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

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


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


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


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