Wednesday 17 April 2013

Fr Eric Corbin

If Fr Eric Corbin, or Uncle Eric as he was known to so many of us, was still alive he would have turned 100 yesterday. Eric John Corbin was born on 16 April 1913, youngest of the five children of Percy & Catherine Corbin. He grew up in the NSW irrigation towns of Leeton and Griffith. He entered the Catholic seminary in 1932 and was ordained a priest in 1940 at St Marys Cathedral. He served in many parishes around Sydney over the years, finally as parish priest, Clemton Park, for 30 years. Fr Eric retired in 1996 and passed away in 2005 at the age of 92. He is remembered across many branches of the family because of the baptisms, marriages and funerals he performed. Fr Eric did a lot of research into the Corbin family history and in 1966 was the first to put together a written account of the Corbins in Australia.