McADAM, Selwyn

Born on October 25, 1927. Passed away on October 11, 2021.

Much loved father of David, Wendy and Leigh. Husband of Irene (dec). Brother to Claire. Father in Law to Cathy, Richard and Rachel. Grandfather to Erin, Thomas, Elizabeth, Annabelle, George, Isaac and Samuel. Recent Great Grandfather to Madeline. Friend to Ronald, Rodney, Vicki and their partners and family. His presence brightened the room. His hard work and generosity provided the base and inspiration for us to look up to. Many years of community service, including to the Colac Lawn Tennis Club and Colac Bowling Club.

A tennis serve that had to be seen to be believed. Probably the worst left handed swing even seen at the Colac Golf Club. His lawn bowling prowess was exceeded only by his clubmanship and the ability to demolish cream cakes.

We are grateful to have spent time with you.

Funeral Notice

Service: Wednesday December 1, 2021

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mr. Selwyn McAdam will be held at the Colac Lake Bowling Club, Armstrong Street, Colac on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 commencing at 2:30 p.m.

Please contact the family directly with any queries – [email protected]

38 tributes Leave your tribute

  1. Leigh & extended Family. I am saddened to hear of your Fathers passing. Always enjoyed a chat with him. He had a great personality.
    Take care.
    Theresa Milverton & Family.

    Theresa Milverton October 12 2021 3:04 pm
  2. Deepest sympathy to all of Selwyn’s family and
    friends. Also thinking of Claire. So many wonderful
    memories of happy times and chats over many
    years! Love Glenda (Ken dec) Mark, John, Narelle and
    Darren Robb and families)

    Glenda Robb October 12 2021 3:51 pm
  3. To David , Wendy ,Leigh and families , deepest sympathy on the passing of Selwyn, thinking of you all ,
    Joy & Tony Cirillo

    Joy Cirillo October 12 2021 4:12 pm
  4. Our great neighbor will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to the family. May God bless you in this time of grief.

    David & Glenda Stanislaw October 12 2021 5:14 pm
  5. Our heartfelt sympathy to David and Cathy, Wendy and Richard, Leigh and Rachel and all the families, and also to Clare on the sad passing of Selwyn. He was a true gentleman and a great friend over many years.
    Love Fred and Fay Lynch and family.

    Joanne Lynch October 12 2021 5:28 pm
  6. Our sympathies to David Wendy Leigh and families at the passing of Selwyn.Fond memories of days gone by
    Love Neville and Pam Robb and families

    Pam Robb October 12 2021 6:51 pm
  7. Deepest sympathy to Selwyn’s family frank loved a chat and playing pool with Selwyn he had a great sense of humour joan Lawrence and family

    Joan lawrence October 12 2021 7:10 pm
  8. To David, Wendy, Leigh and families. Claire and family. Thinking of you all at this sad time. I will always remember Selwyn with a big smile and a friendly greeting. He has left you all with many special memories. RIP Selwyn. Love Yvonne, Geoff Tanis and family.

    Yvonne Tanis October 12 2021 7:35 pm
  9. To David, Wendy, Leigh and families, Deepest sympathy on the passing of Selwyn. Thinking of you all at this sad time. My mother was a long time customer of McAdams Butchers and I later became an employee. He was a great boss to work for and a kind and generous man.
    love to all Annette Smith (nee Harrowfield) .

    Annette Smith October 12 2021 8:30 pm
  10. A true gentlemen a man who always greeted you with a smile and a chat. You will be dearly missed at the Bowling club Selwyn. Rest peacefully x. All my sympathy to Selwyns family.

    Jane Donovan October 13 2021 7:27 am
  11. Deepest sympathy to the McAdam family on the sad passing of Selwyn. A true gentleman who will be missed by all who knew him.

    Ed and Gail Riches

    Edward Riches October 13 2021 8:41 am
  12. Selwyn was a one of a kind. When I started lawn bowls he always kept an eye out for me. He use to say the best thing about bowls is the people you meet and the fun you have, the other part about winning is just a bonus. He had a way of making everyone feel special both old and young. My Dad (Tony Mckay) loved Selwyn and speaks so highly of him. His smile and laugh were infectious and will be very sadly missed around the Colac Bowls Club.

    Tony & Anthony Mckay.

    Anthony McKay October 13 2021 9:09 am
  13. Deepest sympathy to the McAdam family , l have lovely memories as a young girl going into the Murray St butcher shop. Selwyn always had a smile and made time to talk to everyone.
    Jeanette Brumby (Brunt)

    JEANETTE BRUMBY October 13 2021 9:39 am
  14. Deepest Condolences to all the Family
    Many Memories of chatter & laughter
    with a cuppa at morning teatime at the club over the yrs
    Rest Peacefully Selwyn
    Heavens Garden will be perfect with you in charge
    Majella & Family 🌹

    Majella Brown October 13 2021 10:06 am
  15. So sad to hear of Selwyns death.A great friend who will be sadly missed.Lots of good times with you and Irene staying at Oxley Cove Port Macquarie.Bowls, Cards and Barbeques.An absolute gentleman who will be sadly missed but never forgotten.Deepest sympathy to his family. Stewart and Dot Reid.

    Liz Platt October 13 2021 11:41 am
  16. Coming to the Colac Bowling Club I was very fortunate to meet some great people and one of those was Silver “Selwyn” We played together in the Long Week End Tournament at the club along with Fred and Peter for many years and the highlight was the buffet lunch that our ladies put on Silver always said you cannot run a engine without fuel and he made sure he was fuelled up . His work around the club was simply outstanding never looking for thanks he just loved helping and meeting people , we are very fortunate to had people like Silver in our lives and he will not be forgotten . Sympathy’s to the McAdam family
    Jeff + Mav Turner

    Jeff Turner October 13 2021 1:09 pm
  17. Deepest sympathy to the McAdam family on the passing of Mr McAdam.
    Lots of great childhood memories from Ligar St and the butcher shop.
    We would always have great chats about footy and he would always rib me on
    barracking for Collingwood.

    Lynda McCarthy

    Lynda McCarthy October 13 2021 1:38 pm
  18. Deepest sympathy to David and Cathy, Wendy and Richard, Leigh and Rachel and families on the passing of your father Selwyn. Dearly loved twin brother of Claire (Sis) and uncle to Gavin and Elena, Ian and Julie, Janine and Gary and families. Many happy memories to treasure.

    Julie Trigg October 13 2021 8:00 pm
  19. We are left with many wonderful memories of our time spent with Selwyn over the past twenty-five years. He was a devoted husband to our mum and brought her much joy – for this we will be forever grateful. RIP.
    The Angus Family

    Ron Angus October 13 2021 8:07 pm
  20. Deepest Sympathy to you David, Wendy , Leigh and families, so sad to hear of the loss of your Dad, have loving and fantastic memories of Sel, both at home and in Lorne
    Sending big love and million hugs to you all
    Geraldine (Gerri) & Keith (dec) Ballina
    Rachel & Nicholas

    Gerri Taylor October 13 2021 9:21 pm
  21. Deepest sympathy to the Mc Adam family at this sad time. Our memories go back over 60 years of times spent as team mates, opponents and above all, mates on the tennis court and bowling green. Also the times spent at Port Macquarie during those winter breaks will always be fondly remembered . One of nature’s gentlemen at rest. Nola and Alan Gray.

    Alan Gray October 14 2021 1:15 pm
  22. Our love to David, Wendy, Leigh and families.
    What wonderful times we shared. We will remember him as a happy, cheeky and loveable man. May your precious memories live in your hearts always.
    Take care.
    Sandra and Stephen Lawrence and family

    Sandra Lawrence October 14 2021 2:46 pm
  23. Sending our sympathy to Selwyn’s family. It was always a pleasure to play bowls against Selwyn or just catch up for a chat. A wonderful member of the Colac Lake club for many years. R.I.P Selwyn.

    Ken and Coral Hanson

    Ken Hanson October 14 2021 3:44 pm
  24. What an amazing man
    Always a smile, always ready for a chat
    An absolute gentleman
    Selwyn you will be sadly missed by all at Barongarook Gardens
    Our hearts are truly broken
    Fly With The Angels Selwyn

    Pamela Bamford October 14 2021 10:40 pm
  25. Deepest Sympathy to Selwyn’s Family,
    he made me so welcome at the Colac Bowling Club & we played together in those early days, always encouraging & a respectful player. We had many chats about bowls & solved a lot of problems. Many happy memories we have shared. Rest peacefully Selwyn.
    A life member of the Colac Bowls Club.
    Barbara & Ron Dillon.

    Barbara Dillon October 15 2021 3:24 pm
  26. Deepest sympathy to the McAdam family on the sad passing of Selwyn. He was a true gentleman who always had a smile.
    Rest In Peace
    Nicole, Wes, Alby and Cody

    Nicole Lynch October 15 2021 8:52 pm
  27. To the McAdam family my deepest condolences.
    Kindest regards Brenda Mckenzie Coxall

    Brenda October 16 2021 11:46 pm
  28. We have great memories of Selwyn – always with a twinkle in his eye and a good story to tell.
    He was one of a special generation who are sadly being lost with time.
    Sincere sympathy to his family and Claire.
    From Jan and Laurie Shaw.

    Jan Shaw October 17 2021 8:43 am
  29. To Claire, David, Wendy, Leigh and families. So sorry to hear the news of Selwyn’s death. What an innings. As a partner in the family business with my father Ken McAdam he was a constant and positive presence in our earlier days. My love, thoughts and sympathy to you all. From cousin Rob in Canberra.

    Robyn McAdam October 17 2021 11:12 am
  30. Dear Leigh and your family, our sincerest condolences on the sad passing of your beautiful dad! He was an absolutely wonderful friend of our dad Colin while at Barongarook Gardens nursing home! Mates together again. Kindest regards, Annie & Karyn and families.

    Annie Edwards October 17 2021 11:31 am
  31. Our condolences to Selwyn’s family. A true gentleman who was always friendly and up for a chat. May he Rest In Peace.
    Bernie (dec) and Mary McGrath and Tim & Helen Gibson

    Helen Gibson October 17 2021 10:08 pm
  32. My deepest sympathy to Claire, David, Wendy, Leigh and families. Many happy memories of Selwyn in Colac and Lorne. A great friend and business partner to my Dad Ken . Always smiling. With love Danny Stonehouse (McAdam) and family.

    Danny Stonehouse October 18 2021 7:38 am
  33. Our deepest sympathy to all Selwyns family
    “Just enjoy the Game “
    Wise words from a wise man
    A respected gentlemen who always greeted you with a big smile
    RIP Selwyn

    Phil + Deb Neale

    Phil Neale October 18 2021 4:12 pm
  34. To the McAdam family, deepest of sympathies on the passing of Selwyn words just don’t seem to fit. He was truly a gentleman that went above and beyond especially for his beloved bowling club. I never thought I would sign for the receiver ship of Christmas hams.
    Fly high
    Roxanne Donovan

    ROXANNE DONOVAN October 18 2021 8:36 pm
  35. To all of Selwyn’s family and friends,
    Our thoughts are with you during this sad time.
    Selwyn was always up for a fence chat and a laugh on his walks up to the bowls club.
    A kind, caring, sharing and very welcoming neighbour and friend with an unforgettable cheeky laugh.
    RIP -absolute privilege to have known you Sel,
    Chris & Matt

    Christina Mavridis October 18 2021 9:22 pm
  36. To Selwyn’s family our deepest condolences. Selwyn will always be fondly remembered. The twinkle in his eyes and that bit of a chuckle made everyone feel special. Chats with him about my grandparents and family, the butcher shop and days gone by will be treasured forever. Hope you find a good cake shop up there.
    We’ll miss you at the club.
    Cheers Mate!
    Maree and Daff

    David Daffy October 19 2021 12:12 pm
  37. I have met a lot of good people playing bowls but Selwyn was the best. I played with him in triples at the Lake Bowling Club and to see the esteem he was held in by everybody was awe inspiring . Condolences to his family . Michael Melville

    Michael Melville October 22 2021 9:49 am
  38. As we each mourn the loss of Selwyn, we remember the wonderful days that we were able to share with him. Whether you knew him for a short time or a long time, you saw how he positively impacted so many lives. To celebrate and honour such a remarkable man, please join us at 2.30pm on Wednesday 1st December at Colac Bowling Club – By the Lake. (No restrictions for fully vaccinated attendees.)

    You can see a memorial at

    Wendy, Leigh and I really appreciate the wonderful tributes that have been left here.
    Many thanks.
    David (email: [email protected])

    David McAdam November 25 2021 8:42 am

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