In Memoriam

Established in 1939, the NSW GBOTA not only provides membership advocacy, but the opportunity for participants to gather, share ideas and socialise. 

Sadly, sometimes our friends leave us. The NSW GBOTA has generated this page to share vale notices, including Memorial service details. 

Family of Members are welcome to send vale notices with funeral details and an image if desired for display on our website. These can be submitted to gbota@gbota.com.au

 

Gerarda White

The Association was saddened to hear of the passing of long time Liverpool Branch Member Gerarda White, the husband of Ron White. Gerarda was a wonderful supporter of the GBOTA over many years and will be deeply missed. The Association's thoughts are with Ron and Gerarda's family at this time.

Gerarda's funeral will be held on Monday 14th September, 11am at 190 Canterbury Road Roselands. 

 

Gerald (Gerry) Lee 

The Association is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of long time member Gerry Lee. 

Gerry was a life-long participant in the greyhound industry, a long term member of the Gosford Branch and a NSW GBOTA Director, representing the Hunter River District, for at least two terms. He also served for a period as vice-chairman.

Gerry was very well known in the Gosford/Hunter region, enjoyed substantial friendships within the greyhound industry and was deeply respected as a productive and progressive administrator.

Based at Gosford, Gerry drove many improvements at the Maitland and Gosford tracks during his time as a Director. With a background in commerce and logistics, he was also a valuable and balanced contributor to business decisions of the NSW GBOTA. He was a strong advocate for the needs of participants and, without fail, presented positively for both the NSW GBOTA and the wider NSW greyhound industry.

Gerry was an experienced and skilled trainer whose advice, given freely, was valued by many and was instrumental in guiding younger participants.

Gerry will be deeply missed by all in our industry who knew him. Our thoughts are with Gerry's family and friends at this sad time.

 

Pat McDonald

The Association was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of friend of the GBOTA Pat McDonald, the wife of long term GBOTA employee Hec McDonald. Pat was a wonderful supporter of the Lismore Greyhound Track over many years, and will be deeply missed. The Association's thoughts are with Pat's family and friends at this time. 

Wendy Brown 

The Association was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of GBOTA member Wendy Brown, who along with husband John, have been long term members of the Association. The Greyhound Recorder has written a beautiful tribute to our friend Wendy, you can read it here. Our thoughts and condolences are with Wendy's family and friends at this sad time. 

 

Alfie Hayes

The Association is saddened to hear of the passing of GBOTA member Alfie Hayes, who trained champion stayer Travel Rev in the early 70s. Travel Rev is widely considered the greatest long-distance greyhound to race over the 800 yards (732m) trip at Harold Park.  

A private funeral has been held for Alfie. Our thoughts and condolences are with Alfie's family and friends at this sad time. 

Jeff Collerson has written a lovely story on our friend Alfie, click on the link below to read: 

https://www.thedogs.com.au/news/2020-06-29/vale-alfie-hayes

 

Kerrie Cross

The Association is saddened to announce the passing of Kerrie Cross.

A valued and long-serving employee of NSW GBOTA and Wentworth Park, KErrie passed away last Friday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. 

Kerrie is survived by son James, daughter Sarah and grand-daughter Ellie.

Our thoughts and condolences are with Kerrie's family and friends.


 Bev Mahoney 

The Association is saddened to announce the passing of our great Camden Branch member and friend Beverley Mahoney.

Bev was an inaugural member of the Camden Branch of the GBOTA which was formed in 1992. Bev was the inaugural treasurer and held that position until 2016.

Bev was made a Life Member of the Camden Branch due to her tireless work for the Branch.

In 2012 Bev was awarded the highly recognised GBOTA Distinguished Service Award for her much dedicated service of 20 continuous years service to the GBOTA Camden Branch.

Bev and Dennis bred, owned and trained many, many great greyhounds over the years, including 2004 Sydney Cup Winner Resigned.

Bev's funeral will be held on Wednesday 4th March, 2020 at Gledswood Homestead, 900 Camden Valley Way Catherine Fields, at 11.00am.

Bev will be greatly missed by her many greyhound friends and family. Our thoughts are with Dennis, and Bev's family and friends at this sad time. 

 

Ron Wright

The Association is saddened to hear of the passing of long term Gosford employee Ron Wright last Monday. Our thoughts are with Ron's friends and family during this time. 

Ron has been a wonderful employee for the Gosford GBOTA for many years, always seen welcoming patrons and participants at the main gate on race nights.

Those wishing to farewell Ron are advised that a memorial service will be held for Ron on Thursday March 29, 2019 at Palmdale Lawn Cemetary and Memorial Park, Palmdale Road, Palmdale. 

 

 

Nancy Willis

The Association is saddened to hear of the passing of Wollongong member Nancy Willis on January 1, 2019. Details will be provided to the service once known. Our thoughts are with Nancy's family and friends. 

Mollie Rowe

The Association is saddened to hear of the passing of member Mollie Rowe early this morning, December 31, 2018. Our thoughts are with Mollie's family and friends at this time.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Church, Address: 48-50 Princes Hwy, Unanderra NSW 2526 at 9.30am. 

Len Herbert

The Association is saddened to hear of the passing of The Association's patron Len Herbert on Wednesday. Thoughts are with family and friends during this difficult time.

Len's funeral will be held at 11am on Friday 14th December. The service will be held in the Rose Chapel, at Palmdale Lawn Cemetary and Memorial Park, Palmdale Road, Palmdale. 


Alan Bonham 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of fellow GBOTA member and Camden Branch Member, Alan Bonham. Alan died at Campbelltown Hospital on Wednesday 5th December 2018.

Funeral Details:

TUESDAY 11 DECEBER 10AM

GLEDSWOOD WINERY

CAMDEN VALLEY WAY

CATHERINE FIELD

Our thoughts are with Alan's family and friends during this sad time. 

Philippe Degraeve

His many friends mourned the passing of City-Parramatta Branch member Philippe Degraeve in September 2018.

Phil was a longtime member of the GBOTA, and served a term as Chairman of the Parramatta Branch in 2012, prior to the amalgamation with City Branch.

Among his winners were One Penny, Revlon Bale, Winged Flash, Winged Turbo, Winged Prince, One Trick Pony.

At the time of his passing at age 84, he still had two greyhounds in his care.


Amelia Little

The Association was saddened to hear of the passing of member Amelia Little. Our thoughts are with Amelia's family and friends during this time. 

A service will be held for Amelia:

Thursday 11am

Gledswood

Camden Valley Way.


Roger Thomas 

The Association was saddened to hear of the sudden passing of former MDA Delegate and Liverpool Branch Member Roger Thomas on Friday 9th March. Our thoughts go out to Roger's family and friends during this time. 

Further details of funeral arrangements will be provided once the Association is advised. 

George Singline

The Association is saddened to hear of the passing of respected trainer and long time NSW GBOTA member. George Singline on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 the age of 94. Our thoughts are with George's family and friends at this time.

Funeral details: 

Monday, February 5, 2018 @11.30am at Parmdale Crematorium Hillside Chapel, with service following at Wyong Golf Club. 


Phyllis "Toddy" Wilson 

The NSW GBOTA sadly advises of the passing of Camden Branch member, Phyllis “Toddy” Wilton on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. The Association is advised that the memorial service and wake will be held at the Gledswood Winery in Catherine Fields at 11am on Tuesday, January 16. Our thoughts are with Toddy’s family and friends. 

 

Mr Rick Hodgson

6.10.2017

The GBOTA is saddened to hear this morning of the passing of Camden Branch Stalwart Rick Hodgson. Rick was the point score captain and Vice Chairman for over 20 years, a tireless worker for the GBOTA. Our thoughts are with Rick's family and friends at this time.

Funeral arrangements for our dear friend RICK (PAUL) HODGESON are

10am Monday 16th Oct at Forrest Lawn, Leppington in the North Chapel



Mr Anthony McDonald (Pa, Pop or Mr Mac to those closest).

Long standing Wollongong Branch Member
29/4/1930 - 1/10/17
Service at Saint Peter & Paul Church Kiama
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 11.30am
Requim Mass followed by refreshments at Kiama Bowling Club


Mr Matthew Matic

6.9.17

The NSW GBOTA is saddened to advise of the passing of Auburn-Lidcombe member, Matthew Matic.

Members are advised that a memorial service will not be held, in line with Matthew's wishes. A race date to honour Matt is currently being coordinated and details will be advised once available. 

Ms Nicole Donovan 

The NSW GBOTA is saddened to advise of the sudden passing of Goulburn member, Ms Nicole Donovan. 

Nicole passed away on July 19, with her funeral to be held, Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 11am at the Bowral Church of Christ; 56 Wingecarribee St, Bowral NSW 2576

Members of the NSW Greyhound community are putting on a benefit event for Nicole's family, at Shoalhaven GRC (Nowra) on Saturday, August 19 from mid morning; with live band, monster raffle and jumping castle


Mr Harry Hughes
The NSW GBOTA is saddened to advise that Life Member, Harry Hughes has passed away.
Mr Hughes funeral service was held on Monday, 20 March, 2017 at North Chapel, Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Camden Valley Way, Leppington.

Eulogy courtesy of George Hayes
Harry passed away on March 10th 2017. His funeral service was on Monday March 20th 2017. Harry was aged 94 years of age.

He was honoured with Life Membership of the GBOTA in 2011- for his service and support of the GBOTA. Harry served several terms as an MDA Delegate for the City Branch, prior to the amalgamation of City & Parramatta Branches.

He was still training greyhounds well into his eighties, in fact was Harry still putting on the collar and lead up to 2010 .

Some greyhounds Harry enjoyed success with included: Choppy Waters, Ebony Brin, Fair Value, Gold Zar, Light Spring, Pet Rock.Harry Hughes was a stalwart within the GBOTA, together with his wife, Irene, who predeceased him.

Mr Paul Barnes
The Association is saddened to hear this morning of the passing of Paul Barnes. Paul came to the Association as Manager of Bulli and like many was an all rounder willing to give any job a go to ensure things went ahead. Our thought are with Paul's family and friends