[Article 8772]Vale Tom “Wishbone” DONNELLY


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Tom Donnelly with Peter Ford at the 2011 Pratten Park Magpies Reunion.




We have been informed of the recent death of Tom DONNELLY known to all as “Wishbone”.

He was 94.

Wishbones funeral was held on

Monday 7th January 2019.

Nathan Cole was at the funeral and his report is below.

Approximately 50 people attended Wishbone’s Funeral, held at Ballina on Monday 7 January.

Pratten Park Magpies Members Jim Cody, Ray McNeilly, Pat Hundy, Greg Hodge, George Ghosn, Con Theodossiou and Myself attended and joined Family & Friends for light refreshments afterwards.

 The Service had a very strong Magpie connection as you would expect. I have attached the Welcome Screen for your information. The service opened with a beautiful rendition of ‘Danny Boy’ and concluded with ‘We are the Boys from Western Suburbs’.

 R.I.P. Wishy.




Tom served the Wests Magpies in a wide range of functions in particular during the Lidcombe era.


He had, until the last few years, traveled to Annual Reunions by public transport from his home at Wollongbar near Lismore.




During Toms funeral a few photos were shown featuring events in his life.

Strangely enough most involved Wests….Enjoy.

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Wishbone and Noel Dolton.

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L to R  Ray McNeilly, Wishy, Bruce Olive, Jack Somerfield and Pat Thomas.

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L to R  Wishy, Ben Fisher, Barry Bryant and Kevin Brown.

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Ray McNeilly, Jim Cody and Wishy.

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Joy McNeilly, Wishy, Ray McNeilly and Pat Donnelly.

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