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  1. Only heard today about Johns passing. I only knew him briefly but he was an inspiring individual and a lovely soul to boot. He did so much in so little time and his impact will be felt for years to come. My deepest condolences to his family. I will miss him. Nat

  2. Sending all my love to you Jo, and dearest Immy and Mia…. what a beautiful farewell you have given to your dad. Jo – I’ll always remember those evenings drinking Tasmania’s best pinot and eating big slabs of Whittakers during your stay with us, and having fun at the beach… and John making me laugh with his brilliant, British humour….. huge hugs to you all xxxxxx

  3. On behalf of everyone at the Department of Radiation Oncology at Peter Mac, can I express our deepest sympathy and condolences at John’s passing to John’s family and friends.

    We are heartbroken at John’s untimely departure. John was a caring doctor and a pioneering researcher in the area of radio-immunotherapy. His research over many years will help thousands of patients with prostate cancer. John will be deeply missed by his colleagues and patients alike. John’s presence brought warmth to all his colleagues and he is deeply missed at our Sunshine and Parkville Campuses, across the Peter Mac network and beyond.

    From all your colleagues at Peter Mac Radiation Oncology.

    Rest in peace in John.

  4. i was a patient of johns since 2014.he was such a lovely guy.will miss not seeing him at in peace john.

  5. As one of John’s PhD supervisors at the Royal Free Hospital, where he was working with Prof Richard Begent, I found him bright, funny and a joy to have around. He will be a great loss to the medical profession, and personally to all who loved him. His wonderful photographs are a worthy memento to his life.
    Prof Barbara Pedley

  6. I was with John at Med school and always remember him as just a fun lively character who always had an unusual take on things .We all shared the journey from callow youths into budding doctors together.
    John spoke to me for ages at our last reunion and hadn’t changed a bit. His photography is amazing and I have sent the pics on to many friends.
    He definitely hadn’t become middle aged and retained his love for life and people and especially his girls.
    Farewell John and thank you for enriching our lives .
    Ave Atque Vale

  7. So sorry to hear of John’s passing. I knew him from his uni days and will always remember him as being colourful, quirky, talented and unique. He has left a wonderful legacy in his groundbreaking work, beautiful photography and lovely family. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I hope they will find comfort in knowing so many people cared about him and will miss him.

  8. Dear Jo, Imi and Mia,

    A beautiful, touching service for John, such a talented, multifaceted remarkable human.

    All our love and strength to you now and always.

    Xx Jacqui, Saskia and Louis

  9. I worked with John many years ago in Wellington. He was instrumental in the completion of my MSc and one of the best doctors I have had the privilege to work with. I have since met up with him again in Melbourne and wish our paths crossed more often.


  10. I have worked with John for the last 9yrs at the Sunshine Radiation Therapy Centre. The centre will never be the same without you. You will be missed but never forgotten and forever in our hearts. Until we meet again John May you rest in eternal peace

  11. John, we will miss you very much. You have been a friend and for that we will be forever thankful. You’ve left us with a cinema of memories, but I was hoping for lots more to come. Jo, Mia and Imogen the day was a send off to be remembered. Take care. He will always be so proud.
    Love Paul, Vanessa, Jack and Austin.

  12. Dear Jo, Mia and Imogen,
    It was a sad privilege to be part of John’s goodbye. The presentations you put together were a wonderful reflection of him. Perfect that photographs and music were central. Music, his camera, some cheese, chorizo and a good bottle of red – we’re pretty sure that our days together in London (only every six weeks) mostly revolved around John’s pleasures. The four of us together is a time that will always be with us. The refections of his colleagues reminded us how diligent and caring John was. We will always remember John as a gentle guy who laughed easily and had a deep love for you all.
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    All our love,
    Jude and Michael

  13. John was such a generous colleague and person. He was never too busy to help or share advice (even when he was, in fact, extremely busy!) and he always thought of innovative ways to get the best possible outcomes for his patients- who thought he was wonderful. As junior colleagues we all benefited from his kind words of encouragement, his lively tales of his own junior years, and his memorably brilliant teaching. Many of his pearls of wisdom have sprung to mind in the last fortnight, and we are sad that there will be no more.

    His love for his daughters was so clear always and that was epitomised by today’s tributes. My condolences to his family, and thanks for letting us join today.

  14. Dear John, may you find the peace and rest and light of Grace. Prayers to your beautiful daughters; to Jo and your family and all your friends around the world. It was a privilege to have known you the last 8 years. You will be missed.

  15. Dear Jo, Mia and Imogen,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult and sad time.
    We shared some good times with John and he will always be fondly remembered.
    Take care of each other.
    Love, Linda

  16. A truly beautiful and fitting tribute to John. Our deepest sympathy & our sincere thanks for allowing us to be involved with his send off. John’s friendly, caring and sharing nature will be greatly missed by the Sunshine Radiotherapy team.

  17. Dearest Jo, Mia and Imi,
    Sending you all so much love and many hugs.
    May John rest in peace.
    With love Charlotte, Jon and Cescy xxx

  18. John was a true gentleman of style, with a warm smile. As a fellow pom, we had a good connection when I worked for him at Sunshine, and I will always remember his love and passion for his work. The world has lost a great doctor. RIP John.

  19. Dearest Jo, Mia and Imi,
    Sending you all so much love and many hugs.
    May John rest in peace

  20. Goodbye to our dearest friend,
    John was such an immense person that bought such happiness to our lives.
    He always made me laugh and think deeper about our lives, we had such wonderful times together.
    To darling Jo, Mia and Imi – we are sending you all our love and support.
    We will miss him forever.

    Love Jill, Sophie and Grace.

  21. Dearest Jo, Mia and Imogen

    Words cannot express how very saddened we are for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and Edward during this difficult time. May John forever Rest In Peace and his memory and love always burn bright in your hearts. His wonderful achievements are a lasting legacy to be proud of. He will be missed by us all and our memories of John will be forever cherished.

    With Much Love
    Tom, Kathy, Amelia & Scarlett

  22. To John’s family, thank you for your wonderful tributes to his memory today. I am so sorry for your loss and grief for what could have been. He was an amazing gentleman. I first met John when we were paired together to sit the viva for the FRANZCR exams in 2012. I remember he was wearing a Dolce & Gabbana suit! I then got to know him as a colleague when I started at Petermac the next year.
    It seems obvious today that his daughters have inherited some of his talent – they are a lovely tribute to their parents.
    I pray that you are cared for and comforted at this time.
    Love Jacki

  23. I worked with John at Sunshine and I will never forget his warm smile, impeccable dress sense, quirky sense of humour and his way of connecting with everyone by being strikingly open and honest about everything. He definitely marched to the beat of his own drum and that is what we loved most about him. My deepest condolences go out to his family and closest friends at this time. Thank you for allowing us to be part of this service as it was so beautiful and thoughtful. RIP John xx

  24. Dear John, it was a privilege to be called your friend. We will remember the good good times, the Mansfield Road days and the everlasting bonds of true friendship that we all forged. Your energy and brilliance lives on in your daughters who were your world. Goodbye dear gentle friend, gone but never forgotten.

  25. John was greatly admired and respected by the brachytherapy team. It was an honour and a privilege to work with him. To know John was to be part of his life and we all felt we were part of it. John will always be remembered fondly by us all.
    Sylvia van Dyk, Margaret Garth, Angelo Tzovaras, Ashley Uhm, Cate Sproston

  26. Dear Jo, Mia and Imogen

    Our heartfelt sympathies during this very sad passing of our friend and colleague, John.
    He was an excellent doctor who was respected by all. He will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace. Our deepest condolences,
    Faye Dolkas and the Royal Melbourne Hospital Urology department.

  27. John, we will miss your intellect, wit and panache. You were a valued friend and colleague. Rest in Peace.

  28. Dear Jo, Mia and Imi

    A beautiful tribute to a man who has left a huge and lasting legacy. Thinking of you all and sending our love.

    Tom, Zoë, Sulia and Mâlo

  29. That was a beautiful celebration of John’s (way too short) life Jo. He was unique; funny, kind, humble, unpretentious and gifted in so many ways. It’s so lovely to see that you – Mia and Imogen – have inherited some of his wonderful qualities. He absolutely adored you and I am desperately sorry for you all. Cherish your special memories and hold each other close. I miss you JV..

    Lots of love Charles, Brian, Daisy, Poppy and Ruby

  30. A lovely service. Mia’s song was beautiful. The service was a tribute to John. A privilege to be able to see it on livestream – thank you.
    Sincere condolences to John’s family.
    John and I were SpRs together at Barts.
    Goodbye dear friend.
    Lots of love

  31. Dear John, I will miss our Friday morning chats and your exceptional suits, you were a very valued part of our team and we will all miss you greatly. Sending lots of love to Jo, Mia and Imi

  32. It was a privilege to be able to join this celebration of the John’s life. A gentle human being who walked between art and science in his own unique and creative way. He will be missed by so many. My thoughts are with you

  33. Dear Jo, Mia, and Imi,

    We cannot express how sad we are for your loss. And ours, John was a dear friend and one of the most remarkable at that. Always generous of spirit and time, always looking for what life had to offer. We were so lucky to have found you all in London, those many years back when Mia was just born. We have many memories of our time together and will cherish them always.

    Love always,
    Erin, Simon, Evan and Stella

  34. A beautiful service for a beautiful man, we will miss you dearly in radiotherapy at PeterMac. Rest in peace John.

  35. Hi John, I had such fun hanging out with you, your humour, style, music and will miss our long weekend chats. xx

  36. John, warm and kind, your unique and wonderful personality shone bright to those you met. Rest peacefully mate.

  37. As the Site Manager of the Sunshine Hospital Radiation Therapy Centre, please accept my sincere condolences. All of us here are saddened by the loss of John. John was an amazing doctor and a dear friend and colleague and he will be truly missed at Sunshine.

  38. What a beautiful service, I am so sorry for your loss. I’ve worked with John for the past 9 years, and the place here just isn’t the same without him, I still expect him to walk in and light up the room with his stories and smile at any moment. He is so missed by us all, a great man and doctor, one of a kind x

  39. I was fortunate enough to work with John for the last 10 years at sunshine. I always looked forward to seeing him, his vibrant suits and eagerness for a chat will be sorely missed. You are one of a kind John, rest in piece.
    Thankyou to Jo and the girls for letting us be a part of this beautiful send off.

  40. Dear Jo
    Our thoughts are with you all during this sad and difficult time.
    John was a great man and neighbour
    All our love Joe and Rosa

  41. What a touching & beautiful tribute to an incredible Man.
    Sending love to all.
    Love from
    Angel, Ben & Lili

  42. Dear Jo, Mia and Ims,

    What a special and beautiful tribute to John’s (too short) life.

    Thinking of you all with your loss.

    Love and hugs,


  43. John was such a unique and brilliant person. It’s clear that he will be missed professionally and I know that we will miss him personally. Seeing his girls pay such lovely tribute to him, and seeing the amazing photo montage that he put together in his lifetime, it’s clear that it was a life well lived and that he had a wondrous adventure.

    We’re so sorry for your loss and our thoughts are with you.

    Paul and Shana x

  44. It was a pleasure to have enjoyed Johns company in recent years at Western hospital He was a true gentlemen very caring for his patients welfare gentle and kind with a subtle English sense of humor I would like to pass my deepest sympathies to his family

  45. It was a pleasure to have enjoyed Johns company in recent years at Western hospital He was a true gentlemen very caring for his patients welfare gentle and kind with a subtle English sense of humor I would like to pass my deepest sympathies to his family

  46. Dear Jo, Imi and Mia,
    Our thoughts are with you. John was such a lovely, wonderful person with a kind and generous spirit. We will miss him and we wish you strength and courage in this very difficult time.
    All our love, Ruben, Felicity, Luisa and Claudia xxx

  47. I worked with John at Peter Mac in the urology clinic. As an ex pat Pom too we had common ground. He was fun to work with and I will always remember his quirky style (that beautiful cord suit, his leather briefcase and fountain pen). He will be sorely missed.

  48. Dear Mia & Imi,

    I don’t know whether you remember me but I came to visit your father on a Saturday morning just before the Stage 4 lockdown and we had such a lovely lunch together. We shared a mutual interest in music and I subsequently gave John a copy of a CD by my band The Dandies.

    I was not able to view the whole service due to technical difficulties but I did hear your song, Mia, which had resonances of the 80’s music you used to enjoy listening to with your father. Very impressive and wonderfully unique in style. John would have been so proud.

    Your father and I had not known each other for long (about 18 months), and the above mentioned occasion was the first time we socialised outside of work.

    It saddens me deeply that this was our only meeting that my friendship with your father has ended before it really began. John was tremendously good company, wore his credentials lightly, and we had a range of shared interests only recently discovered.

    All the best to the both of you and to your Mother.

  49. Dear Jo, Imi, Mia and Edward,

    A beautiful celebration of the full and creative life of John. I’m sad for your loss and sending enormous love to you all for this new journey into healing.

    Love Anna Foley

  50. Dear John

    I will miss our discussions. I miss your humour and our last minute chats. I will definitely miss you and will remember you.

  51. Dear Jo and family,
    I worked with John for the past ten years at Peter Mac and loved every single minute that I spent in his company. He was the most fantastic doctor, researcher, colleague and friend. We are all heartbroken for you and send our condolences.

    Declan Murphy and all in GU Oncology at Peter Mac

  52. Dear Jo, Mia and Imi,
    As we watch this service from Peter Mac we send our deepest sympathy. John will be sorely missed as a key contributor and friend to our team and our work.
    Kindest regards,
    Mark Scalzo, Elizabeth Medhurst, James Buteau, Knight Dhiantravan & Annette Van Der Heyden

    1. Jo, Mia and Imi,
      Jonny and I were at the Royal Free with John. We are so, so sorry. The service was beautiful and your talk was so moving and truthful Jo.
      With love Jo Black and Jonathan Hindley

  53. It is so sad to say good bye to Dr. John Violet. We lost a good doctor and and a good colleague. But we will remember he saved so many people’s life and his contribution to medicine forever.

  54. Love to Johnny’s sisters Julie and Mary who I knew from St Joseph’s primary school in Wesham in the UK. And also to his family in Australia. I’m so grateful to have had the chance to share this service with you all. Wishing you all a peaceful night / afternoon. May Johnny rest in peace now.

    Lynda Bradley.

  55. You were an extraordinary Doctor and clinical researcher. Your patients benefited so much from your excellent care and you were quietly prolific
    We as colleagues will miss your dry but vibrant humour and great style!
    You have left the world a better place and we pray your girls learn how brilliant and caring you were

    1. It was a pleasure to have enjoyed Johns company in recent years at Western hospital He was a true gentlemen very caring for his patients welfare gentle and kind with a subtle English sense of humor I would like to pass my deepest sympathies to his family

  56. Dear Jo,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you and your girls go through this dreadful time.

    So much love,

    Jane and Stephen Spencer

  57. I was proud to have known and worked with John. He made such a difference to so many. And not just in Medicine. My thoughts are with all the family, and with his soul.
    Gillian Duchesne

  58. Dearest Jo, Mia, Imi and Edward

    We are so heartbroken at the loss of your darling John. We have so many wonderful memories of our times with you all throughout the school years we will hold close to our hearts. We hold you all in our thoughts at this very difficult time.

    All our love Jay, Belinda, Camilla, Sienna and Zara Cohen

  59. I worked with John at Peter Mac Sunshine. He was a true gentleman and a great doctor. I am very sorry for your loss.

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