Ronald Frank Hatchett (6 June 1924 - 9 June 2011) Tribute: An Outward Bound Australia Champion

This week we celebrated the life and service of one of Outward Bound Australia’s true Champions.

Ron was a former Board Member, volunteer and "Trustee" of Outward Bound.  His service began in the 1970's and only ended when he passed away last week at age 87.


 Outward Bound CEO Darren Black gave a tribute to Ron at a Thanksgiving service in Sydney on 17 June.


























Above: Outward Bound CEO Darren Black and his wife Melissa with Ron.




Today I speak on behalf of Outward Bounders past and present. We remember Ron Hatchett, an old mate, community champion and servant to many, and we celebrate his faithful service and friendship.


Ron was a humble man, who gave much and sought little in return.  He was a champion of the community and Outward Bound was one of his continuing passions through to the end.


Ron is known to many Outward Bounders and I see two of our Chairman and several Board members here today to remember him.  Ron’s association with OB goes back almost as far as his involvement with legacy – some 40 years.  I am told it began with an invitation to serve from the then Chairman, Brig Fred McCallister.  I am told a request to serve from Fred was hard to deny but Ron certainly came willingly and gave much of himself in the many years since:


Tim Medhurst says during the days of the first Sydney Office – approx 1986-1996 - Ron spent many years volunteering 2 days a week in the office to help with accounting, insurance and then superannuation etc.


Tim recalls: “I recall that as a retired businessman from the insurance industry he would spend 2 days each week at OBA office, 2 days a week at Legacy Office and one day per week at golf!


Ron was also the host of countless OBA AGM’s which up until recent years where held at the Legacy House in York St, Sydney. Ron would be there serving beers after each AGM.


Ron was an OBA Board member for many years and was subsequently appointed a “Trustee” of Outward Bound, that is, he along with Ian Curlewis were entrusted with ensuring the continued good name of Outward Bound.


Tim, Peter Miller, William Crothers, Andrew Aitken, Julie Molloy and Alan Riches remember Ron as an absolute gentleman. He was the Board member who was there for the staff. He was there when needed or when things became tough – he was a wonderful mentor and supporter of OBA.


Darren Black: “To me Ron was a quite supporter, and an old mate.  Still trying to help when he was able and always with a positive word of support.  He was the definition of a Gentleman.


Ron was much loved and highly respected by all those who new him.  He will be missed.  Go in Peace old cobba.”


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