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  1. RIP Uncle Gony. I have fond memories of the few times we shared together much later in life. Lots of love Ronnie & Vashnee Naicker.

  2. To dearest Pam, Priam, Michelle, Eleanor ,Sophia, Shohan and Wing.
    The service was a wonderful tribute to Gony’s life and the beautiful eulogies
    really captured Gony’s spirit and personality.
    With love and caring thoughts,
    Nadia. ❤️

  3. To
    My Dearest Aunty Pam, Priam, Michelle, Shohan, Wing, Eleanor and Sophia.
    Thank you for the Beautful , Heartfelt , Greatest Farewell of our Dearest Loving, Caring Uncle Gony. Our Hearts cries out with you all . May God Give you the Courage and Strength to cope with Void our Dearest Uncle Gony has left in all your Lives. He will Forever remain in our Hearts with the Legacy he has left behind . Love you all and will always be in our Thoughts and Prayers .
    A Special Thanks to Michelle, Priam and Shohan

  4. “Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am of out sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before. How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!”
    To Pam, Priam, Shohan, Michelle, Eleanor & Sophia. Our deepest condolences to you all. Gony will be with you always.
    Love Sam, David & Rohan Williams

  5. A beautiful farewell for a genuine human being who had a positive influence on all who knew him. Sending our deepest condolences from the Stewart family.

  6. At this time of grief, sorrow n loss,
    we extend our heartfelt condolences to Pam n the bereaving family. Our heart cries with yours
    As we mourn the loss of our beloved Gony, we have to admire his resilience n strength in all his endeavours.
    His tool shed displayed what a tough n hardy labourer he was.
    His jovial n happy spirit was always there when we met. Sadly his strength and fortitude was put to the test, as pain n disability took a final hold on him, that, took him away from us.
    It is with a heavy heart, we say farewell to our beloved Gony.


    Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of comfort, deal graciously,
    we pray, with those who mourn, that, casting all their care on you, they may know the consolation of your love in times of sorrow n pain.

    Royce n Ganthie❤️

  7. Dearest Pam and family.The service/tribute for Gony was heartfelt! .So many precious memories. Gony was truly an amazing man and was admired by so many people. May all the loving memories comfort you and bring you all peace. Love to Pam and Family.


    From the Arumugam Moodley family of Kenville, the Ganas/Tipee Naidoo and the C K Naidoo families of Tongaat
    It is with sadness that we pay tribute to Gony a dear dear relative who grew up in Kenville, completed his high school education in Tongaat and graduated from the University of Natal in South Africa.
    In his teens, Gony coached by his brother in law in Tongaat was a keen flower/vegetable gardener and fisherman. He was an absolute gentleman and showed the highest respect for family and friends and was in return highly respected by all that knew him
    Gony was a perfectionist, with genuine energy and always positive, he made sure he developed his skills to the fullest before he took on a task. There was no task too difficult for Gony and he always pushed boundaries. He was a wonderful role model to his peers and younger relatives and friends. He was an extremely keen sportsman, excelled in athletics, played league football with Kenville United and played most other codes of sport with great success.
    He would often pitch up in Tongaat having cycled from Kenville on a rather windy under-developed 50km road to join the families for Sunday lunch. Likewise during Deepavali he would not fail to visit the families in Tongaat and generally announced his arrival with loud firework bangs. Gony loved nature and the outdoors and taught many of us how to appreciate and explore the unknown.
    During his university years, and including during his career as a High School teacher, Gony was a keen political activist and made a contribution in the difficult late fifties and sixties to South Africa’s eventual freedom.
    Gony took up a teaching post in Zambia in Africa in the late sixties, where he continued his quest for perfection and completed numerous post graduate diplomas from business to acquiring a pilot’s license. His visits back to South Africa were always well received and the youngsters were never short of presents from dear Uncle Gony. He had an amazing ability to mix with both the old, always with the greatest respect (akka and Anna), and the young and displayed complete humility with people of all backgrounds.
    Many of us relatives from South Africa cherish the well-received visits to Gony & Pam in Wollongong when the bonds were instantly rekindled with wonderful remembrances of our younger days. Gony made many visits to South Africa following his departure to Australia and always made a point of visiting most relatives. Gony and Pam’s last visit to South Africa was in 2015 and a wonderful family gathering was hosted by Preggie his nephew with some lovely photographs of Gony on the dance floor.
    Pam, Shaun, Priam and your wonderful families, Gony/Dad was an amazing relative and friend and a special soul. On behalf of the families in South Africa we gratefully thank you for having taken such wonderful care of Gony over the many years and we, all with wonderful memories, and heavy hearts, grieve with you at having to say good bye to Dear Gony/Dad.
    May the lord guide his soul to rest in peace

  9. Dearest Aunty Pam, Shohan and Priam and families – our sincere condolences to you all on the passing of your beloved Gony❤️. May his soul rest in peace and you all have the courage and strength to survive this difficult time of your lives. Lots of love from Sandra, Thavarani; and the late Marlen, Jay and Nirmala

  10. Sending lots of love to Aunty Pam, Priam and Shohan. I have such fond memories of Uncle Gony when he visited SA, I will always remember him as such a caring and loving person who made everyone he encountered feel so very special.

  11. Our heartfelt sympathy to you Pam; Shohan, Wing, Priam and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Glad that we could be part of a beautiful service. A great send off for someone so deserving.
    Rest in Peace, Gony

  12. What a beautiful service and tribute to a wonderful person who got so much out of life. My deepest condolences to Pam, Priam, Shohan and family.

  13. A great send off for a much loved and beautiful person. Will be remembered with much fondness. RIP Gony

  14. Wow, cheers to a quiet achiever, a huge personality. Michelle, you delivered, your dear father in law was honoured beautifully. We only met Goni and Pam and Shohan in Melbourne, enjoyed their company at our home in Regina St, Springvale. Priam was away in The Marines etc. We also partied away at Carol and Claude Naidu’ home in Oakleigh South. Had lots of laughs and pop lenty of dops and lekker chow. ❤️
    With fondness, Soori and Gasen Naidoo and girls
    Gony always with that special smile. Go well dear Gony, you’re a gem. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  15. Wonderfull Tribute to a an amazing gently man will be sadly missed but all in our hearts
    Love to Pam and Family

  16. Our deepest sympathies during this difficult time of loss of our dear Gony. Thank you for sharing and encapsulating his amazing spirit, love and kindness. We wish we could all be there with the family to give a long hug and raise a glass of whiskey to celebrate this great brother, father and husband. We will miss your hearty laugh and endearing smile Gony, from your loving brother Vadi. We offer a prayer of strength and love to Pam, Shohan, Priam, Michelle, Eleanor and Sophie. Hugs and love during this dark time. Warmth and love from Vadi, Babes, Marsh, Ravi, Theo, Kumarie, Leandra, Deklin, Simona, Zirk and Gabriella (the Arumugam Moodley family).

  17. Uncle Gony,
    Some of my most fondest and loved childhood memories are of you, Aunty Pam, Priam and Shohan.
    As if it were yesterday I remember
    Your critique of our Mud pies,
    Chasing chickens around the back yard trying to catch them for dinner,
    Family Road trips and most of all your amazing Gulub Jamun.
    Thankyou for being apart of my life and for all the amazing memories you have given me.
    You will never be forgotten and always loved.
    Michelle Maslamoney

  18. Our sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the family of a warm, welcoming and understanding man. Rest in peace Mr Arumugam.

  19. A beautiful send off for a beautiful and much loved man.Will always be remembered with much fondness. RIP Gony ❤️ Vasu and Barry

  20. Our heartfelt condolences to the family , our thoughts and prayers are with you in this sad time.We met Gony and Pam several years ago in Melbourne.From Hassen and Julie(Pillay) Jamal.

  21. My heartfelt condolences to the whole family on the passing of Gony who was a great teacher, sporting coach and generous man who helped many students and staff at Assumption. He always had a smile for everyone and loved to have a laugh. I was lucky to know him as both a student and then later as a teacher myself. I’ll remember the good times always.

  22. Heartfelt condolences to Pam, Shohan, Priam n family. Thoughts n prayers are with you all at this sad time. Our heart cries with yours❤️

  23. Gony and Pam i thank you for your kindness, joy and time for making life in kilmore for a adelaide boy not as lonely. you are all in my thoughts. My deepest condolences and much love to Pam, Priam, Shahan and your families. kind regards Anthony max Boland.

  24. Dear Pam and family,

    We want to send our condolences and deepest sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time. The service was beautiful, in the short time we have been living next door the children have greatly enjoyed their interactions with both yourself and Gony, we are here if you need anything.

    Kind regards

    Coleman family xx

  25. Dear Aunty Pam
    We will always remember how you and uncle Gony took us under your wings and helped us to move in our hearts to feel like we had a true belonging and a family in Australia way before our family could come .God bless you and keep you strong and safe

  26. Uncle Gony, you were a man whose love for life was infectious and love for family was infinite. Peace be your journey home. We will miss you but recall you fondly whenever we gather ❤️
    With love
    Glynn, Anita, Maya and Michael Taylor

  27. A fitting tribute. Our deepest condolences – Michael, Jo, Cormac, Aengus, Rory and Maeve O’Byrne.

  28. A beautiful service that truly captured the essence and spirit of Uncle Gony and the impact he had on all of us who had the privilege of knowing him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Soniya and Shane

  29. Our heartfelt condolonces to Pam-Shohan-Priam-Michelle n family. Thoughts n prayers are with you all at this time. Our heart cries with yours. Ganthie n Royce ❤️

  30. Farwell Gony Thanks For Being A Very Loving And Supportive Family Member To All My Family. We Will Always Cherish Those Beautiful Memories and All The Things You Did for Us With So Much Luv an Kindness and Generousity
    You Lived An Incredible Adventures Life.
    Go Well Dearest Brother In Law. Rest In Heavenly Peace Gony

  31. My thoughts are with you Aunty Pam, Shohan, Priam and family!
    Sending our love and prayers during this very difficult time.

  32. Uncle Gony was an incredibly wonderful person. Always so caring, thoughtful and generous. I have such fond memories of him! His genuine love for others is something I will never forget!
    Rest In Peace dearest Uncle Gony

  33. What a wonderful man Gony was. I will remember him with fondness always. My deepest condolences and much love to Pam, Priam, Shahan and your families.

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