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    1. Dear Amanda,

      Thank you for your kind comments. Its been a tough time and was touched that you joined us in celebrating John’s life. sincerely Jackie

  1. Deepest sympathy to John’s family. In 2016 it was great to talk to John, at length, at a football reunion in Bairnsdale where we met and played together in the 60’s. And again in the late 70’s at Wy Yung Football Club. John was genuine person who acknowledged all those he knew in the past and present. He set a fine example to all, a true gentleman who is sadly missed.


    1. Dear Carol and Cliff,

      Thankyou for taking the time to watch the celebration of John’s life and the kind comments you left on the site. John loved catching up with Meerlieu Bengworden friends. Jackie xx

  2. A wonderful tribute to a great man,deepest sympathy to all the family, a fitting & beautiful service. Lots of love to you Matt Sam & kids,
    regards all the Smiths Rendelsham

  3. Jackie my heart is breaking for you and your family at the loss of John. He was the loveliest of men, a true gentleman and always lovely to me in the past. I know you will be missing him so much and I can only try to imagine the depths of your loss. You are in my thoughts now and always. Take care of yourselves and know that he was much loved by all that knew him no matter how long their acquaintance.

    All my love

    Karen Heady

    1. Dear Karen,
      Thankyou for your beautiful comments left on the funeral site. So pleased you joined us watching the celebration of John’s life. Its been a tough time as he was only diagnosed in January. Yes he was fond of my Social Work friends and you took such great care of me overseas. Lots of lovely memories. Love and virtual Hugs Jackie

    1. Dear Claire,

      Thankyou for the lovely comment you left about the service we held for John. So hard and exhausting as you well know. Will ring and catch up with Joan and you all one day. Love Jackie xx

  4. It was great to share in the life of a wonderful humble Man . My thoughts are with you guys.
    You gave him a great send off . I was very lucky to play football and cricket with him and then have him as a client in the rural Buisness.
    In recent times , He used to drop into my Richmond shop on his walks and his visits to the vet.
    I cherish that time we reminisced about the old Gippsland days .i will look forward to the Melbourne tussock jumper catch in August.. I am proud and honoured that he was part of my life .
    He was in my eyes a Legend and a Great Great Man . Alllan Morrison

  5. Watching all the way from Brisbane ( Katherine) and Inverloch ( Anne). It was a privilege to be with you and dear John today. What a beautiful and truly authentic memory of John and his life. So lovely to see a gorgeous family gathering together to love and honor such a wonderful person. He will be sadly missed . Our love and sympathies, Katherine and Anne xxoo

    1. Thank you Katherine and Anne. We all have fond memories of the farm days. Jackie, Jonathan, Matthew and Mia xx

  6. Dear Jackie, Johnathan, Mathew, Mia and family

    It was a beautiful send off for John. He was a very loved family member and friend to everyone who knew him. Thinking of you all. He will be deeply missed.

    .Love always from Liz, Lily and Alayna Attrill

    1. Dear Liz

      Thankyou so much for all your phone calls of support and the lovely comment you left after the funeral. The children saw all the comments and were so pleased he was so well remembered. Its been such an exhausting experience but look fwd to catching up soon. I hope you are okay and send love and hugs Jackie & family xx

  7. Lots of love to Jackie, Mia and family ❤️
    From, Kalam, Tulip, Anusheh and Kaeden

  8. With deepest sympathy as you remember John.
    Beautiful service. I’m sure he would be so proud of you all.

  9. Despite your prediction Jackie, the Service was anything but boring! Appreciated the heartfelt contributions from your many friends and family that we would endorse. He lives on with us too.
    When the restrictions are lifted we will have a drink or two with you in Richmond. We will raise our glasses to John tonight.
    Love and Condolences from Ken and Jules XX

  10. We are so pleased to have been able to attend John’s service via video link and he was given a wonderful tribute by you all. Our deepest sympathy Jackie, Jon, Mathew & Mia and families on the very sad loss of John. He gave us our farming start with our leasing of “Garoogong” and sharing of his wisdom in sheep management and good farming practices. He will be sadly missed,
    Ian, Pam, Lorren, Reagan, Sherridan Kyle and their families

  11. Rip beautiful john – that was such a lovely personal service – we love you. Ruth Trevor & family x.
    sadly we were unable to be there today but let me assure you that we were there in spirit, Love to the family from Ray &Chris

  12. Thankyou for sharing a beautiful farewell to one of nature’s gentlemen and a good friend.
    We wish we could have been present.
    Caring love and thoughts.
    Jeanette and Rex Blennerhassett

  13. To Dear Jackie, John, Matthew, Mia and family

    The service was beautiful and was so nice hearing all the wonderful stories and words from everyone. John will never be forgotten in our lives and all the memories we have of him will last forever.

    My biggest memory of him was as a teenager when we were at the Bengworden Barn Dance. I couldn’t wait to dance with him as I think I had a bit of a crush on him (I’ve never told anyone that) A bit embarrassing now but the memory is still here….

    Love and thoughts


  14. Just as we remember John, …… ‘the most genuine ,honest and generous of gentlemen’

    Love to you Jackie and your family

    Peter & Sharyne Hudd

  15. Dear Jackie and family,

    Thank you for sharing John’s funeral service via live streaming. It certainly made me feel like I was participating in his final farewell.

    Love to you all,

    Lesley and Dick xx

  16. A wonderful tribute to an amazing man. We will always remember you John, and cherish the memories we have created and shared with you xx
    All our love and hugs to Jackie, Jon, Matt, Mia and families xx
    RIP John

  17. Farewell our beautiful friend JB – thank you for your friendship. You will live in our hearts forever
    Thinking of you Jackie and fami,y .xxx

  18. What a beautiful send off to a much loved gentleman! Love to you all.
    Sarah-Lou and family xxx

  19. Dear Jackie
    Beautiful service John was much loved by all.Lovely to see your family support which you will need.
    Margaret and Ken

  20. One of life’s true gentleman, may you Rest in Peace John.
    Love to Jackie and family
    Steve, Jenny and family

  21. Heartfelt condolences. With all our love, the COTTIER Family. . . . Peter, Debbie and Joshua xxxx

  22. Mia & family what a beautiful celebration of your Dads life. What man indeed. Lots of love to you all. x

  23. Rest In Peace John. Thank you for your friendship. We have so many memories.

    We will miss you in Blairgowrie and Richmond – always out walking your adorable Darcy.

  24. Hi Jackie
    We were so impressed with the service and tributes to John and your family. What a lovely man, he will be missed. Condolences to you and your family. Love Tony & Kay.

    1. Thank you Tony & Kay for your lovely comments. Jackie, Jonathan, Matthew and Mia

  25. Really sorry to hear of John’s passing. My heart goes out to you Jackie and the family. Lots of memories of great times with you both at the Goodies and later chats over lunch.
    Sending you all my sincere sympathy and a big hug.
    Love Maree

    1. Hi Maree
      Lovely to read your comments on the funeral sight.
      A big hug back
      Jackie xx

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