Obituary: Mary Excell OAM

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Obituary: Mary Excell OAM

Well-known and respected Tasmanian Catholic, Mrs Mary Excell OAM, passed into the hands of the Lord on 21 June this year.

An active and well-loved member of the Cathedral Parish in Hobart, Mrs Excell is remembered for her humour, wit and ‘ability to voice a strong opinion.’

Mrs Excell was born in Victoria, the eldest of eleven children. She moved to Tasmania in 1957 and is survived by her five children and a great many grandchildren. Her Husband Ron (deceased) was a former alderman of the Hobart City Council, and Mrs Excell was an active member of the City’s Networking for Harmony Committee and was instrumental in the Criterion House redevelopment as a longstanding member of the Catholic Women’s League (CWL). Mrs Excell was a dedicated and respected past president of the Hobart branch of the CWL for 20 years, and an enthusiastic contributor to the CWL’s craft shop.

The St Mary’s College community ‘warmly and gratefully’ remembered Mrs Excell’s ‘vast contribution to [the] College’, and the Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents Council (formerly the Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents and Friends Federation), fondly remembered the former life member for her decades of selfless volunteer work in Catholic Education.

“Mary’s continued promotion of parents as the first and primary educators of their children, combined with her role on the state council has positively influenced generations of parents, students and educators,” the Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents Council wrote in its bereavement notice.

Mrs Excell was also active in ecumenical circles, and in 2013 received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her service to the community. At the time of receiving her award, Mrs Excell said she felt ‘very, very honoured.’ Rest in Peace.