Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Sad News

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of

Brother Robert McLaughlin
(Robert James)
Aged 63 years

Today at approximately 3:10 p.m. Sydney time Bob passed peacefully from this life. Following the notice last Thursday, plans had been made to transfer Bob to the Sacred Heart Hospice Darlinghurst. Around 5:00 a.m. on Friday morning his condition took a turn for the worst so that the plans to transfer him were abandoned and the Prince of Wales Hospital continued palliative care nursing. This entailed pain relief and other measures to ensure his comfort.

His brother Neil has been a constant companion over the past days and Ian was to travel to Sydney again to arrive on Tuesday. Joe Bufalo of the Kensington community, a number of brothers of the community and Mark McKeon have all visited him in the past days.

The family and the New Zealand brothers wish Bob to be buried in Mangere. This apparently was the subject of discussion when some of them met with Bob a couple of years ago. He was in support of this.

Preliminary indications are that there will be a requiem Mass, perhaps at Kensington given the association of the Diocese of Bereina with the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. Final details will be confirmed. The present thinking is for Thursday 10 November. A Mass on that day will permit transfer of Robert’s remains to Auckland for a funeral ceremony on Monday 11 November.

Br Ambrose Payne 


Let perpetual light shine upon him and may he rest in peace.


Anonymous said...

Sad news indeed. I remember Bro. Robert from in the 80s. He will be missed, a lot.

Kevin Breedveld said...

RIP Brother Rob

P Secker said...

I remember Br Robert in the early-80's, a mild-mannered, fairly quiet Brother who guarded this new thing called an Apple Mac. Ahead of his time.

Brendon Rae said...

As a day boy during the 80's, the news of Brother Roberts passing is as unexpected as it is sad.  I will always remember Brother Robert as the one who taught the first classes on the subject of those new-fangled "computers" at a time when they held most interest for the games like "Chucky Egg", played from 5 1/4" discs that truely were floppy. While that technology is unrecognisable now, he will always have a legacy through the school magazines of the period. His keen interest in photography was almost single-handedly responsible for the photo archives we have of life at Francis Douglas over that period - whether that was candid shots of classroom activities, snapshots of hostel life or students participating in sporting events over the weekend. Brother Robert has left a very tangible impact on the history of FDMC beyond his spiritual contribution and his warm and gentle nature. 

Shaun said...

Shaun O'Regan says;
RIP Br.Robert,so sad to hear of your passing. I had Brother Robert in the mid-70's when he taught me English and French. Very sensitive man and depressing he died so young.