Posted by Paul Forrester
on 24 August 2021
Shortly before the Covid lockdown began I was in communication with Mrs Claire Keoghan who had sent me news of the passing of her husband George, a De La Salle Ashfield Old Boy. His life story is an illustration of the connection that good people have with the Lasallian spirit their entire life. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Mrs Keoghan and her family who shared this simple and beautiful account of George’s life with me:
George was born in 1934 and died on 15th June,2021,all his schooling was at DeLaSalle from Primary on. He completed the Leaving in 1950 and went on to Sydney Teachers College where he graduated in 1953. After various country placements he was appointed to Campbelltown High mathematics department in 1957.
We were married in 1958 and set up our home there. In 1960 he started university studies by Distance Education at the University of New England and finished with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Letters.
In 1968 he accepted the position as Lecturer in Mathematics at Armidale Teachers College where we moved with our 7 children and remained here after he retired.
George's 2 older brothers Bill and Fred both attended Ashfield and both predeceased him. George and I had such fond memories of Ashfield as I am a Bethlehem ex student,we met at school and were married in St. Vincent's.
Born into a depression and living through a World War amongst other upheavals, like we are experiencing with this pandemic, George, with his loving wife Claire, lived a good and full life with achievement, learning and family, never forgetting the Ashy spirit that influenced his early life. A wonderful example for all who desire to be the best they can be.