ANZ Retired Officers' Club (VIC)

Vale Respected Member Bob Burgess and Honorary Members Max Colwell and Reginald Roberts

A sad day for ANZROC members  with advice received of the passing of our members  Bob. Max and Reg


BURGESS                             R.J. (BOB)                            76 YEARS                             3/12/2019

Life Member Kevin Mitchell advised  that Bob Burgess passed away suddenly on 3/12/2019. Kevin said he met Bob in ES&A when Bob was a regular cricketer in the ES&A cricket team.

Andrew Kelly said that he and Bob were long-time  friends and Sydney Swans supporters.

Bob Lamb told me that he was chatting to Bob at the ES&A Christmas luncheon on Tuesday 26th November at the Bentleigh Club.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Bob will be held at South Warrandyte Cricket Club, Colman Road, Warrandyte South at 11am on Tuesday 10th December


COLWELL   S.M (Max)   87 years

Max COLWELL 87 years


It is with great sadness that we advise Max passed away peacefully on Monday 2nd December 2019 at BlueCross Box Hill.


He first worked for the Union Bank in Bendigo starting his employment on 24/1/1949. He had many moves throughout his career, especially in the early days while single. Some of the branches that he worked at were Rochester, Alexandra, Kyabram and Ararat. He was then transferred to the ‘big smoke’ Abbotsford (First Teller), Newmarket (Managers Clerk), Nunawading (first Accountant post), Croydon, Elsternwick and East Malvern.


He often spoke of the important roles that he undertook as Exchanges/Remittance Clerk and Head Ledger Clerk. Where cheques were physically handed over to other local branches to enable processing. His days in Bendigo also involved the receipt of gold from the Central Deborah Mine. The branch had the responsibility of storing the gold and once a week sending it to the Royal Mint via registered mail. Apparently only once the delivery never made its destination - stolen off the train at Bendigo!


He had a brush with fame while working at Rochester - His Manager was Charles Brownlow (the son of the legendary footballer) and often trained at the Rochester Football Club with him.


His final position with the bank was when he was transferred to Premises Department in late 1970s. He stayed there until his retirement on 14/1/92. Almost 43 years of service.


Betty Colwell (wife) and Annette Olsen (daughter)


27.4.1932 - 2.12.2019
Passed away peacefully at BlueCross Box Hill with Betty by his side.

Loving husband of Betty. Loving father and father-in-law of Trevor and Robyn, David and Donna, and Annette and Trevor. Poppy to grandchildren Scott (dec), Grant, Glen, Michael, Mark, Rachael, Kimberlee, Kyle and Trent, and to great-grandchildren Logan, Patrick and Jesse.

Forever in our Hearts

Funeral Service at Le Pine Chapel ,1048 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill at 10am on Monday 9/12/2019


ROBERTS, Reginald  91 years

18-6-1928 - 4-12-2019

Loving father of Simon, Andrew ,Deb, Jane, grandpa to Ella ,John, Ada, Lucy, Chas, Wilson, Jack, Daniel, Amelia, Belle. Father in Law to Leith, Emma, Mark, Ben & Alisa. brother in law to Lesley & Neville, uncle to David & Catherine. Reg died suddenly but peacefully. He lived his last years as he wanted; independent & an active member of the communities he treasured: All Saints Mitcham, U3A & the Castle Hill Line Crew. Farewell Dad, loved by many and deeply missed, highly respected by his community, a man of warmth and integrity.

No funeral details available at this time….