NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has described Sydney Catholic priest, Father Tyson Doneley as an extraordinary man "once met, never forgotten", reports the Local Southern Courier.
Father Doneley, who has been awarded an Order of Australia for his services to Catholic education, was ordained in 1946, before spending 60 years in education.
During that time he taught three future Premiers; Mr O'Farrell, former NSW Premier John Fahey and former Queensland Premier Mike Aherd.
Mr O'Farrell said Fr Doneley could engage with a child from the moment he met them.
"Tyson developed a whole person, not a single element," he said. "That is one the joys of being a teacher, the impact you have on people's lives, and Tyson should take great satisfaction in the results of his profession."
Mr O'Farrell said not only was Fr Doneley academically "very bright" he was "equally at home on the sports ground".
Fr Doneley taught in India, Japan, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea. In Australia he was headmaster of St John's College, Darwin and Chevalier College, Bowral and director of sport at Downlands College Toowoomba.
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