Billy Gartner

Billy Gartner at the 50th Anniversary of MOCFCs First Match April 2018. Photo taken by Vicki Walsh

The Club wishes to pass its deepest condolences to the Gartner family following the passing of Bill Gartner last week.

Bill Gartner was born on 25.05.1945 the second son of Bill (senior) and Nell Gartner, stalwarts in their local community and,later, Marcellin College. Bill joined older brother Brian and was soon to be followed by sister Mary and younger brothers Peter and John.

Bill’s commenced at St Bede’s North Balwyn in 1950, and later it was off to the fledgling Marcellin College in Camberwell. A keen sportsman and steady student, Bill would become a member of the inaugural Senior Class at the Bulleen campus in 1963, a year in which he captained the
College XVIII, winning the Best and Fairest from full back.  He also Captained the College’s First XI cricket side.

Bill matriculated that year and commenced an Accountancy course at RMIT. He enjoyed a long and successful career as a practicing Accountant with Garner, Walker & Co.

On the sporting field, Bill joined local club Kew Amateurs where he played full back in their flag winning 1966 team which spawned several league players. At the same time he was voted onto the Marcellin Old Collegians Committee and with others, was responsible for the formation of the MOCFC a few years later. Bill pulled on the boots for the new club and played conspicuously in the YCW competition until knee injuries took their toll and forced him into early retirement.

Wishing to remain involved, Bill was elected President of the football club in 1973 and indisputably retained this position until he retired after a record six years in 1978. As noted above, Bill’s deep allegiance to the club dates well back into the formative years when he was a skilled player, Club Treasurer and eventually senior runner. He was always a conscientious worker for the Old Collegians and his prudent and discerning Presidency during the Club’s rise to A Grade made him many admirers for his valued judgement and his administrative ability throughout those memorable years.

The accomplishments achieved by the individual members of the Gartner family,including Bill Senior and Nell led to the naming of the Gartner Fields at the Bulleen campus. These playing surfaces are in constant use as the family would wish.

Unfortunately, Bill experienced ill health in the last several years but he doggedly “fought the good fight” and survived where others may have failed.

Bill passed away on Friday evening, January 18th 2019.  He is survived by his daughter Rachel and sons Bradley and Craig as well as brothers Brian and Peter and sister Mary. He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends and associates.

Vale Bill