Arch-McKIRDY-Obituary

Arch McKIRDY

Sydney, New South Wales

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Arch McKirdy89 yearsResting peacefullyBeloved husband to Margaret (Moggy). Loving father to Megan, Grant, Mark and John. Loved by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Simplicity Funerals

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I remember watching Unncle Mac on Land of Make Believe on Satrday mornings.
Rest in peace and thank you for my wonderful childhood memories

I first started working with Arch as a 16 year old panel operator at 2UW in 1957. I used to spin his discs for "Relax with Me" and "Starlight Serenade".Arch became my musical mentor. Not only did he broaden my musical horizons, but taught me to love the music he played. This love of music stood me in good stead later in my carrer when programming music radio stations. The last time I saw Arch was at a reception for Acker Bilk at the Chevron in Sydney in the mid seventies....

All of us play a part in history. Most have a passive role as history happens around us. Some of us play an active, although peripheral part. But only a few make history. Arch McKirdy made history. As popular music changed its speed through the late 50's and early 60's from a declining 78rpm 3-minute cycle with Guy Mitchell, Doris Day and Marty Robbins to the 45rpm Top 40 with Elvis, The Beatles and the Stones, Arch was an intelligent, eloquent and elegant champion of 33rpm album jazz and...

Thank you all for remembering Arch. Our 51 years together were filled with music and much laughter and warmth.

I remember Arch from his 2UW days and I was a star struck 15 year old. I loved him singing "Autumn Leaves" and I had a huge crush on him. I have never forgotten him.

Liz Hatcher

go well Arch, loved working with you and Moggy on the garden. My thoughts with those you've left behind. Cheers ROB

I learned so much from Arch, and remember how much he cared about what he was doing. I enjoyed every moment of my voice lessons with him at SBS radio. Not only for what he taught me, but for being in his company. He was warm, compassionate, funny and so encouraging. All my worries would melt away in those sessions. He was a generous mentor. I will miss you Arch, and won't forget you.

Vale Arch, the consummate broadcaster, trainer and all-round genuine good bloke.

As a former ABC broadcaster in Tasmania and Queensland I crossed paths with Arch on several occasions over many years.

His passion for communication and good broadcasting was infectious. Very many of us benefitted greatly from his experience and generosity.

He was and remains a legend in broadcasting.

Dear Margo , Megan and family,

It's been a long time since we've seen each other but we wanted you to know we share your loss.

Our thoughts. are with you.

Gèorge and Carole Crowley (9999 3676).