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106 comments on “Janine Byrnes”

  1. An amazing human and I am so grateful for the opportunity to have experiences the light you shared with everyone around you. Such wonderful memories of you Neens x

    Sending love to family and friends that spoke so beautifully.

    fleur x

  2. Such a beautiful service for my beloved sister, Janine. So wonderful to know how very loved and liked she was by her family and so many others. It’s extremely hard to be so far away in England at this time, but we’ll do our utmost to be there for the bittersweet, yet ultimately happy, celebration to come.

    Lots of love, always, to Tenno, Tom, Jack and Ella (and Bear).

    Angela and Alan. xxxxx

  3. Plum, you touched and impacted more hearts in your lifetime than most could ever hope to do who lived a full lifetime. You brought joy and laughter to all those who were privileged to have had you as a friend at some time in their life.

  4. I worked with Janine at Melbourne Park. A very long time ago. She was one of the standouts. Friendly, bubbly and always up for a party. We had a couple of Thursday’s at the Rose in Brunswick. Good times! Rest In Peace.

  5. Sending our love to all of Janine’s dear friends and family, especially to Tenno. What a beautiful service with so many wonderful memories of the light and love Janine brought to us all. Working with Janine, she always greeted us with the most beautiful smile that radiated warmth and never failed to brighten your day. This will be sorely missed, but we will carry her memory in our heart and keep smiling.

    Love Luisa & Craig

  6. Tenno,
    Brilliant way to pay tribute to a wonderful person. Ella , Tom, Jack and yourself shared beautiful memories of Janine and its a shame we all couldn’t be there together with you.
    … and god bless online shopping and the races!!
    Sending love to you all xxxx
    Clarkee and Maurie

  7. Such a special send off for such a beautiful soul. Neens you were adored by so many, your smile made everyone else smile We are going to miss you at our stadium catch ups, can’t honestly imagine them without you. To Tenno and the kids, you spoke so beautifully about her as she did of you all. Love to her dear dad and sister too from abroad. Going to miss you so much Neens RIP luv xxx

  8. Janine you will be missed around Marvel Stadium I had the pleasure to work with you at functions for many years. You were always smiling which will be missed.
    RIP Janine

  9. My condolence to Tenno and family (and bear )
    Such a beautiful service for a beautiful lady.
    Rest in peace neens
    I will always remember All time times I worked with you in functions and our chats, our loves, our laughs And our cries.
    Heaven gained a beautiful angel and I’m hoping you are enjoying your Sauvignon blanc’s up there neens
    Will love and miss you always xx

  10. My condolence to Tenno and family (and bear )
    Such a beautiful service for a beautiful lady.
    Rest in peace neens
    I will always remember our loves, laughs And our cries.
    Heaven gained a beautiful angel and I’m hoping you are enjoying your Sauvignon blanc’s up there neens
    Will love and miss you always xx

  11. Dear Tenno Tom Jack Ella & Bear, our deepest to sympathy to you all. What a wonderful service for a wonderful woman . From our school days at Morongo to Tanny’s wedding and then to our wedding Auntie Plum as we’ve called her for years has always been a big part of our family and we will all miss her terribly. We all loved Plum to the moon & beyond! Lots of love to you all Tink & Rob ❤️❤️❤️

  12. I was only in the Functions team for a few years at the stadium but from day one Janine made me feel like part of a family. I’ve never known a more carefree, relaxed person and whenever she came up to check on us, you always felt like everything was okay. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of the service, and to hear some amazing stories. They were new stories to me, but were so clearly Janine that they also felt familiar. My deepest sympathies to all her family and friends.

  13. What a gorgeous service for an even more gorgeous friend. Neens you always lived life to the full, never had anything negative to say and lived life to the full – and more!! I just can’t imagine our old stadium crew catch ups without your bright pink tops and stories! .

    She would have been so proud of how today went, exactly how she would have planned it if she could. You all spoke so beautifully, Tenno and the kids, (and Bear too) as she always did of you all. Photos were gorgeous reminders too of all the friends and family who adored her.

    Have a wine and boogie for us Neens, will miss your beautiful smile and kind heart RIP luv xx

  14. Janine was such a beautiful, fun loving soul who left us far too soon. We’ll miss coming to work and hearing her amazing stories regarding family, friends, Bear, travel, Thirsty Thursdays, online shopping, etc. The office won’t be the same without Neens and her big smile. She will always be in our hearts and memories. Love Stel & Idz

  15. A beautiful service for an outstanding human. Janine was a treasure. She was so much fun. Sincere condolences to all of her loved ones.

  16. So sorry for your loss Tenno. Janine was a beautiful person who adored you. It was lovely to learn more about her today she was very special. Lots of Love to you, Ella, Tom and Jack
    Love Clarkee and Maurie

  17. Thank you Tenno, Tom , Jack, & Ella for sharing your memories and articulating what we all felt about Janine ! Her memory will be held close to our heart and your words resonated beyond today. Love to you xx

  18. To Tenno, Jack, Tom, Ella and family. Sending love and condolences on the passing of Janine. What a beautiful celebration of her life you all provided this morning and I am appreciative that I was able to view it online. I wasn’t aware that Janine’s birthday, 22 September, is the same as mine, so I will remember and raise a glass to her each year from now on!
    Tenno, I hope you can draw on your wonderful memories with Janine to comfort you through your grief and into the future. Love from cousin Catherine Rourke, Paul and family.

  19. Dear Byrnes Family,
    My heart breaks for you as you grieve the loss of a very special person.

    Janine’s warmth, smile and positive attitude always shone through.
    I will miss her greeting of “hi Uncle Pete” as I popped into her office at Marvel to see how she was going. Never did I ever get a complaint, never a “wo be me”. More often that not it was “How are you going”? I always loved hearing about the travels, fun in the sun or how she caught up with her mate Pitchford and how they got up to no good.

    My thoughts are with you all in this difficult time.

  20. Janine you will be missed so very dearly, but we are all better for having met you and for being in our lives. Thank you.

  21. I had the great honour to work with Janine at the Stadium for about 1.5 years. We shared a love of travel, books and Mister Zimi. She was the grammar queen and would always proof read the menus before we gave them to clients.

    She always talked about her beautiful Bear and her family, Tenno and the kids. She was so proud of all of you.

    She had such a positive and infectious outlook on life. She will be forever remembered as a kind, warm and fun colleague that enjoyed life to its fullest.


  22. Janine loved a laugh so read this in your best Churchwillian accent “never has someone given so much and asked for so little in return”

  23. Beautiful service for the most gorgeous Janine. You knew how to live life and have fun in every situation and your smile radiated warmth and a little bit of mischief. Taken far too soon. Rest in peace beautiful girl. Love to Tenno and family. XXXO

  24. Words cant express my sadness at the moment, but in saying that I am so grateful to have had Plum in my life and all the fun and positivity that came with her. She certainly taught us all how to live life to the fullest. A huge void has been left and know in time all your loving memories of trips had, meals and laughter shared as well as numerous “Thirsty Thursdays” will gradually fill that void.

    Thank you Tenno, Bear, Alan, Tom, Jack and Ella for sharing this wonderful memorial with us all.

    I am off to drink some pink champagne now in Plum’s memory and seriously look forward to giving you all a huge hug when we can…

    All our love and support
    Linda (aka Chicken legs), Richard, Bailey and Riley
    Cairns, Australia

  25. Dear Tennyson and family a beautiful service .We hope the care and love of your family will ease this dark time for you.It is so hard what to say on this very sad passing.

    Carolyn Mike and Sam

  26. So sorry for your loss Tennison and family.
    I first met Janine 18 years ago at Roger Stevenson’s holiday house in Ocean Grove. She was sun baking on the back deck with a book in one hand and sauvignon blanc in the other. Her beautiful smile and warm welcoming personality is something I will always remember.
    Having just moved to Melbourne from Canberra Janine was kind enough to find me employment at what is now known as Marvel Stadium. I worked there for 10 years and will be forever grateful for that opportunity, thanks to Janine. Janine invited me along to a number of Oakes Day race meetings which she organised with style, was dressed to the nines and the life of the party. She will be sadly missed.

  27. Dear Tenno,
    I enjoyed hearing every story today about Janine. Such beautiful memories. Well done to yourself and everyone who spoke. I look forward to being able to see you down the track and sharing some more stories.
    The Functions team will truly miss Janine’s spirit everyday we come to work. She was the oracle of all Functions related information as well as my go-to for last minute restaurant advise for date night/anniversaries with my wife – she never got it wrong. I am going to have to be a lot more organised on that front now. I have received kind messages from many of Janine’s clients over the last few days which I hope to share with you soon.
    Yesterday our team (AJ, Nikki, Anna, John and I) had an online Thirsty Thursday in honour of Janine. It was our small way of saying goodbye. We look forward to the time when MSL team is able to get together in person to pay tribute to her again.
    We are all thinking of you at this time.
    Steven Harrison (Disco)

  28. Tenno & Famliy (and Bear)

    Thank you for allowing us to join in and watch the service and celebration of Janine. Tuned in from Perth.
    Beautiful setting and Neens would have been so proud of you all.
    I will miss her friendship, her smile and her laughter. She loved you all so very much and spoke with such pride about her family.
    I look for to when the restrictions lift that I can come over and join in on the thirsty thursday celebrations in her honour.
    Much love to you all

  29. Feeling so very blessed to have had this gorgeous girl Janine as my friend. Her kindness was never ending. Tenno and family – sending you all my love x

  30. Such a beautiful service. All your tributes are incredibly heartfelt and a wonderful insight into how Janine enriched your lives.

  31. Tenno – what a beautiful service for Neenie. Such wonderful tributes from you, Tom, Jack & Ella. Will definitely be in pink and sparkles when we can all finally get together and celebrate Neenie Sending you lots of love Fletchie xx

  32. A very thoughtful & moving service, Tenno & the kids did Janine proud.
    Tracy & Michael Gerdtz

  33. Tenno,

    Watching the ceremony Bridget and I can almost feel your sadness. It is unfortunate that circumstances dictate that we cannot not be there with you in Melbourne. The many happy memories shared with us by you and your family will eventually overcome much of the sadness caused by Janine’s untimely departure from life.

    Lots of love in these sad times,

    Roger & Bridget

  34. All love, hope and sympathy to you all at this time of enormous sorrow…all love, hope and joy in the memory of Janine, a dynamic and vibrant presence.
    Just a brief word with Janine would delight and warm.
    Warm and sincere regards,
    Kate McKnight-Rundell and Rundell Family

  35. Dear Tenno and family,
    A lovely service sharing your beautiful stories of Janine. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love from Uncle Brian , David, Ross, Regina and Bruce

  36. I have known Janine for about 7+ years through working at Etihad/Marvel Stadium. She would always come and say hello to the client and myself when we had conferences on to make sure everything was running smoothly. I’m going to miss your Janine like crazy. Condolences to all of you. RIP JANINE.

  37. A beautiful service for the most beautiful, warm, wonderful person. We still can’t believe she’s gone and will miss her forever. She made all of our lives better and we were so lucky to have known her. We loved her so much. All our love to Tenno, Tom, Jack, Ella and Janine’s enormous extended family and friends. Love, Paul and Julie

  38. Dearest Tenno and all those who loved Janine,

    What a beautiful tribute to a radiant life-force! That she found joy and had fun and loved the children so much shows just what a wonderful woman she was. Their words said it all. I am so glad you had such a big love and will have all those colourful memories and stories to share with the Byrnes clan over the years.

    May she rest in peace and event-manage in heaven.

    God bless you all.

    With love and prayers and sincere sympathy,

    Ann Rennie ( O’Neill) and Fiona, Gel, Rose, Frank, Doe and Matt.

    PS. Will take your advice on the mutton-bird!

  39. Thank you for allowing us to share in the celebration of Janine’s life today. I worked with her at Etihad Stadium for many years and she was always a very positive, beautiful person and I enjoyed our wonderful chats about Bear. Love to you all at this time x

  40. A beautiful service for a beautiful person.
    She will be sadly missed, particularly her smile.

  41. Dear Tenno and Family,

    Janine is one of the most inspiring, caring and positive person who I have ever met and had the pleasure of working with. She sat outside my office for a couple of years and I loved the stories of her trips, drinking antics, hearing about the kids and what to buy them for gifts (all online). She always spoke so highly of them and with much love.

    I will remember the last time I saw you together was on a race day on the roof top at Flemington, she may have had a couple of drinks, I was greeted with that beautiful smile and nice hug and a cheery farewell as you were heading out to get something to eat. Always happy, always smiling….Thats Janine.

    Michael Kenny

  42. Such a beautiful service, Tenno you must be so proud of your children. They loved her so much as we all did. Susan and I sitting here in our bright pink tops. Sending love and see you at thirsty Thursday.

  43. I was lucky enough to work with Janine for the last 2 and half years and whilst I didn’t know a great deal about her life story I knew what an incredible, strong and inspiring woman she was. Always bringing colour and life to the office through her amazing dress sense, stories of recent holidays and unwavering positive attitude. I thank Janine for the inspiration she has shown me to live a life of fun, adventure and positivity always. My love and thoughts are with her family and friends.

  44. Janine was one in a million stars on earth that I was lucky enough to call a friend.
    She shaped how I went about my work days and also how I got ready for the races.
    Janine always wanted everyone to be happy, she shied away from confrontation and that meant I always got the tricky clients at work. She made coming to work fun and there was never a dull moment in the office.
    My funny memory with Janine was at a work Christmas party where she was dancing and drinking the night away. Of course, Janine fell over…. cracking her head on the concrete. She didn’t want attention, didn’t want care, just her glass refilled. I wouldn’t allow it, called an ambulance and headed to the Service Entry to wait. Oh boy did we wait… she was constantly wanting to go back to the party and kept saying that Tenno would be so mad with her! We called Tenno, he was also at a Christmas party, so couldn’t collect her, but met us at the hospital. Janine was so annoyed with me that I took her away from the party, but we were both a sight when we got to the hospital, Janine in her pink clothes and Santa hat and me in my Mrs Claus outfit, the drunks loved us!
    Attending her wedding where she married her soul mate Tenno was one special occasion. She wanted that day so much but not the attention, she walked in to the song ‘Happy’ by Bruno Mars and that is how I’ll always remember her; happy.
    Rest in peace my love.

  45. The service was truly beautiful Tenno. The most deeply moving aspect for me was the lasting impact that Janine had on your three beautiful children. I have never met your children but they are clearly warm, bright, loving human beings. An absolute credit to you – and to Janine for she has clearly had a part to play in the adults they have become. She will clearly live on through them – that is incredibly touching. Sending all my love from sunny Brisbane. Kylie xxx

  46. Beautiful service for the most gorgeous Janine. You knew how to live life and have fun in every situation and your smile radiated warmth and a little bit of mischief. Taken far too soon. Rest in peace beautiful girl.

  47. A truly beautiful person with a wonderful sole,
    Fly with the Angels Janine

    Thoughts and prayers at this time Tennyson, for you and your family

    God bless

  48. A beautiful service for a beautiful lady. I have only known Janine for 11 months after starting at Marvel Stadium early last year and she was always so welcoming, helpful, friendly and always up for a laugh. Thank you for allowing us to celebrate the life of Janine with you today. She will be dearly missed. X

  49. Dear Tenno, Tom, Jack and Ella,

    A beautiful tribute to a beautiful person.

    May Janine Rest In Peace

    Neen, Colin, Nick and Joey Benson

  50. Tenno, Jack, Tom and Ella,

    Our thoughts are with you all as we celebrate the beautiful Janine. That was a wonderful tribute, and your speeches were very moving. TJ, you must be very proud mate.
    Robyn and I look forward to celebrating Janine’s life with you in person soon. We’re always here for you, and again are thinking of you.

    Love, Jock and Rob xx

  51. A beautiful service for a truly beautiful lady. So many wonderful memories, may you rest in peace Janine.

  52. Tenno, Tom, Jack and Ella
    My deepest condolences on your loss.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all, today and always.
    Janine was truly one of a kind, and will be missed.

  53. I’ve known Tenno since 2003, however did not meet Janine. I wish I had been lucky enough to meet her.
    I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. You have my prayers, and I wish you all much healing, and also that the happiest of memories stay closest in your hearts & minds.
    Soon enough, we will all meet our loved ones that are no longer here with us, but not too soon.

  54. My sincere condolences to the whole family.
    I met Janine in hospital while we were both having treatment. Only to find out that she worked with my son Eray at Marvell Stadium.
    Missed seeing you when our days changed. Eray adored you too gorgeous lady!

  55. Dear Tenno,

    We just feel so privileged to have been able to be at Janine’s funeral, it was such a wonderful tribute to her. Your children were amazing, such moving words, they so captured the love she felt for them and that you all clearly feel for her. What a beautiful family. Our heart felt sympathy to you.

    Kind regards, Craig and Cate Velk

    1. Dear Tenno, Janine inspired love and joy and today you and family reflected that in abundance with your kind, loving tributes to her life. Her spirit lives on. Our thoughts are with you. Much love from your Rourke cousins

  56. My thoughts are with Janine’s family and all her many friends. I will remember Janine always so very vibrant, kind and joyous, her passing is a tremendous loss.
    With love, Alex

  57. Thank you so much for allowing us to join in the funeral ceremony. What a beautiful service. Everyone spoke so beautifully – I went to school with Plum and saw her many times since and she was always such a gentle, beautiful soul.
    From this service I am left with a feeling of how important joy and celebration and colour is in our lives. I’m so happy it was such a beautiful, sunny day for her today.
    Sending all my love and rainbows in the sky to all who read this.Plum was a special soul
    Love and condolences
    Megan Castran ❤️

  58. Wonderful send off for Janine. I’m sure everyone on line felt
    Like us very much part of it . Love and hugs to all
    Lots of love Marg Tim and Ash

  59. Rest in peace beautiful Plum.
    Such a beautiful service with the sunshine streaming in on her.
    Tenno your words and that of your children truly reflected what a wonderful person she was. We will all miss her terribly but treasure our wonderful memories and be thankful that she was in our lives.
    Sending you so much love,
    Nicky Langford-Jones (Callan) – Morongo

  60. Condolences to all family and friends of Janine. I worked with Janine at Marvel Stadium for quite a few years and she was always a pleasure to deal with. She will be sorely missed around the office.

  61. Hi Tennyson, Tom, Jack, Ella, Alan and Kath (as well the others present and those who could not be)

    What an impressive individual and legacy.

    We were blessed to know her.

    We each have memories to cherish.

    Take care


  62. Absolutely beautiful ceremony, Janine would be very proud of you all. RIP beautiful Janine,❤️. Until we meet again for a cold and a parmie.
    Pauline Smith (Dart)

  63. Your smile and constant happiness was truly inspirational and there wasn’t a day we didn’t see that in the office despite what you were going through. You made so many great friends and were a great mentor to so many more. Rest in Peace Janine.

  64. What a beautiful service on a beautiful warm sunny day for a beautiful warm loving girl. Plum

  65. Beautiful service fit for a beautiful girl! I’ll miss Janine and all the love and fun she brought to my life. Love and strength to Tenno and her family and friends. ➡️⬆️

  66. Tenno, watched the service, was a beautiful way to remember Janine, and the fantastic impact and light and happiness she brought into both yours and the kids lives…keep wearing the shirts and shorts…

  67. Tenno, Tom, Jack & Ella,
    What a beautiful service, you all did so well. It was a perfect tribute to her, your love for her so palpable.
    We can’t wait to celebrate her life with you in person.
    Our fondest love to you all.
    Craig & Tracy x

  68. Dear Tenno, Tom, Jack and Ella,

    A beautiful tribute to a beautiful person.

    May Janine Rest In Peace

    Neen, Colin, Nick and Joey Benson

  69. What a lovely reflection and celebration of Janine’s life. She was well loved and will be missed by so many. X

  70. Dear Tenn and the Byrnes family,

    Certainly a life well lived . A beautiful service and great insights into Janine character.
    Our sincerest condolences from the other Byrnes family

  71. What a beautiful service, a gorgeous way to remember one of life’s best people. Big love to all

  72. RIP Janine ❤️☀️You will be sadly missed. You had a special place in all our hearts. .An angel in heaven. Shine bright like a diamond. XO

  73. Beautiful service. Deepest sympathy to Tenno, family, bear and friends.
    Gorgeous girl gone too soon. xx

  74. Dear Tenno and family

    Thoughts and prayers are with you at a difficult time – the world is a poorer place without Neens in it, but we are all better people for having her in our lives.

  75. Keep living and continue on being the beautiful soul that you are Janine.
    May you rest in peace
    We will miss you x

  76. Dear Tenno and your beautiful family, I am so sorry for the loss of our wonderful Neanie. A generous, funny, loving, soul taken too early. Will hold close to my heart our laughs, tears and long lunches. May she be having “thirsty Thursday” with her old friend Kate Carr (nee Leyden) and watching over us, and having a cheers. All my love xxx Sim Leyden (and all the Leyden family) xxx

  77. Such a beautiful service for a beautiful lady.
    Thank you for allowing me to be a part of her farewell.

  78. What a beautiful service in honour of a very fine lady. Tennyson, our thoughts are with you and your family at this very sad time. love Jilly & Tim Bryant. x

  79. My sincere condolences to Allan, Angela, Tennyson, her daughter and sons, extended family, and friends.
    May all find solace in the treasured memories shared, holding Janine forever in our hearts.

    ‘Definition of Loving’
    Thank you for love, no matter what its outcome,
    that leads us to the window in the dark,
    that adds another otherness to others,
    that holds out stars as if they were first diamonds
    found in a mine that had been long closed down,
    that hands out suns and makes us ask each morning:
    What else do we need, picnickers in time?

    Thank you for love that does not hang on answers,
    that says, ‘Enough’s enough, to love is plenty …’
    —by such signs do we know the world exists,
    amo ergo sum, thank you for that.

    The miles, the years, the lives that lie between
    —they always lay there, and they always will,
    but look, the loved one spans that dizzy distance
    by the act of being, and we lovers turn
    our faces steadily thou-wards as a field
    of sunflowers like a tracking station turns,
    charting its meaning by the westering sun.

    —Bruce Dawe (1930–2020)

  80. That was a beautiful service, filled with colour and love which summed up Janine. We will greatly miss her at the Stadium and her memory will live on.

  81. My deepest condolences to all. It was a beautiful service. I knew Plum through William Angliss College and will not forget her beautiful personality.

  82. Janine, thank you for looking after us at Ambulance Victoria – our graduation ceremonies will never be the same under your management. Much love.

  83. Much Love Janine – may your spirit, laughter & vino continue to flow in the skies above. Our sympathy and best to Teno & family. Love Mick & Ali O’Dea xx

  84. I will miss having a scone and sitting next to Neens at her desk helping her find the cheapest prices on all the presents she wanted to buy Tenno.

    Rest easy.

    Love, Dylan Arora.

  85. I was heartbroken to learn of Janine’s passing. Praying for you and your family that you may find a way to heal.

    Rig Villarias (ex-MSL staff)

  86. Teno,

    Condolences to you and families. I am very sorry that the current situation prevents me from attending in person (all very odd).

    Please pass on my very best wishes to your mum and sisters as well.

    I hope that we can catch up soon in person and share a beer.


  87. My deepest condolences. Thank you Janine, it was truly my absolute pleasure to know you and to be part of the functions family. Thanks for all the laughs and hugs. JP xo

  88. Janine, I will forever miss the great laughs we had and the numerous times we broke the printer together. The banter combined with your smile and positivity was infectious and it was a pleasure to know you.

  89. My most sincere and heart felt condolences to all family, friends and colleagues on the very sad passing of Janine. May the memories of Janine help you find peace. May the passage of time heal your grief.
    May you find comfort in loving memories. My family extends to you our deepest sympathies.

    1. Hi Tenno and family
      Thank you for allowing me to be with you via streaming. May you be at peace.
      I cried too

  90. I am privileged to have had a beautiful friend like Janine in my life, it will not be the same without her smile and graciousness. She was truly a very special person and always fun to be with. I hope they have lots of Savvy B waiting for you Mrs Byrnes. Deepest sympathy to you Tenno, I know what a special pair you were.

    Lee and Anthony xxx

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