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  1. Dear Andrea,
    I have thought about you from time to time over the years. You were such a bright light during my teacher education at La Trobe – your intelligence, sharpness and care were such a strong influence on the kind of teacher I wanted to become. You ended up being a reference for my Master’s application in the UK, and I wanted for so long to tell you I got accepted onto a PhD programme, and now it’s too late. I wasn’t even sure if you’d remember me, but it doesn’t matter because I will always remember you. Thank you so much for the education you gave your students, and most of all for you.
    Love, A former student.

  2. Dear Andrea, you were an inspiration to me when I came to Deakin. Always kind and encouraging. Go well.

  3. Go well. Your place and contributions will be missed. Sincere condolences to the bereave family and friends.

    ISATT member
    Representing Namibia

  4. To the entire family of late Andrea, it is really painful missing a beloved one, wife and mother, however do take solace in the comforting words of friends and that of the scripture too. On the resurrection morning, we shall behold her again. Fare the well Andrea.

    Chinwe Ogunji (PhD)
    ISATT member, NIGERIA

  5. Wow, what a special lady and what an amazing impact Andrea has had. I feel really privileged to have been able to attend this service online today, and I’m wishing that I had spent more time with her.
    To Jacqueline, to Phil, David and Rebecca and families – sending condolences and wishing that all of the amazing memories of Andrea give you comfort.
    Love to you all.
    Kym Bramich
    Cousin & Daughter of Marg and Murray Bramich

  6. Rest in Peace Aunty Andrea.

    Your kindness and inspiration will never be forgotten.

    Deepest sympathy to Becky, Davey, Phil and family.

    With love, Jodi

  7. Dear Phil, David & Rebecca
    Such a beautiful celebration of Andrea’s life from her loving family, friends and colleagues. Andrea would be so proud to hear the esteem in which she was held and the enormous love that her life was able to give to so many. I will miss that beautiful smile and caring friendship we shared on too few occasions.
    From Debbie and I our love and thoughts go to you at this difficult time.

  8. An amazing life, an amazing lady. Touched the lives of many. Never forgotten.

    My condolences to family and friends. Thank you for the opportunity to be present at today’s service to celebrate Andrea’s life.

    Karen Bramich (Cousin – Tasmania)
    Daughter of of Murray and Margaret Bramich

  9. Dear Phil and Andrea’s family,
    What comes through during the funeral is the great love you all have for Andrea and how her love for you has transformed your lives. I’m so glad for you that you had the opportunity to enjoy her generosity and her skill in making the lives of people she met much happier and fulfilling. Thank you Phil for your sensitive eulogy. It captured so much of what Andrea gave to you and how much you were a great combination. What a wonderful way to end a funeral! Andrea would have loved you all for doing it this way.

  10. Dear Phil, and all of Andrea’s immediate and extended family and friends….
    Thank you for making it possible to be with you for the beautiful celebration of her life shared there in Australia on Tuesday morning (Monday night, here in Canada) through Live Streaming. As one of her colleagues in ISATT, I’m so very grateful to have been able to wish her a heartfelt “Travel Well” with all of you. Thoughts and prayers are now with Andrea, and with all of you. Take good care of each other.
    Sincerely, Susan.

  11. We both agree that we have just attended, from a location halfway round the world, the most beautiful funeral we have ever attended. Our congratulations to Phil and Andrea’s family for an experience that was exactly what Andrea would have wanted. It was an honour to find ourselves in not one but two of the wonderful photos shown at the end. What very special memories we have of those few occasions when it was our privilege to spend time with Andrea and Phil and how lucky we were to see them not only at conferences but also at their homes in Somers and Camberwell but also in our home in Kingston in Canada. We are very grateful to you all to have been able to share from afar these 90 unforgettable minutes to celebrate Andrea’s life.

  12. I recall meeting Andrea in Edinburgh and sharing a taxi in the rain with her and Phil after an evening sharing food, wine and laughter. This was followed by time at Somers again sharing food, laughter and and of course some wine. Education and the state of universities were debated and analysed. Your insight and wisdom in approaching your work shone through. And of course there was a visit to Vlad’s antique emporium, walking on the beach and enjoying the Somers’ community vibe.

    Andrea your time with us all was too short.


  13. A beautiful service for a beautiful human.
    My thoughts are with Phil and the family, and with Andrea as she sets off on her next adventure.
    With love,

  14. It has been a joy to share in this beautiful celebration of Andrea’s life. The stories, tributes and pictures showed her wonderful capacity to bring learning, connection and happiness to everyone around her -students, colleagues, friends and family. Sending love to Phil and family at this very sad time.

  15. Andrea, I think Phil, your family, friends and colleagues have celebrated your life in the most beautiful way, befitting the warm, caring wonderful person I think everyone knew you to be. I always enjoyed chatting to you at the Summer Schools. And the Christmas lunch down in Somers remains the best lunch ever. You will be sorely missed. Melissa

  16. Andrea’s support during mentoring workshops when I first joined Deakin in 2014 was really generous. She is remembered as an open hearted, tremendously giving colleague, who reminded us that we work across disciplines and have shared values and goals. My deep condolences to Andrea’s family. I thank you for also thinking of us in this difficult time, and ensuring we could attend the funeral virtually.

  17. Thank you for allowing those of us overseas, who love Andrea, to participate in this celebration of her life. It was just the perfect way to send her off. I only regret that I was never able to visit Summers in person, though I dropped in via Skype on occasion. All my love and prayers to Phil, David and Rebecca.

  18. Dear Phil, David, Rebecca and all of Andrea’s family and friends. Such a beautiful, rich and meaningful ceremony for a beautiful and wonderful woman. Palya dear Andrea, Susan

  19. Dear Andrea, Our paths criss-crossed at different gatherings during the La Trobe and Deakin years. It was always lovely to see you and I have fond memories of our chats over the many years and your lovely smile and enthusiasm for life, the arts and education. What a beautiful service your friends and family have provided – you have left a rich legacy from a wonderful life well lived.
    Lots of love Shelley

  20. Thank for inspiring so many lives Andrea. I will miss your intellect, generosity, and kindness. You were a wonderful colleague!
    My deepest condolences to Phil and the family.

  21. Very sad to loose such a fantastic women and colleague.

    My deepest sympathies to family and friends.

    Patrick-Jean Guay

  22. There is never enough time to be with those we care for and love. We will hold on to our memories and hold you close in our hearts. Love you all xxx

  23. A wonderful send off for a wonderful woman. So sorry I couldn’t be there in person. I have a champagne in hand. If I was sharing a story it would be our fun drunken night at the women in leadership retreat where we shared our very similar histories and have a special bond ever since. Lots of love and strength to you all. She would be so proud.
    Warmest thoughts
    Deb Ollis

  24. Thank you Andrea for a life so well lived, shining a light for the rest of us! A teacher to the last…

    May you go in peace with love,


  25. Dear Andrea,

    I only had the great pleasure of working with you in the HDR space for a short time, but your leadership and warmth shone through. You impact on HDR in the Faculty will be there for many years to come.

    To Phil and your family, I hope you find some laughter amidst the tears as you continue to celebrate her wonderful life, gone too soon.


  26. Sad to lose a wonderful and valued colleague. Deepest sympathy to Andrea’s family and friends.

  27. Thank you for the opportunity to join you, albeit virtually, to farewell Andrea. I am sorry I never had the opportunity to share a Sunday evening – Oh to be filled with good food and love. You could ask for no more. Take care of one another. You have been taught by a wonderful human.

  28. Dear Andrea, you will be much missed as a kind person and great colleague. You frequently helped me solve tricky problems with calm decisions in your HDR role. Your work in education was an inspiration. My deepest sympathies to your family. Rest now, and be free.

  29. Dear Phil, David, Rebecca, Andrea’s family and friends

    My thoughts and deepest condolences are with you at this time. Like so many, I will miss Andrea our dear and generous faculty of arts and education colleague. Andrea’s vibrant and wise leadership and thoughtfulness will stay with me always.

    With deepest sympathy


  30. Dear Andrea,
    Your warmth, care, and support was exceptional and had wide-spreading ripple effects. You were a wonderful colleague and model and you’ll be greatly missed. My sympathies to your family.
    All thoughts and thanks,

  31. Dear Andrea

    I will never forget your smile, your interest in doing everything you could to help both students and supervisors, your common sense, your emotional intelligence but also your pragmatic very practical approach to solving problems. I am so sorry we never got to work together. You were taken too soon, with plans unfinished. We all have a sense of what you started and we will take care to to carry your legacy into the future. We will miss you but we won’t forget you.
    With love and much admiration for what you did for all of us

  32. It is a beautiful day for a wonderful woman’s journey to eternity.
    Sharing the sadness and wishing comfort and peace for all who loved Andrea.

    With love,

  33. Andrea was a mentor and friend at Deakin University. I admired Andrea greatly and aspired to be as open, honest and supportive to others as she was to me. My respect for Andrea was enormous. She was inspirational, kind, and just an incredible woman who I will greatly miss. My love and thoughts go to you, her family.

  34. Dear Andrea

    What a warm, generous, kind, funny, talented and beautiful woman you were. Such a privilege to have known you and to see the gifts you bestowed on others. Go lightly and rest in peace.

    Deepest sympathy to family and friends.

  35. A warm and generous spirit whose kindness was evident in all of your interactions. You will be sadly missed.

  36. Dearest Andrea
    Your friendship was always warm
    Your friendship was always thoughtful
    You cared, loved, laughed, supported
    Your generosity was kind and overflowing.
    I will miss you.

    With love, Josephine

  37. A beautiful and wonderful lady lost too soon. You will be sorely missed!

    Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

    Lots of love,

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