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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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