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29 comments on “Michael Coultas”

  1. A highly respected diplomat, raconteur and very entertaining friend. RIP Michael, we will miss you. Nigel and Diana Hamley

  2. Geoffrey and I have had a lot of fun with Judy and Michael over the years, Geoffrey was the second best man at their wedding ,with Digby.
    We shall miss him a lot and are happy to have had so much time over the years laughing and drinking his martinis.
    Love to you all and to his great love and support Judy.
    Ann Waite

  3. That was a really beautiful service. Thank you for making it possible for me to share in it remotely. And I’m So glad that Manda managed an exemption and to get there at the last minute. I in truth only met Michael a handful of times, but through long friendship with Manda I felt like I knew him much better than that.

    As always at funerals I learned things. I did not know he was the grandson of an Anglican minister. I knew he loved gardening but I did not know that frogs and butterflies were particular passions.

    Wonderful that Min and Jo, unavoidably unable to be there, were so much present too. That was a lovely piece of writing that David read, and I loved the collection of images too.,

    I always wanted to see Michael’s garden on the Mornington Peninsula. I never managed it in his lifetime.



  4. Dear Judy, Cathy and all the Coultas family,
    Thank you for sharing your precious memories of Michael. We appreciated being part of this special service for Michael.
    Michael was a good friend to our father, Brian, visiting him regularly after he had a stroke, so thoughtful and caring to Dad and to Mum (Shirley) a very dear cousin.
    We will miss Michael, such a warm and engaging gentleman.
    We send you our love at this sad time.
    Jane and Leigh

  5. What a beautiful service for Michael, filled with the music he so enjoyed.
    He was always well loved and beautifully looked after by Judy.
    Lou, Jamie, Charlotte and Josie

  6. Such a moving ceremony, so fitting for the Michael we knew. A talented, successful, gracious, gentle man, who gave warm and sincere friendship and encouragement for our work within Australia Sri Lanka Council. No one’s contribution could match Michael’s, but his appreciation for our efforts kept us together. There were times of real achievement – especially the sending of two catheter laboratories to Sri Lanka, free of charge,. All credit to Rotary, Phillips and Michael and our team for making this project happen.

    Our thoughts are with you.

  7. A really nice send off to a great guy. I am drinking a glass of ginger beer to wish him another happy journey.

  8. Dear Judy and family,
    We will remember Michael for his kindness, his smile and his way to make you feel at ease. We will also remember Michael’s passion for his garden, a paradise for plants, frogs and butterflies, and for his rich collection of stories gathered during his and Judy’s travels.
    Our thoughts and love are with you all at this difficult time.
    Nicole, Bruce, Corinne, JP Miller and Jarrod Drager

  9. Hi Judy, Kathy & familY.
    Michael was a passionate gentleman & a great Rotarian who always extended a hand for the community and to the less fortunate people of the world and to Sri Lanka in particular.
    May he Rest in Peace
    Mani Seneviratne
    Past District Governor
    Rotary international
    District 9790

  10. Dearest Judy and extended Coultas family –
    I have known Michael for many years and am thinking of you all at this very sad time. It has been an absolute honour to have known Michael, as you know, he was a most charming gentle soul. His assistance to me on my Board when I was President of Rotary Club of Mornington was very much appreciated – Michael will be sorely missed.
    Bless Michael and you all –
    Pauline McFarlane

  11. Heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to you all in this time of sorrow. May his memories be a blessing to all. We salute you Michael, RIP
    Sam & Bronwyn

  12. Dear Manda, Kath, Jonathan, Min and families, what a wonderful service and tribute to such a marvellous man, who will be deeply missed! He would have been so proud of you all today! My sincere condolences to you all at this very sad time.
    Lots of love,
    Ness x

  13. Such a beautiful and fitting service for Michael. His was a life full of family, love and adventure. He must have been so proud of you all.

  14. Dear Judy and family,

    It has been an honour to partake in the lovely service of memory for dear Michael and the lovely 31 years

    of marriage you enjoyed,

    With our love Trish and Mick

  15. Hi Judy & Family,

    We were very sad to hear of Michael’s passing. He was a wonderful man, so knowledgeable and interesting with so many stories to tell of his immense experiences. We always enjoyed his company and talking with him. He was a a kind person and a thorough gentleman. He will be sadly missed by us.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Sincerest condolences.

    Bronwen & Peter Lardner

  16. Judy,
    My eternal regret is not knowing Michael for longer,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    With deepest regards and sympathy.
    John Paterson.

  17. Dear Judy and all of Michael’s family,
    We will miss Michael very much. From a young age I remember him rushing into Uxbridge full of energy, warmth, and interest in all of us – particularly his cousin, my mother Shirley Lander (Harper). I remember his speeches and his humour.
    Georgie and I loved having Michael and Judy at our wedding at Andrew’s and Sue’s farm near Dumbalk. We also appreciated very much his visits to Shirley and Brian when they were in care at Faversham House in Canterbury – they always enjoyed seeing him. Our love and condolences to all the family.
    Ned Lander & Georgie McClean

  18. Peter and I send our love and best wishes to you all. Michael was a much loved and respected member of the Abrecht Family.
    All the van Rompaey Family send their love and thoughts.
    Michele Sharples

  19. Dear Judy and Family,

    We have very much enjoyed the lovely service in memory of Michael and your beautiful contribution.

    With our love and deepest sympathy,

    Trish and Mick

  20. Dear Judy

    Thinking of Michael in the context of the AIIA’s tour of Turkey and Gallipoli where he kindly engaged me as the tour leader. Such a great, enjoyable and productive time was had by all the AIIA members who joined the tour. The friendship between the Australians and the Turks was lifted another notch, thanks to Michael. Wishing you and the family, courage and patience in the coming difficult times.

    Keep safe

    John Basarin

  21. Dear Judy and Michael’s family,
    That was a truly moving, wonderful tribute to a great man. Oh, the photos and the music…
    Michael was a hero of mine; dignified, statesmanlike, intelligent, funny, caring, passionate about everything. He was both a gentleman and a gentle man.
    He was a great inspiration in life and business to me…after today I am also further inspired to be the best father and “Pop” that I can be!
    RIP, Michael

  22. Dear Judy & Family,

    So sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. We wish you much comfort and many happy memories of him to get you through this difficult time.

    He will be missed by his many friends from the Mornington Central Probus group (Survivors group) and Mount Martha Probus Group.

    Sincere Condolences.

    Probus Friends

  23. Hatice H Basarin OAM
    Hi Judy and family
    Our deepest condolences to you and all your loved ones.
    Michael will be remembered as a courteous and valuable member of the Australian Institute of International Affairs and an astute debater of issues in that field along with all his many achievements. He was a doting partner of Judy whom we will always still be imagined right next to her whenever we are in her presence into the future.
    May you all find solace in your many fond memories of him. Thinking of you all…
    Hatice Basarin OAM and John Basarin OAM

  24. Dear Judi and all Coultas family,

    On behalf of The Kaocharern, I would like to pay final respect to Michael who treated me as one of his children. His word of wisdoms will always be with me. His kindness and generosity always be remembered.


  25. I have known Michael for over thirty years, and have long admired his devotion to his family and the many causes and groups he supported. As my brother in law, he helped me move into my unit, set up the garden and always supported my activities. We will never forget his kindness and courtesy to all. We are thankful that Judy has been able to provide his last few years with so much love and care. Sadly missed.

  26. Dear Judy, I am thinking of you. And Michael was one of the most elegant, informed and charming man I have ever known. My Kevin thought so highly of him too. Roma

  27. Hi, Judy and Michael’s extended family,

    Michael and I have had an extensive entertaining friendship and he will be missed by us all.

    We are thinking of you all at this difficult time for both family and the community.


    Andrew and Dale

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