice advocate Jill Ruzbacky’s profound impact on so many that there was an outpouring of tributes and grief from across the world at the news of her death at the age of 48 after eight months of illness in hospital.

Hundreds of social media messages ...

Laurie Turner – a life that shared the love of God

5/11/1923 -21/1/2018

Former UCA Synod of Victoria moderator Laurie Turner has been remembered for a life of Christian service.

Laurie, who was a resident of an aged care home in Camberwell, died peacefully on 21 January at the age of 94.

A Service of Thanksgiving was held for Mr Turner’s life at Camberwell Uniting Church ...

Russell Rechner

15 June 1940 to 16 September 2017

Russ Rechner passed away aged 77 in Toorak Victoria. He was a dedicated family man who enjoyed a distinguished career across retail and banking sectors and made a major contribution to the Presbyterian and later Uniting Church.

Born in Adelaide in 1940, his father’s career as a ...

Family ministry

Rev Ronald Alister Blackwood

23 August 1919 – 12 June 2017

Ron Blackwood was born in Dimboola, Victoria on 23 August 1919. By his crib his parents, Rev William and May Blackwood, dedicated him to the ministry of the church. Ron was told this just prior to taking up his first ministry appointment in the Presbyterian ...

Called back to ministry

Rev Dr Kenneth Carlyle Dempsey
30 June 1934 – 25 May 2017

The first born child of Rev R (Carl) Dempsey and his wife Lillian, Ken spent much of his childhood in country NSW Methodist circuits. The lifestyle required the family to change churches regularly and Ken moved from school to school on a regular basis. Ken spoke ...

Always ‘doing something’

Deaconess Rae Quick
19 August 1922 – 16 July 2016

Rae Quick and her younger brother Ian grew up in Gippsland and were part of the church communities in the towns where their parents Jack and Dorothy ran small businesses. Rae went on to become a primary teacher and a teacher of domestic science. In the year 1952, ...

A long life well lived

Beryl Bray
8 December 1922 – 12 June 2016

At the age of 10, Beryl Bray was appointed as secretary for the Junior Mission Board of the Presbyterian Church in East Maryborough in 1932. At the end of 2012, Beryl resigned from the St Stephen’s Church Council in Wodonga saying “… I have enjoyed my association with all ...

Man of great faith

Rev Robert Brian Catford

27/06/1934 – 15/09/2015

Throughout his more than 50 years of service, first as a Presbyterian and later a Uniting Church minister, Rev Robert Catford lived out his faith by example, sharing the gospel messages of love, grace, hope, joy and peace with those around him.

As a young adult Rob experienced a strong and personal ...

Six decades of church and community music honoured

Graham Wesley Stocks OAM
6/5/1928 –17/9/ 2015

Graham Wesley Stocks was born to Rev Wesley and Ruby Stocks in Sydney, the youngest brother of five children, Ken, Gwen, Marcia and Ralph. His great grandfather was Edward King, a Methodist pioneer preacher and circuit steward of Morpeth Circuit of the Maitland District.

As Graham’s father was a Methodist minister ...

A man of many talents – Andrew Donnelly obituary

Rev Andrew Donnelly

13/09/1956 – 20/10/2015

The Uniting Church congregations of Bairnsdale, Paynesville and Lindenow are saddened by the death of their former minister, Rev Andrew Donnelly, on October 20 at Bright Hospital following a six year battle with brain tumours.

Andrew was farewelled at a thanksgiving service at Bright Uniting Church on Tuesday October 27, the church overflowing ...

Obituary: Rev Herbert (Bert) Rhead Stevens AM

Compiled by Saide Stevens and Robert Gottliebsen

Rev Herbert (Bert) Rhead Stevens AM

16/05/1922 – 16/07/2015

Described as “one of Australia’s foremost educators”, Bert was born at Rockhampton Queensland to Harry Charles Stevens and Margaret Rhead Stevens (Cook), the fifth child in a family of seven children.

Bert’s early education at Rangeville Primary School, where his father was headmaster ...