A Century of the Red & Black



30/1/1948 - 7/1/2023


30/1/1948 - 7/1/2023

January 11, 2023

The Old Xaverians Football Club mourns the passing of one of its true greats, Christopher “Tipper” Callinan, aged 74.

Chris was the second of five sons of Sir Bernard and Naomi Callinan. All the boys attended Xavier College via Kostka Hall, where he began his association with the Red and Black in 1956. He walked through the Barkers Road gate for the final time as a student in 1966.

After leaving school, he played 166 games with the Old Xaverians while setting himself up for a successful business career. He captained the club in 1974.

While a strong Carlton man, his real football commitment was to the Old Xavs, where sons Pete and Mike found success as coach and player, respectively. Later, he served many years on the club committee and was a vice president earlier this century. In addition, he was for decades a generous financial member of the club.

Away from football, Tipper became the ED of Executive Interim Management and made that endeavour extremely successful. He was exceptionally generous to many Old Xaverians, and his advice, guidance and contacts helped many with their careers.

Chris served as a member of the Xavier College Board and, more recently, as Chair of the College Foundation.

Chris died on Saturday after a battle with cancer that had returned last year after a long period of remission.

He was a man of great honour, humility and grace, truly a man for others.

Our most heartfelt condolences to his wife Mary, his children Pete, Kate and Mike and the entire Callinan clan.

Funeral Mass celebrating the life of Christopher James Callinan will be offered at Xavier College Chapel, next Tuesday at 11.00 am, with entry to XC via the Charles Street gates.

Lord, we entrust those who have died to your mercy: welcome them into your presence. You loved them greatly in this life, now give them happiness and peace for ever.