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Ralph McLean

Funeral Details

3:00 PM
Thursday 30th December 2010 at La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday St, Carlton, VIC

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0412 363 699
The wake will follow at the Union Club Hotel, 164 Gore St, Fitzroy


26 March 1957 - 25 December 2010

Vale to a truly free and loving spirit
  • Broadcaster, producer - Yartz @ Channel 31
  • Former Mayor of Fitzroy
  • Health planner & administrator
  • Former executive director of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations
  • One of La Mama Theatre's "most beloved sons" - recently given the La Mama "Apricot Tree Award" for continuous contributions and unswerving loyalty to the La Mama community


Alister MacDonald

July 25th, 2012 at 12:37 pm (edited)

I am a cousin of Ralf McLean and was very sorry to learn of his passing, and was very moved by your tribute. My mother is the sister of Ralf’s father Ian McLean, and I am wondering if you know the contact details for Ralph’s brother Bruce (Donald Bruce McLean) or sister Margaret? My father Murray has just died this morning and I would like to contact Bruce if possible. I appreciate your help and assistance. Thanks in advance... [email admin@thelastpost.com.au if you can help]

Angela Bradley

April 13th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Ralph was a dear friend and great boss at the Rural Health Services Unit. We had so many laughs as we drove through rural Victoria (Ralph refused to fly!)watched sun sets and shared life stories. I will miss you Ralph

John Anderson

February 15th, 2011 at 3:04 pm

A great supporter of so many interests and communities. So many of us will always be indebted to you for the support early in our health services management careers and for sharing your passion for rural health. The number of funny stories you remember about a person are a mark of great character (& Ralph had so much character!). We'll miss you mate.

Chris Sloane

January 17th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Thank you dear man for your direction in my early 20's and showing me a pathway to try and make this place a little bit better for all of us. Have one waiting for me mate!!

Ivan Motley

January 10th, 2011 at 11:23 am

Ralph packed in the equivalent several 'regular' lives in his short time - which is indicative of the nature of the bloke. Thanks for the rants, the laughs and the opportunities Ralph.

Chris Boyle

January 7th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Ralph was the funniest and brightest star for those privileged enough to be in his circle of friends. I was so sorry to have missed his send off and will always remember great times in his company. We laughed our heads off through many a late night and will miss him with all my heart. Love you Ralph.


January 7th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Those who appreciated Michael Ward's powerful words read at Ralph's funeral might like to pay tribute to Michael himself at: http://www.thelastpost.com.au/MichaelFrancis-Ward-Tribute

Liz Callaghan

January 6th, 2011 at 11:33 am

Ralph was an inspiration to work with, he was a cutting-edge innovator in rural health in Victoria in the mid to late 90's. I will never forget his laugh, sparkling eyes, dulcit tones and most importantly his generous and kind spirit. He taught me how to write lists...

Jeanti St Clair

January 5th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

During 1990s, Ralph was a theatre reviewer on Triple R arts program called Boxcar, which I produced and presented. We shared much camaraderie, many laughs, drinks and nights at the theatre. In 2003, I had the pleasure to do a few spots on the Yartz program with Ralph. I'll always look back fondly on my adventures with him.

Laurie Bebbington

January 4th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Ralph was an early and brave campaigner for gay rights. Sincere, loyal and a man of integrity. Good sense of humour, too! Went too soon.

Warren Talbot

January 4th, 2011 at 10:42 am

As another Fitzroy gay ALP Councillor at the same time as Ralph, we frequently started the day at 7 am, plotting and plannign our way through the minutae of local government. I always valued his energy and commitment - later on, through various health department committees, even though he was the Victorian rep bagghing me and the Commonwealth! I will miss a true friend,

Airlie Worrall

January 1st, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Victoria has lost an innovative social thinker and tireless worker for difficult causes, Fitzroy's lost a long time resident and its biggest fan, Ive lost a friend and neighbour. You did good Ralph.

Tony Valvo

January 1st, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Sad to hear of Ralph's passing. Former co-board member on both C31 and Bent-TV.

Deb Fullwood

December 31st, 2010 at 3:03 pm

A wise soul with a mischievous mind - how much better the world is for the footprint of Ralph

Mike Zafiropoulos

December 31st, 2010 at 12:41 pm

The Board and the whole C31 community are saddenedwith Ralph's early departure. I had a lot in common with Ralph, having followed him as mayor of Fitzroy and currently as chair of the C31 Board. We also shared a stong interest in community affairs and health administration. May he rest in peace.


December 31st, 2010 at 11:15 am

ah, ralph :) how i will miss you. thank you for your encouragement. you helped me to come out as a tv presenter. love from me and avia, always xx

Jim Mitchell

December 31st, 2010 at 8:44 am

Questing, exuberant, and intelligent. Our friend. In 1978, he served on the staff of the University Assembly of the University of Melbourne.

Andrejs Zamurs

December 30th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

A loyal, generous and good-humoured soul - we had some very funny and very good times, whilst keeping our eyes on doing some good. Vale buddy!

Bill O'Loughlin

December 30th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Goodbye Ralph - you packed so much into life and seemed to know everyone...and all about them... thanks for the friendship. bye. Bill

Paul Carrick

December 30th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Ralph - still reemember when we met for the first time at Jimmy Watsons during inaugural CALPS conference in 1977 or thereabouts. We were always comrades but remained friends.

Gamini Fonseka JP

December 30th, 2010 at 8:20 am (edited)

We lost a great media personal and a community leader. May he rest in peace.

John Worcester

December 30th, 2010 at 12:15 am

This news comes as a shock and Ralph's loss is highly regretted. Ralph and I worked closely as a team at Channel 31, Ralph as Board Chairman and myself as President, for a period of four years during which we somehow managed to oversee a tottering enterprise gain its permanent licence and become remarkably self-sufficient. A lovely man, Ralph, and always a pleasure to work with. We found we shared many things over our pasta lunches in Richmond.


December 29th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Ralph, an incredible friend, talented and just so amazingly supportive and true - his passion for life and the arts made for many a grand time. His friendship has been a true highlight in my life.

Lou Robson

December 29th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

That force of nature Ralph McLean was a colleague and a friend from early days in Melbourne. Funny, wicked, witty, pointed, thoughtful and a man with a great purpose, he will be much missed. Can't be there for the send-off but I hope you will all make it an occasion Ralph would be proud of.

John Davey

December 29th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

An amazing supporter of the arts in Melbourne, and a great, innovative broadcaster - what a loss...

Frank Wilson

December 29th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Ralph so sorry we never got to repair our friendship ... now I can never tell you what a great person I have always thought you are.

graeme stephen

December 29th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

...30 years of close friendship will never be replaced..we laughed, we cried, we taunted..you will never disappear..

Peter Craighead

December 29th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

An honorable man and friend of rural health who helped to establish the sustainability of small rural health services in Victoria we will not forget his contribution farewell my friend

Andy Bell

December 29th, 2010 at 11:37 am

An astonishing force who had time to help this floundering soul not only find his feet in Melbourne, but insist that he did so. He said you should always ask: "Is it fun ? And is it doable ? It was fun and much was done - a life of substance. Never dull, much missed, but never forgotten.

Craig Kenny

December 29th, 2010 at 10:46 am

Councillors and staff of Yarra City Council are saddened by the passing of Ralph McLean, a former Mayor of the City of Fitzroy (1984). Ralph remained an active citizen with an absolute commitment to working for the arts and broader community interests since leaving Council. As a mark of respect flags will be flown at half mast at Fitzroy Town Hall, Collingwood Town Hall and Richmond Town Hall on 30 December 2010. Craig Kenny A/CEO Yarra City Council

Carmel Boyce

December 28th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Ralph was always the most fabulous gentleman. Laterly as his theatre handbag, he swanned and pontificated while i frocked to add style. His wicked wit and perceptive tongue always best giggled over a plate of pasta. After knowing him since sharing houses in Carlton I've loved Ralph's gentle perceptive ways. May he find an even bigger stage to play on.

Terry Laidler

December 28th, 2010 at 6:23 pm

A truly good man - funny, committed, passionate, enigmatic. I will remember his practical and urbane support at difficult moments in my life. Our loss is deep.

Phil Carswell

December 28th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

From the first President of the Victorian AIDS Council, I would like to place on record my love and sadness at the passing of this wonderful man. He used his talents and skills for the good of his community in the very early days when it was hardest. I will miss Ralph and his incisive wit and humour. Rest easy old mate.

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