ACTVETS club president, Alex O’Shea, died suddenly on 10 May 2016.

Alex became the ACTVETS club president in February 2014 and he immediately made an impact, taking on issues that were beginning to cause concern to the members of the club and committee. He worked tirelessly for the members on insurance policies, proposed changes to Stromlo Forest Park, major races and participating in the Bicycling Advisory Group meetings with ACT Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS).

Alex was enthusiastic to say the least being involved in those things that he felt mattered most to the safety and welfare of cyclists and in particular our members. We will all have our own memories of Alex and we know that he will be missed by many of our members. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this most difficult time,alex_oshea

Phill Coulton

Vale Alex. He figured prominently in my first-ever race with the Vets, and gave me a great welcome to the club. A tough competitor in the race, and warm and generous at the end.

Adrian Rollins

Alex had an approachable smile, a welcoming personality and an encouraging spirit. He loved his racing and showed a commitment to the club and fellow riders. I liked the words of support he gave to new and returning cyclists, and that he was a familiar face before and after races.

Henry Thomson, 299

I am an ex-Canberra cyclist who now lives in Victoria but knew Alex and was very saddened to hear his passing, please send my condolences to his family and to his many friends, his is a great loss to the club.

Gordon McMenemy

I was this week working away from home (Dampier WA) As usual I talk to my wife in the evenings, so asked where was the race this weekend and this how I received the sad news about Alex. It was quite a shock as I had talk to him at Gunning.

The thought of someone who was well just a few days ago not being alive is so hard to accept. I feel for his family. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

My memory of Alex O’Shea is of a great guy, a cycling enthusiast, a knowledgably cyclist, his friendliness and personality will be surly missed.

Alex Sommariva


Pretty much every memory of Alex is a good one for me. He certainly enhanced my life. Especially during our trip to France a few years back Alex seemed indestructible, from surfing to cycling. I am shocked like so many that we have lost him.

Allan Bontjer

I just wanted to express my sincere condolences to all at ACT Vets with the sudden passing of Alex O’Shea.

I also wanted to offer assistance from Cycling ACT to the ACT Vets while you are in the process of appointing a new President. Alex and I had been liaising recently in relation to the proposed amendments to the SFP Master Plan. I am actively liaising with the ACT Government following its release of the “final” revised Master Plan and I would be happy to pass on any information I obtain from this process to the ACT Vets as I know you all have a keen interest in the SFP facility. Let me know if you would like me to liaise with anyone in particular within the ACT Vets in relation to this.

Kind regards,
Lisa Keeling
President, Cycling ACT