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Gregory 'Joe' Ross McRae

Gregory 'Joe' Ross McRae

June 13th, 1948 - July 1st, 2021

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Name Gregory 'Joe' Ross McRae
Date of Birth June 13th, 1948
Date of Death July 1st, 2021
Home Town Quirindi, NSW, AU 

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John Bullen published a tribute .

From mid-1969 to mid-1972 I was the Officer Commanding the Topographic Squadron of the Army Survey Regiment at Bendigo. Joe was a Corporal in my Squadron who was soon promoted to Sergeant.

I thought very highly of him. He was an excellent technician and a talented leader. A great team man, he was a fine captain of the Regiment cricket team. He played a key role in enabling me to sort out an incident with minimum fuss when two fellow members of the Squadron had to be extracted from the Bendigo Police Station. And how did they get there? Sorry! As another member of the Squadron has aptly said, what happens in the Alexandra Fountain stays in the Alexandra Fountain!

After going our separate ways about half a century ago, it was a real delight to catch up with Joe once again at a Bendigo reunion in 2015.

Above all Joe was a very likeable man and friend to many. I feel privileged to join his many friends – I have recognised many familiar names here – who have already painted such a clear picture of such a fine man.

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Phil Procter published a comment .

John, I remember that night at the fountain. You also did a sterling job at getting a great solution!

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Joy Shiell published a tribute .

So sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. Deepest sympathy to Vicki, James and Dan. I'm not sure if there is an afterlife, but if there is, Ian and Joe will be chatting about the good old days at Natmap and putting a couple of dollars on some longshot. RIP Joe. Joy Shiell.

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Goldie published a tribute .

Joe was a great mate to all that was part of the NatMap family, will always remember the good times. One of natures true gentlemen.
Condolences to Vicki and Family

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Peter & Lyn James published a tribute .

Met Joey on my first day at Nat Map in the early 70's and have been fortunate to call him a good mate ever since. Met Vicky shortly after and it was obvious they were destined to be together, I only wish it could have been for much longer.
So glad we were able spend a couple of days together camped on the Murray.
We have no doubt Dan and James will look after the lovely Miss Vicky.
Will miss you Pops,

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Frank Parsons published a tribute .

Joe going above and beyond on the job

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Paul Byrne published a comment .

One of life’s true gentlemen indeed. Was my pleasure to have known and worked with Joe over a good number of years. A lovely man who will be badly and sadly missed by all who have known and loved him.
RIP my friend.

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Lyn And Harry Baker published a tribute .

Sad to hear of Joe's passing. Had a great time working with him on Natmap field work. Our love and condolences to Vicki, Dan and James. RIP Joe. We will always have fond memories of you.

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K & T Jones published a comment .

Many wonderful memories of good times with our lovely neighbours in Wellington Avenue. So sad to hear of Joe's passing. Condolences to you Vicki and your boys and we will never forget Joe and happy days with you. Love from the Jones family xx

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Geoff And Petrina Toll published a tribute .

I haven’t seen Joe for 20 years and before that another 22 years, but I will always remember his great smile and kind heart . Sad to here and my condolences to Vicki and family. Geoff

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Tom Zentai published a tribute .

Great memories from long ago. Joe is in the centre in the back row

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Blythe published a tribute .

Sad news Vicki, you were a lovely and loving couple. Our condolences and love,

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Diana Vlahovich published a tribute .

Last reunion and farewell to AUSLIG Dandenong 15/08/97.
Kalen, Di, Joe, Diana, Derek, Vicki and Kevin.
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Diana Vlahovich published a comment .

I joined National Mapping in 1978, hardly could speak English.
Met Vicki and Joe who made me comfortable in that environment of map making (had no idea what I meant to do)
Friendship was and still is genuine with people I truely adore.
Joe was a great friend and gentleman who adored Vicki and his boys Dan and James.
Joe had that whicket humor and will be missed.
RIP dear friend

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Vicki published a tribute .

Joe and sister Suzie

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Adrian Rynberk published a comment .

I worked with Joe in the Survey Corps and National Mapping. What a character, he loved his Rabbitohs, was a good operator in his job, a great sportsman but boy he liked to have a good time. We will miss you mate but keep supporting those Rabbitohs.

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Patricia Hatfield published a tribute .

Bush dance NatMap Dandenong Office Sat 2nd July 1983 (a closer shot of Vicki and Joe)
Joe was a wonderful guy and we had so many fun times with him at National Mapping.
We will always remember Joe with a smile on his face.
Holding you close in our thoughts and sending our love to you Vicki, Dan, James and family.
Tricia and Andrew

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Patricia Hatfield published a tribute .

Bush dance NatMap Dandenong Office Sat 2nd July 1983

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Tom Zentai published a tribute .

I am shocked and deeply saddened at the news of Joe's passing. He was one of the first people I befriended when I arrived at the Regiment back in 1968.
From there on we worked together for many years in Bendigo and at NatMap. He was a good friend, always with a cheeky smile and a loveable personality. A wonderful bloke who I'll miss.

To Vickie and family, please accept my deepest sympathy and most sincere condolences. His passing leaves me with a very heavy heart.
Tom Zentai

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Lindsay published a comment .

1990's camping in the Watagans with Mcraes, Straneys and Smiths. Everyone checking out the leech on Megan's sock oh and the blood haha.

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Lindsay published a comment .

circa 1990's had a great time camping with Mcraes, Straneys and Smiths

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Frank Parsons published a tribute .

Joe's rabbitoh's sticker from 2012

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Frank Parsons published a tribute .

Joe receives notice his desk will be moved to the store room

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Phil Procter published a tribute .

Initial Army Survey Course at Bonnegilla, Vic, Nov 1966. Third from left, without the moustache!

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Peter Mansell published a comment .

Fond memories from the day. Left to right is Peter Mansell, John West, Joe McRae, I reckon that is Ray Lawson in the striped shirt in the doorway, the tall bloke in the foreground is Rod Gilbert with Bob Williams on his right. RIP Joe.

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Gary Petts published a tribute .

A true gentleman. I had the pleasure of meeting Joe during the 100th Corps Birthday celebrations in Bendigo in 2015, when we all shared a holiday house. Sorry to have not met him earlier or caught up with him since.

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Paul Wise published a tribute .

Paul Jolley (ACRES), Self (ACRES), Craig Smith (ACRES), Manning & McRae (AUSLIG) at some social at Fern Hill Park, possibly a Melbourne Cup Day lunch.
RIP friends : Smith & McRae

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Gil published a tribute .

In the Army - love this photo

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James Mcrae published a comment .

This is so good. Happy that we turned that beast of a monobrow into more of a moustache later in life!

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Topsy published a tribute .

A good joke shared with his sisters, Kate, Suzie and Gil. 2016

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A touch of the Scottish ancestry in this one. At the Highland Games 2007.

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Off to the Grand Final in Sydney late 60s

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Joe with his Quirindi Mates - Ronnie Walker, Ted Crawley, Joe, Stuart McHatten, ?. Taken at Hawker Street.

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Kate, Dad, Mum, Suzie and Joe at Cromarty Street, Quirindi

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Joe on leave and back in Quirindi

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Suzie, Gillian, Kate and Joe

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Gil published a tribute .

Bad haircut day from Suzie

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Joe with Gillian and Suzie in Cox Street Quirindi. Early 50s.

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Joe with Suzie & Gillian taken Aug 1950

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Phil Procter published a tribute .

Best man at my wedding in Feb 1969.

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Phil Procter published a tribute .

So many memories of a wonderful bloke; mates from those early years in The Royal Australian Army Survey Corps in 1966, National Mapping until 1972, then recent catchups from 2000 to 2019. One in a million. Glad to have met you Joe.

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Robert Squires published a tribute .

With deepest sympathy on the passing of Joe. We were at QHS together.
May he R I P.

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Kate Prosser published a comment .

Kate, Joe and the boys. Christmas 1999.

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Kate Prosser published a comment .

Joe and his 3 sisters at his 50th birthday celebration.
L to R Suzie, Joe, Gillian, Kate

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Kate Prosser published a comment .

Joe, James, Sam and Aunty Gillian

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Brian Adams published a tribute .

A lovely man and friend. Vale Bruce AKA Joe. Cheers from Bruce AKA Brian.

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