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from SACOBU namely, the finer ingredients of Christian Faith, which blend harmoniously in traditional practices. Personally, I wish to note Laurie’s willingness to confide in me his religious concerns and the trust which this confidence implied. I am ever appreciative of his coming to the aid of my mother, who was not a patient of his, on one occasion during an unexpected illness, out of regular hours, and his doing so graciously. Kindness never fails – it creates fond and lasting memory. As a return gesture I invite us all to pray for his eternal repose. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and my perpetual light shine upon him. May he Rest in Peace. Amen.” Father John Grace The Late Phil Virgona (SAC 1963) with his daughters Jessica and Vicar General Harriet. Diocese of Rockhampton, Queensland the Subject Master in Social Science at the selective North 1952 Sydney Boys High School in 1990 – from where he retired in 2005. Interestingly his eldest brother, Robert had also taught Rev Fr Peter Fraser OFM died on 15 November 2011. there in the early 1970s. Phil was a dedicated teacher who 1959 readily undertook extra-curricular activities and was very proud of some champion rugby teams which he coached at various Frank Mornane died on 20 May 2011 in Melbourne. He is schools. From all accounts Phil was an extremely well-liked survived by his brothers Jim Mornane (SAC 1957) and Patrick teacher and was often recognised by his former students when Mornane (SAC 1962). out and about. On one of the many occasions he was in 1954 up to him and said she remembered him teaching her as aRoyal North Shore Hospital prior to his death, a nurse came John Hahn passed away on 28 May 2011 after a battle with young teenager nearly forty years ago – obviously he made cancer. He is survived by his cousin, Bill Hahn (SAC 1946). an impression! Phil married Penny Holmes in January 1972 in The Boys’ 1963 Chapel and with an added Aloysian touch the marriage was Philip Virgona (SAC 1963) celebrated by Fr David Strong SJ (SAC 1955), Penny’s cousin and, of course, an Old Aloysian. Phil and Penny had two Phil Virgona was the youngest of the five Virgona brothers who daughters, Jessica and Harriet on whom he doted but he kept attended St Aloysius and in 1953 and 1954 all five – Robert up his Aloysian connections by following the activities of his (1954), Michael (1956), Peter (1958), Chris (1961) and many nephews who have attended the College. He was also Phil – were at school at the same time and this remarkable a regular attendee at various dinners, Class Reunions etc. occurrence was recorded in a group photo of all five in the 1954 Aloysian. The other, and youngest, member of the family But even more importantly, Phil formed many close is their sister, Eleanor. friendships with his former schoolmates and these were maintained and further developed throughout his life. In fact As well as the brothers involvement in all aspects of his funeral at Sacred Heart Church Mosman, again celebrated Aloysian life, the association extended to the school’s staging by Fr David Strong, was almost like a Class Reunion of the of the annual Gilbert and Sullivan operas in the family’s ‘Preparatory’ classes of 1953 and 1954. Orpheum theatres in North Sydney and Cremorne for many years in the 1950s. In a poignant note in the very last weeks of his life, Phil was absolutely thrilled when his elder daughter, Jessica Phil was a keen sportsman at school and played on announced her engagement to Old Boy of the College, the wing in the rugby 1st XV in 1962 and 1963 and was Nicholas Clancy (SAC 1996), one of the sons of Major David Champion Athlete in 1963 and also a Prefect that year. Clancy, Commanding Officer of the SAC Cadet Unit. His final Moving on to Sydney University, Phil completed a BA struggle with the illness that he had fought for so many years and Dip ED but before he could begin his teaching career was to make it to the wedding in December but unfortunately his number ‘came up’ in the conscription lottery introduced at this was not to be. However all who were present at the the time of the Vietnam war. He went off to Singleton for what wedding, naturally celebrated by Fr David Strong, felt Phil’s turned out to be a very short period of basic training before strong presence among them on an extremely happy occasion. he was discharged because he couldn’t see well enough – the army’s standards were obviously very high as Phil never David Emanuel (SAC 1962) and Brian Hamer (SAC 1963) encountered any difficulties with his eyesight in future years. 1968 He was then able to begin his teaching career, concentrating on Geography and Economics subjects, and taught at a Rod Gibson (SAC 1968) number of Sydney high schools before he was appointed as As the ''biggest gig'' of his life got closer, the writer, poet and St Aloysius’ College A Jesuit School for Boys _ Founded 1879 a l oy s i a d / page 76


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