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16 comments on “Francis Dando”

  1. I was always consider a bit of a dunce at school but Frank encouraged me to attempt a university course which changed my life.
    I recently retired as a University Professor.
    My judo contact with Frank not only changed my life -it opened up a new life.
    I will always be eternally grateful for knowing Frank.
    Until we meet again.

  2. I have just heard about Frank dying. I am very sad to have missed his funeral. I am a child psychiatrist and have worked with Frank since his judo days and then at his school. I believe he has saved many boys lives and also saved their families from ongoing trauma and distress. He has provided an approach which was able to reach children unable to respond to regular treatments and therapy. I hope his school is able to continue his legacy.

  3. Good memories of working with Frank at Clayton Tech in the late 1970s. His influence in education and judo will live on. Vale Frank. Christine Toose

  4. Frank was insightful and an inspiration for me. I am grateful that he and judo were a big part of my early life.

    I have fond memories of starting judo in 1971 the year of my HSC and recalling Frank’s words of wisdom. I am so pleased that I was able catch up with him in 2020.

    An amazing man

  5. RIP Mr Frank Dando. Thankyou for what you did for my son Corey. You changed the course of his life, his thinking and his self image. I will forever be grateful. The philosophy behind FDSA is wonderful. Your vision for boys and their mental health was spot on. The basics that provide a solid foundation, a sense of purpose & strength – physical & mental – if there were more schools modelled like this the world would be a better place. Condolences to the family. Tania Thorburn

  6. Beautiful ceremony for a man that influenced and helped so many , condolences to the family. Forever grateful and will be missed but not forgotten, RIP Frank, Goodbye Sensei

    David Rea

  7. Frank was and remains a terrific man and mentor. Very grateful for all he did for my family. Grateful to have known him, Ev and the FD family. Sincere condolences to all. Steve Carey and family

  8. We did a lot of skiing with Frank and Evelyn…… Frank did disappear at times and we were left hoping he would find a way back to base. Which he did at the last moment of visibility!!
    Such memories of a well loved Champion of a Super Special School and friend.

    Love from Ross & Carolyn

  9. Mike Milton says:
    Yes I remember Mr Dando well. Arriving on his motor bike each day. Very trendy. I believe he was my Grade 4 Teacher in 1954 at Derr Park Primary School. I also remember his famous strap. Larry Float and I collected it one day. Thought we got out of it with a visit to the headmaster Mr Cox but no, 6 of the best.
    Definitely brought tears to both of us when we experienced same.
    Saw him and all about his school many years later. Seems he had a very successful career and life.
    Vale Mr Dando… Michael (Mike) Milton

  10. Mr Dando,
    How do I begin to thank you for providing me with the sweetest childhood memories at both Ashwood and at Mandalay, Daylesford.
    You were always larger than life,and had a real presence in this world.
    Your work is done…sleep peacefully.
    My complete thanks,
    Kirsten Stusrt

  11. Remember Mr Dando as a terrifically interesting teacher back at Deer Park State School in the early 1950s ( maybe 1952). We loved the way he rocked back and forwards on his groovy navy blue suede shoes with thick rubber soles. He came to one of our reunions at the Deer Park Club when we were all ageing adults. Vale Frank… Fay Jackson

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