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VALE Chris Short - Old Bushy

Farewell to another Old Bushy. We note the passing in May last year of Chris Short who was School Captain in 1964. After leaving school Chris worked as an engineer but joined the Anglican priesthood in the 1970s being ordained in 1984. He was rector of St Johns in Bega for many years.
Follow the link below to see more about this Bushy Boy:

http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/1492039/bega-valley-bids-farewell-to-chris-short/

A message from one of his peers:

Chris Short was one of those people you meet at school who you never forget.

I was just a callow army cadet when I first came into contact with him. He was an imposing Company Sergeant Major having passed first in the state in his Senior NCO Course at Singleton Army Camp. Chris, a state school lad, had eclipsed the "stars" from the GPS schools on the course much to chagrin, it was reported, of the course's commanding officer. The army authorities learned their lesson from that experience and he passed "only" equal first in his CUOs course a year later

You can see in the school magazine photograph of the Corps in 1963 how much taller and well set up than his peers he was - he even dwarfs Lt Hennessey. However it was not through his height or the width of his shoulders or the volume of his commands on the parade ground that he imposed his will rather it was his charisma (in the best possible sense of that much abused word). He possessed it (and charm) in bucket loads. You could not help but like him. And his kindnesses and thoughtfulness in his dealings with boys younger than him were manifold. If they struggled with which leg their left foot was attached to or un-jamming the bren gun or the blanco on their webbing was drying streaky and their platoon NCOs were screaming at them in frustration, Chris would come by and quietly and patiently help the struggler on his way. On overnight exercises at  the annual camp in May in icy Singleton it was Chris who came round and made sure that the little boy soldiers hadn't frozen solid in their fox holes and had had the opportunity to get a warm drink.

Likewise he was the most decent and self-effacing school captain I have ever seen in action - never too proud of his exalted position in the school community to offer quiet guidance and advice to both his peers in the senior years and the silliest of first years.

I am sure that had he become a politician or a military officer his subordinates would have followed him through thick and thin and he would have had a glittering career. That he chose to become an Anglican priest in his thirties and give practical vent to his beliefs as an ordained minister from 1984 firstly in the ACT and from 2001 in a small country town, Bega, for ten years, passing up numerous offers of preferment to greater church office speaks volumes of his character and qualities.

The world is a poorer place for his passing.

- Albatross