ANZ Retired Officers' Club (VIC)


Vale Gerry McPherson Respected Life Member of ANZROC Victoria

President Ken advises that due to the restriction to 50 people able to attend  the funeral service for Gerry, the service  will be live streamed  at 2pm on Wednesday 4th August  and the link to the service is below:


“Please see below the link to the Tribute Page on our Tobin Brothers Funerals website. 

This is where the Webcast/Live Streaming can be viewed. 

Through this site you can view the webcast, light a virtual candle and leave a tribute or message.

I hope you find this helpful.”



Ken Crawford advised It is with much sorrow and sadness that I advise that Gerry McPherson passed away this morning at 4:30 am with Faye at his side. Gerry was 96 years.


Gerry was a Life member of ANZROC and was Treasurer for 23 years, retiring from that position in 2009


We were fortunate to have him and Faye attend our ANZAC meeting in April where he gave a talk on his WW2 service and which has been repeated in the last two newsletters.


Vale Gerry



Gerry McPherson

(From Ken Crawford and John Brown)

Gerry was born on 14 November, 1924 in Horsham, Victoria.

He had 44 years of service with the ANZ.

He enlisted on 29 January 1943 and embarked for England on 17 November 1943.

During the war (WW2) he was a rear gunner attached to Lancaster Bomber group, RAF Squadron #186, #5 Group flying out of Stradishall, Suffolk UK.

He was the recipient of France’s “Legion of Honour” in 2015.

Val Goldsworthy (ANZROC member) once ask Gerry about the Cathedral in Cologne (Germany) as it was not damaged during the war and Gerry advised that the Cathedral was a checkpoint for Navigators so it’s preservation was essential for Navigators for air raid directions.

Gerry (and wife Fay) was on the Odd Bods committee (an associated RSL group) for several years.

Gerry was Treasurer of ANZROC from 1984 to 2009, 25 years and was granted Life membership in 1995.

"Gerry was elected to the ANZROC (Vic) committee, and in 1984 he took on the role of Treasurer, a position he held for 25 years, an enormous commitment.

During his time as Treasurer, member details were recorded on around 800 individual hand-written cards that also contained records of annual subscription payments. The cards were held in alphabetical order in about 10 binders.

In those days, member subscription payments were made either by cheque or cash - no electronic payments - and financial records were meticulously hand written by Gerry into a journal for reconciliation with the bank statements each month. As you can imagine, this was a very time consuming job, and I am sure that Fay would have assisted Gerry during the busy times.

Gerry enjoyed his time as Treasurer, but he was happy to hand over the role in 2010 when it was decided to transfer the records and financial accounting to the computerised MYOB system."

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Vale Barrie Gibson Respected Honorary Member of ANZROC Victoria aged 82

John Ries advised that his long term friend Barrie Gibson passed away at Epworth/Freemasons on Saturday 10 July. He was mainly a Retail Banker of some 40 years. He was born on 16/4/1939.

Our condolences are extended to Barrie's family.

Vale Peter John Woodward Respected Member of ANZROC Victoria


We were  advised by John Moore that our member Peter John Woodyard passed away on 27 June 2021, aged 68 years.


His funeral was held on 2 July 2021 and a tribute was in the Herald Sun on 30/6/21


Our condolences are extended to Peter's family

Photos and Attendees from Moonee Valley lunch July 2021


Anne Wee Jill Ward
Aldo Calvo Joan Nathan ©
Alex Mazur Joe Maggiore
Allen Thorp Joe Romano
Andrew Kelly John Carrazzo
Ann Hudgson John Hudgson ©
Bernadette Hulbert © John Moore
Bob Lamb Julia Bayer
Bruce Sanderson Ken Crawford ©
Carole Whiting Ken Pattison ©
Cathy Cartwright Lauris Sterling
Cheryl Pearson Leanne Parker
Concetto La Fauci © Leanne Tong-Lyon
Deb Elliott Lynne McMillan
Des Field Mary Nicolazzo
Doug Ramsay Mike Devlin
Eamon Veaney © Neil Bottos
Gaye Reynolds Neil Gladstone
Gary Heskett Neville Pearson
Jane Low Norris Gale
Jeanette Fleming  
Jenny Buck Owen Philp
  Paul King
  Rose Virgona
  Sheryl Heard
  Vicky Genius ©
  Wayne Hulbert