2019-08-07 AUSTRALIA

Coman Sykes

In the second half of his life, Coman had a number of cardiac issues but this rarely slowed him down.  Even when he moved to St Gregory’s College at Campbelltown in 2003, he led a full life up until a few months ago.

More recently it was clear that there were significant health issues associated with his heart and his age also played a part.  He became increasingly frail.  While it was clear that his life had reached its final stages, there was no immediate concern when he went to bed last evening.  He died peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning (September 20) between 5.30am and 7.30am when he was discovered.

At the time of his death, Coman was 85 years of age and in the 67th year of his religious life.

Family Details:

Date of Birth: May 5, 1928.
Place of Birth: Goulburn NSW, Australia.

Schooling and Initial Formation:

· School Attended: St Gregory’s College, Campbelltown.

· Postulancy: January 26, 1947 – July 1, 1947.

· Novitiate:  July 2, 1947 – July 1, 1948.


·  First Vows: July 2, 1948: At Mittagong to Br Placidus Redden.

· Perpetual Vows: January 23, 1954:  At Mittagong to Br Hilary Conroy.

Ongoing Education and Formation:

Following a one year scholasticate, Coman was appointed to the Boys Home at Westmead.  From there he was appointed Superior and Principal of St Gregory’s College in 1957 at the age of 28.  He was engaged in ministry for the rest of his life.  The only break was a year of renewal in Rome in 1977.

Community and Ministry Appointments.

Principal for eleven years, Superior for twenty three years, his appointments also included being the Recruiter and the Master of Postulants.  Coman fully engaged with the Brothers and the young people where ever he was.  Even in these last years, in his eighties, he worked with Br Luke on the Province Farm and helped with the establishment of a commercial nursery that was of financial assistance to the College.

The Goyo of Champagnat with the sleeves rolled up also captures Co.  An amazing man and a wonderful Marist.  May he rest in peace.

Br Anthony Robinson – Province Secretary


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