On the evening of Tuesday 23 May 2017, exactly 100 years to the day since the first convened meeting of the Churchie Old Boys’ Association (OBA), Old Boy Jack Duff (1960) was conferred Honorary Life Membership of the OBA. Jack is only the eleventh Old Boy to have been conferred this honour. Suffice to say it is a rare honour indeed. Joining the OBA Committee for this important event were fellow Honorary Life Members, John Jell (1956) and Barry Kelly (1962).

Jack’s service to the OBA and to the School is truly worthy of such recognition. He held a position of office on the OBA Committee for thirteen years. His first position was as Assistant Treasurer for seven consecutive years from 1986 through to 1992. Jack then served as the Treasurer from 1993 to 1995 before being elected as President for 1996 and 1997. Following this, in 1998, he held the position of Immediate Past President. Furthermore, Jack was the Old Boys Representative on School Council from 2004 to 2008.

Harping back to his school days, Jack entered Churchie in 1953. In his senior year of 1960, he was the School Captain, Captain of Goodwin and Captain of Swimming. He also played in the First XV. Jack was not just a talented sportsman; he was also quite a singer. In a break away from the traditional three act plays, the School’s first Gilbert & Sullivan production was in 1959. Jack played the Mikado in the musical of that name. He also appeared in a leading role in The Gondoliers. Before retirement, Jack was a chartered accountant.

Congratulations Jack on an honour well deserved!

Featured Image: Old Boy Jack Duff (1960) being presented with OBA Honorary Life Membership by OBA President Daniel Pitt (2006)
Above Image (L-R): John Jell (1956), Jack Duff (1960) and Barry Kelly (1962)