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39 comments on “John Sewell”

  1. Thank you for a lovely walk down memory lane with John. He loved his photos & his music, & he certainly loved his family & friends. A couple of those tunes (the non-classical) reminded me of country dances, so no doubt that style reminded John of Dunnolly days. To Dianne, Alison & Lynne, you did a wonderful job with the service, & John would have been so proud of Alison, Lucy & Evie playing the last track. Apologies for late comment but I didn’t see this section on Tues.

    1. Thanks Pam. John was so delighted to see you. He loved his family.
      Di and family

  2. My deepest sympathy to Aunty Di, Alison, Lynne and families on the passing of Gruncle John. Thank you for sharing this service x

    1. Lovely to hear from you Lauren. “Gruncle” touched a heartstring.
      Graunty Di and family

  3. Many thanks for the review of John’s life and slide show. My sincere condolences to you Dianne, Lyn, Alison and families. I will ring and catch up with you Di, at a later date. I have let Marion, Margaret, Rosalie and Annette know about John’s passing.


  4. Sorry we could not be there.
    Enjoyed the musical choices.
    Well done Alsion, Lucy and Evie.
    Condolence to all
    from Sally & Anthony and Duff clan

  5. Well done to you all on such a lovely tribute to John . Thank goodness for photos as they bring back so many memories and snap shots of all the years shared together. We must add that we didn’t even mind his choice of music. There’s nothing like a good variation when it comes to music. Etc. Lucy , Evie and Allison finished the service off very nicely with their beautiful playing. ………. “With all our love and Best Wishes and thank you for live streaming we may not have been there in the flesh but consider us by your side”. ❤️ Jenny & Ian XX

  6. To: Dianne and family.

    Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your husband, father and grandfather John .
    I first met and worked with John at Flinders street ‘ D ‘ signal box and then at Metrol. We shared a lot of good times along the way especially considering that we both barracked for Carlton. We will miss him at our R.A.C.V. gathering, but we will certainly not forget him. May god bless you all.
    Yours truly
    Gary and Lilian Farrugia

    1. Thank you Gary and Lilian. Keep him in your memory.
      Dianne and family

  7. Such a wonderful service full of love and beautiful memories. We all shed many tears. John would be very proud of you all. Love to you all. Nita, Joan, Peter, Greg, Samantha and families xxx

  8. To Dianne Alison, Lynne and families

    What a beautiful service, we were with you all the way. The lovely photos brought back many happy memories of the years gone by.

    Our happy times together in Dunolly with Auntie May and Uncle Ern, Len, Nita and John will be forever part of us.

    Thanks for including our family in your wonderful service.

    Thinking of you all at this sad time

    Take care

    Love from Lorraine, Robert, George and Naomi xxxx

    1. Thank you for being with us. A large part of John was always in the bush.
      Di and family

  9. A great mate and a gentleman condolences to the great family left behind
    From Jack Blanco and Charlie Malhotra

  10. Dear Aunty Di, Alison, Lynne, Alistair, Nigel, Lucy and Evie,
    Sorry that we were unable to be with you in person but glad that we were able to support you in a small way.
    The service was a loving tribute to Uncle John and a beautiful way to honour him and the impact he had in all our lives.
    We will miss him greatly. He will always hold a special place in our hearts.
    Sending you all a virtual hug and kisses,
    Jan and Peter xx

  11. Thinking of you and your family at this very moment and extend our deepest sympathy on the loss of John.

    1. Thank you Howard and Glenys for keeping John in your memories.
      Dianne and family

  12. Dear Aunty Dianne, Alison and Lynne,

    What a beautiful service you held for Uncle John. I loved seeing all the photos of his lovely life with you all. My thoughts and love are with you at this time.
    Even though its been a long time, I still remember the sacredness of the music room. I think I only ever got to go in there once.
    Lots of love,

    Tania Machar

  13. Thank you very much for all the wonderful memories.

    Love to you all, Dianne & Alan

  14. Dear Dianne and family,

    that’s a wonderful memory and summary of John’s life. To his many friends, it is the memory of working with him, and discussing his very eclectic music interests that will remain in our memories.

    The music selected reminded me of a tape, long since worn out, of a recording of French Hunting Horns in a Paris cathedral, one of many musical interludes I enjoyed with John when he was at Flinders St B Box.

    My commiserations to you and the family, as John will be missed, but fondly remembered by all,


    1. Thank you Philip for your back-up. John had the greatest respect for you.
      Dianne and family

  15. Our thoughts are with you today and always Auntie Di, Alison, Lynne, Alistair, Nigel, Lucy and Evie. We will remember Uncle John with fondness and love. He holds a special place in our hearts. Love from Kerri, Mike, Justin and Stephanie xxx

  16. Fitting farewell to a long time friend. Our thoughts are with you Di at this difficult time. I’m sure your family will be a great comfort.
    Jenn & Ross

  17. Hi Aunty Di, Alison & Lyn,
    It was great to be able to view Uncle John’s service today. It was put together beautifully and thoughtfully.
    Lots of great photos.
    Thinking of you all.

  18. Dinney and family, thank you for making it possible to join with you in saying goodbye to John. Our love and thoughts are with you all. Alan, Patti and family

  19. My memories of John are nothing but happy and fun at Metrol, a real railwayman with a ton of old railway stories.
    Rest in piece my friend

  20. John was a great mate who I grew up with in Dunolly.
    Looking forward to hearing about his life story.
    Will be remembered by me all my life.

  21. John Sewell, what an absolute gentleman.
    I had the pleasure of working with John at Metrol before he retired. He was a good signalman (Area Controller / TC 4) old school and real true blue.
    My sincere condolences to Mrs Sewell and family.

    Rick Conomy.

  22. I am saddened by the passing of John who was my best childhood friend.

    My sympathy to his family from
    Ron Calder.

    1. Thank you. He fondly remembered the mine shafts and mullock heaps.
      Dianne and family

    2. Thank you. He fondly remembered the mine shafts and mullock heaps.
      Dianne and family

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