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Vale Betty McClafferty


In 2006, at the age of 77, Betty was one of the original members of the steering committee who came together to spend two years fundraising to establish a Bendigo Bank Community Bank in Seddon. With a history in bookkeeping, her original role was to manage the weekly pledge balances.

When the bank was officially established in 2008, Betty became an inaugural Director. She remained on the Board until the first Shareholder dividend was paid in 2012 and retired at the age of 83. Betty continued to support the bank as a Shareholder and endeavoured never to miss an AGM.

While a passionate Seddon community member, Betty’s passion also extended to a lifelong love of Judo. At the age of 93, she was a San Dan (3rd Degree Black Belt).

She was an active member and instructor of both Moonee Ponds and Newport Judo club for many years until she could no longer participate due to an extremely uncommon break in her right leg that refused to completely repair.

Betty was a valued and loved member of the Seddon community, Community Bank Seddon and the Newport Judo Club. She passed away on Tuesday 31st May at the age of 93 and will be dearly missed.

The staff and board of Community Bank Seddon offer our condolences to Betty’s family and are pleased to announce a Judo scholarship to be created in her name.

It’s community pioneers like Betty who shape the community bank network and we are all the better for knowing her.