Vale David Lee

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NSW QCC member David Lee passed away on Anzac Day after a short battle with cancer. David started in the IBM Support Centre in the late 80’s, providing customer support for the newly announced AS/400. After many years in the support organisation, David’s career progressed into Sales, where he had various roles in the Systems business, primarily focused on IBM Business Partners selling Power systems running IBM i – the new name for what was the AS/400 of old. In this role, David developed many great relationships with IBM partners and this no doubt helped him achieve success in this role. 

During his career, David made many good friends in the IBM Systems family, and especially in the close-knit team around the IBM i platform. David was known for his positive attitude and thoughtful approach to dealing with all people. He often had personal anecdotes to relate that would help in most sales situations.  He will be missed by all who worked with him.

Our deepest sympathies go out to David’s family, his wife Jacqueline and his seven children.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Wednesday 8th May at 11:am

St. Matthias Anglican Church, 471-475 Oxford St. Paddington

Refreshments from 1:00pm at Horizons (Level 2), South Maroubra Surf Club, Bernie Kelly Drive, Maroubra


Vale Aivars Saulitis

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Quarter Century Club member Aivars Saulitis passed away on Sunday, 24th March 2024.  Julian Robertson attended the funeral service on 2nd April and passed on the condolences of our QCC Members to Aivars’ son Peter and daughter Anda.  The funeral was well attended by the local Latvian community with a feast of Latvian dishes offered at its conclusion. 

Aivars Saulitis may not have been well known to many of our current members, but an article by Jānis Kārkliņš (Laikraksts Latvietis Nr. 569, 2019. g. 3. nov.) pays tribute to his character and achievements.  See extract below.

Aivars Saulitis – 90th Birthday celebration

Aivars was born in Riga, Latvia on October 22, 1929.  In 1944, the family fled to Germany and later to Australia in 1949, where they lived for the first year in the Bonegilla camp outside Albury.  Aivars already had excellent English and was assigned to the labor camp in the office of the Department of Social Services . In 1950, Aivars moved to Melbourne and, along with working in an electric motor manufacturing factory, entered the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Melbourne. However, studies had to be stopped when his father died suddenly and Aivars had to take care of the family.

In 1952, Aivars married Māra Pilskalnas, and together they raised a daughter Anda and a son Pēteris. Aivars worked during the day and studied accounting at RMIT in the evenings, which he also successfully completed. In 1961, he started his career at IBM, where he worked until his retirement in 1991.  During his time with IBM, Aivars and his family lived in Melbourne,  Adelaide, Perth and Sydney.  In retirement, he and Mara moved back to Melbourne, where their children and grandchildren lived.

Throughout his working years, as well as most of the time after his retirement, Aivars actively participated in Latvian society. He was also active in Latvian umbrella organizations, the Association of Latvians in Australia and New Zealand (LAAJ), and a member of the board of the World Association of Free Latvians (PBLA). Aivars participated in the Christian life of Latvians in Australia, being a member of the board of the Holy Cross Church in Melbourne in the 1970s. Aivars also took active in the cultural life of Australian Latvians, leading the group of Applied Arts in Melbourne and later singing in the Sydney mixed choir. Aivars chaired the Australian Latvian Cultural Days in 1987 in Sydney and in 1994 in Melbourne.

R.I.P. Aivars


Vale Dick Adair

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Dick Adair passed away on Monday 17th June 2024 after two years in aged care.  His Funeral Service  will be held at Tobin Brothers Tree of Life Chapel, 1382 High Street, Malvern on Monday 24th June 2024 at 10:00am.
Our sincere condolences to Dick’s wife Jeanne and family. 
Dick was a highly regarded Systems Engineer in the old Banking and Retail Branch of IBM in Melbourne in the 1980’s.  He qualified for Quarter Century Club in January 1990 and, in retirement, was a regular attendee at VSP lunches in Melbourne for many years.
Thanks to Kevin Curtain for sharing details with his QCC colleagues.


Newsletter No. 2 – May 2019

IBM Alumni Australia (Vic) > General News

Our second newsletter for 2019 features:

    1. QCC Website – now open for member login and updates.
    2. 2019/2020 Membership Subscriptions due by 1 July 2019.
    3. 2019 AGM & Mid-Year Lunch.
    4. 2019 Annual Dinner.
    5. QCC web site – Guidance for Users.

The Newsletter is available for viewing/download here: IBM QCC VIC Newsletter – May 2019