St Patrick's College Old Boy of the Year Award

The recipients of the Felix Kane Cup

The Old Boy of the year is Gerard Tully – SPC Silverstream 1976 to 1979. WelCom December 2017: Every year St Patrick’s College Old Boys Association (SPCOBA) gathers annually to formally recognise and celebrate one of their many outstanding past students as a recipient of the Felix Kane Cup. St Patrick’s Colleges of Wellington and Silverstream are founded on the values and leadership of the Society of Mary. The Marist priests, brothers and sisters taught at the Colleges for many years and remain the owners.

Sir Patrick Mahony – SPC Silverstream 1950 to 1953. Sir Patrick has been a major contributor to the life of both of our Colleges. He fully epitomises the qualities of a Patrician through his significant commitment to both Colleges and to the wider New Zealand Community. He has walked the talk and has lived “the Marist Principles” in all of his actions both professionally and within his communities. Sir Patrick was a highly regarded and sought after member of the judiciary on an international scale and was regarded as a world thought leader on family law and he championed child protection globally. Sir Patrick chaired the SPC Town Board of Trustees and devoted himself to the betterment of this College. In retirement after working in the Family Court, he continued to serve and contribute as a member of the Parole Board and throughout his life served in many capacities.

Francis Anthony Fanning – SPC Silverstream, 1962-63; SPC Wellington 1964-66. Francis served for more than forty years with great professional commitment, integrity and success in his chosen career of real estate. In a highly competitive field he was widely respected by peers for his ethical and collaborative approach and leadership skills. Over many years he has been engaged and continues to do so with dedication and distinction in a number of voluntary roles, several of which are high profile activities closely associated with the Church and that underpin its good name.

The Felix Kane Cup for 2014 Old Boy of the Year has been presented to Bill English and Brian McGuinness.

Congratulations Bernie Monk, Old Boy of the Year for 2013, who was awarded the Felix Kane Cup at the 2013 Old Boys Annual Dinner.

Steve Hinds, the 2012 recipient, attended St Pats in Town from 1969 until 1973. Steve was fit and rugby mad during his time at St Pat’s. After finishing college, he already had a few mates from the school First XV who had joined the Police force and they had loved it. Steve was attracted to a career in the Police by such obvious camaraderie. He was recruited and attended the Police College in Trentham in 1976. He joined Wing 66 in September and he graduated with 120 others in December that year. Thus commenced a stellar career.

Congratulations Rev. Fr Noel Delaney SM (S35-40) Old Boy of the Year for 2011. In December 2011, Fr Noel will have completed 63 years of service as a priest, noted by his nephew Noel Sainsbury (S73-77) as a man whose quiet achievements are great but done with humility. Fr Noel has been exemplary in his years of dedicated service in a truly Marist way of building communities through education, his love of music and in particular Maori & Pacific culture and language. He is a role model to all old boys of how the gospels and Marist tradition can manifest themselves in a real way.

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