Vale Barney McCabe

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Vale Barney McCabe

 

The recent passing of one of Federal Golf Clubs longest serving members and former Captains, Barney McCabe brings to a close a career worthy of due recognition. The club would like to express it’s deepest condolences to the family of one of the club’s most popular and admired members. 

 

Barney, aged 91 was an affable character who had the distinction of being club Captain in 1961, winner of the Federal Open Amateur Championship in 1960 and joint winner of the Foursomes Championship in 1956.

 

He is one of the few to have achieved 60 years membership joining in 1951 and then rejoining after a period serving overseas with the Department of Foreign Affairs. The Club observed his passing by flying the flag at half-mast and displaying a photograph of Barney with President, Alan Stewart.

 

Barney remembered serving in Indonesia where the Australian Ambassador would regularly invite him to use his diplomatic skills by joining him for a round of golf. His golfing prowess was such that in 1965 Barney won the West Java Amateur Championship, the Indonesian Mixed Foursomes and the following year, the  Indonesian Championship.

 

His wife Melinda says Barney loved his golf with his collection of trophies numbering close to 100.

 

Barney served as Senior Administrator for the Department of Foreign Affairs, listing amongst his achievements the honour of opening the Australian office in Taiwan. During the Korean War he also served in Japan.

 

Barney also spent time in China where Melinda says he turned his attention to tennis. In his younger years he played

Australian rules football for Ainslie, often on a Saturday afternoon after a round of golf.

 

Barney also recalled a round of golf at Federal played at first light, all four dressed in dinner suits after a lengthy annual dinner.

 

Another long serving member at Federal and a former Vice President, Gordon Shannon remembers Barney fondly as friendly, honest and cheery, always  happy to say hello.  Gordon says he cannot think of anyone deserving greater respect than Barney and his wife who have raised their grandchildren following the death of their daughter,

 

More recently Barney was a contributor to a revised edition of the Federal Golf Club Story 1933-2011. Limited copies of the book are available through the front office.

 

With thanks to Graham World, Allan Stewart & Gordon Shannon for helping with this post. Barney will be long remembered.

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