From the Director of Co-curriculum, Stephen O’Donnell
We had the sad news this week of the passing legendary old boy Ivan Curotta from the Class of 1947.
Ivan was a very strong contributor to the Waverley College Old Boys’ Union and was present as a number of home games this year where he got to see his beloved double V take home another CAS Rugby title. Ivan was also a faithful supporter of Track and Field and the Waverley Athlete of the year is named after his brother Morris who represented Australia at two Olympics as a sprinter.
Ivan was a great sprinter himself amongst other things. He and his wife Mary were staunch supporters of the Performing Arts and in particular the Ensemble Theatre. Ivan was an astute book writer including the book ‘Up there with the Best’ on his brother’s Olympic successes and ‘Yesteryear – as I see it. Memories of Waverley College’. Ivan was also an historian of all things Waverley College and his presence at the annual Back to Waverley days, May Procession and other College events will be sorely missed.
Our 2017 CAS Track and Field team will mark their respect by wearing black arm bands at next weekend’s Invitational.
Message of Condolence from the Randwick Botany Harriers
Ivan assisted the Club in many ways, right up until the very end. Our former Uniform Officer, Ivan also sponsored our City to Surf trophy on behalf of his brother who was a champion 400m runner.
Ivan was only too happy to help at Randwick Botany Harriers functions, even as he entered his late eighties. He dressed impeccably at Club events and always wore an enormous smile – belying the fact that he was also a seasoned boxer.
Ivan will be sorely missed by all. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends.