Nov 20

Vale Fr Graeme Duro

For those members who knew Father, a former member of the MCC Bowls Section.

Fr Graeme Stuart SSS died peacefully at St Vincent’s Hospital, Fitzroy on Thursday 14 November 2019, aged 72 years.

Graeme was professed in the Blessed Sacrament Congregation on 3 March 1975 and ordained on 19 August 1978. Prior to joining religious life, he played professional Aussie Rules footy (St Kilda Football Club) and later served in the Victorian Police Force in the Melbourne Metropolitan Region. During his time away from the Congregation, he worked in the Victorian State Government office.

Fr Graeme served the Lord and the church faithfully and generously over many years accepting various appointments within the Province. During his time as Province leader (2006-2014) he also served on the Executive Council of Catholic Religious Victoria and Yarra Theological Union. Graeme spent his last years at St Francis’ Community, Melbourne. He will be missed by his family, his SSS brothers and his many friends. He will be remembered for his courage, kindness, generosity and prayerfulness.

At peace in the Lord’s embrace

The Funeral Eucharist for Fr Graeme Stuart Duro SSS will be celebrated at St Francis’ Church, 326 Lonsdale St (cnr Elizabeth St), Melbourne on Friday (22 November 2019)commencing at 12.00 noon.

After Mass, refreshments will be served in the Pastoral Centre followed by Burial at Williamstown Cemetery.

Vale Graeme Duro,

For those that knew Graeme we were saddened to hear that he had passed away,

I think that it is appropriate that we outline his contribution to the MCC Bowls Section,

Graeme joined the Bowls Section in 2002 and went on to play 215 games of Saturday Pennant his last season with us was in 2015-2016, his work made it extremely difficult for him to practice and play,

Graeme also played in our Division 1 premiership in 2003-2004. He also won the club triples and won the pairs leading for Normie Whitehead.

He was a fierce competitor, often it was difficult convincing our opponents that he was a man of the cloth.

Graeme was tremendous bowler to have playing with you and was often critical on the greens which was generally directed at himself he, was a perfectionist.

Off the greens Graeme was a great friend to many at MCC  Bowls and was also instrumental in assisting many members in times of need.

He made a  massive contribution and was always great company.

Graeme Duro was a great mate, fine bowler and a friend to many at MCC and will be missed.

Manny Galanos,

Chairman MCC Bowls


  1. Geoff Harding

    Played many games with Graeme and still have fond memories of the trip in John Kalogers car to bowls one Saturday and the finger nail imprints in his dashboard vowing never to travel again with that mad man. Another one of the good guys leaves us….my condolences

  2. Geoff Briggs

    A very sad day for many many people. Although a few years younger I was lucky enough to go to school with Graeme (“Dexter”), and when I played my first games with Benalla Football Club in the Ovens and Murray League, Dexter was the “gentle giant” who would tap it down the throats of the little blokes like me. Following up on Geoff Harding’s “car story” there were many hairy trips from Benalla back to University in the late 60’s with Dexter’s car crammed full!

    It was always great to catch up with the “big fella” over the years and Dexter, or should I say respectfully, Father Graeme, will be greatly missed by everyone who was lucky enough to have known him.

  3. Ian Smith

    Fr Graeme Duro

    Joined MCC for the 2002-2003 season and played 215 games of Saturday Pennant until 2015-2016 when he played only 4 games and his work made it hard for him to practice and play.

    He was a member of our most recent Division 1 Premiership team (2003-2004).

    Graeme was a member of the Club Championship Triples in 2005 and 2009 and led for Norm Whitehead in winning the 2007 Pairs Championship.

    Graeme was a fierce competitor on the green. It was always better to be in his team than playing against him. His criticism was generally directed against himself rather than against his team members, when he wasn’t happy with the way his bowl performed.

    Off the green Graeme was a great friend and helpful to a lot of members in times of trouble. Graeme was always enjoyable company around the club.

    So long mate, you will be missed.

    Ian Smith
    Bowls Director

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