Thanks to Brother Raymond Khan for the following information.
The notice below refers to Christopher Ellmers, an old boy of Francis Douglas Memorial College. He was a member of the De La Salle Brothers in the late 80's through to the mid 90's. His years of ministry included a few years at FDMC. I think his time at the College was his first appointment.
Since leaving the Brothers he has worked "for the poor" with the St Vincent de Paul Society, CentreLink (govt agency), and most recently with the Salvation Army. He loved his work with those who were most in need. His younger brother Andrew (Perth) is also an old boy. His Mum, Margaret is an active member of the parish and school in Stratford.
Chris was in hospital last week with a blood condition and suffered a massive stroke last Tuesday. He never regained consciousness and his life support was turned of in the presence of his Mum, brother and niece last Saturday morning. Many of the "old timers" would remember Chris and several of them would have taught or worked with him.
CHRISTOPHER ELLMERS (1961 - 2012)
Good morning! Yesterday, about 100 people, including his Mum, Margaret; Brother, Andrew and Niece, Kate farewelled Christopher a very generous, compassionate and good man. Br Michael McCabe presided at a very moving ceremony. During the ceremony those in attendance were invited to share their thoughts and memories of Chris. The common theme of the reflections was that Chris had lived the Gospel values to "the full" - love, kindness, generosity and compassion. Chris was, in every way, a Good Samaritan - he would never "pass another person by." One of the most moving aspects of Chris' funeral was the presence of many of the men from The Anchorage - (A Salvation Army Residential Unit). Chris was loving his involvement and work with the Salvation Army after working at CentreLink and OzanamHouse. There were also representatives, including Dr Phillip Ngu, from his "favourite" Basketball team from his time at De La Salle College Malvern. The care of Chris, after his massive stroke last Tuesday, at St Vincent's Public Hospital, Melbourne by the Doctors, Nurses and the Pastoral Care Team was truly inspirational. Our God does work in mysterious ways. However, all of us are indeed so much richer for knowing Chris. May he rest in the arms of an all loving, compassionate and forgiving God.
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