Vale Ken Tribe AC: Chairman 1985–2003, Patron 2003–10

Died 16 July 2010, aged 96 years

Ken Tribe was the inaugural Chairman of the William Fletcher Trust in 1985 and guided us wisely for 20 years. He became our patron when we incorporated as the William Fletcher Foundation in 2006.

He represented us at many ceremonies in NSW fine arts faculties, where grants and certificates were handed to the talented and needy tertiary art students whom we supported.

Ken attended our latest AGM in February 2010, where plans for a new travelling fellowship to the British School at Rome were outlined and he saw this as a wonderful step in the future of this charity, which he had helped to found.

We value his contribution and consider him a personal friend; our founder Mr Trevor Andersen lunched with him frequently. We remember not only his excellent advice and guidance, but also his cheery personality, which helped make meetings and social occasions such a pleasure.

Ken’s death notice

TRIBE, Kenneth Wilberforce AC. Passed away peacefully after a short illness on July 16, 2010. Loving husband of Joan (deceased) and also of Alice and Nancy (both deceased).

Loved father and father-in-law of Graham & Judy, Elizabeth & Lloyd, Douglas & Pam and Caroline & Doug. Devoted grandfather to Matthew, Naomi, Kate, Jessica, Rachel, Alexia, Madeleine and Dominique. Proud great-grand-father to Zoe. Fond brother to Rita and Phyllis (Fizz).

Aged 96.

A fine lawyer, an excellent chair, a person of wise counsel and a good friend to many, whose contribution to property development, education, the deaf community, medical research and the arts, especially music, in this country will be long remembered.

A Celebration of KEN’S life will be organised shortly and the details published in this paper.*

The family wishes to express their thanks to all the doctors and nurses at the SAN (Sydney Adventist Hospital) who looked after Dad in his illness and treated him, and us, with such dignity and care.

Sydney Morning Herald

(*Sunday 8th August, 2010, 5.30pm Sydney Recital Hall, Angel Place)

See also this charming tribute by Leta Keens in the Arts pages of the Australian, headed “Lawyer succumbed to the siren call of music”.

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