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  1. I felt so saddened to learn of Mike’s passing. I worked with Mike on a few projects (as his client) and chatted with him from time to time for many years after the work was done. He was an excellent geophysicist, but more importantly, and even better person.

    My condolences to his friends and family.

  2. I was very sad to recently hear of the loss of our dear colleague Mike. He was the kind, calm, consummate professional. He was perhaps the first of his kind to successfully make a business from working at home. I can understand now, in this new era of working from home, that when I first saw his racks of computers ten years ago that he had installed in his home office in Kensington, that he was a pioneer who had already worked out how to spend more time with his family. He got the job done professionally and he always finished the meetings with a friendly coffee down the Kensington Station café. My heartfelt condolences to his family.

  3. Dearest Mikey, So sorry that Susan and I were not been able to attend your service in person. We have watched the video and it was beautiful and touching. We feel like we were there to also bid you farewell. We will wrap ourselves around Simone and Will as so many others will too so rest peacefully now my main man. All our love, Rob and Susan – x.

  4. Really friendly guy who was always willing to teach and show, patient and talented. I am saddened for your family’s loss and rest in piece Mike. Let me return the Melbourne lunch treat in the afterlife.

  5. Mike was such a kind and beautiful man, a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Sending all our love to Simone and Will

  6. To Simone and Will, Robyn and Sandi…
    So very sad for your loss. A beautiful service with lovely photos, reflections and memoirs… Mike, your youthful good looks, your gentle and kind nature, your adventurous and inquisitive spirit, as advocated by all who knew you, shall endure for eternity…

    Sincerely, Gary

  7. All our love goes out to you, Simone and Will. We’re truly sorry for the loss of your beloved husband and loving Dad. It was Jonathon who was lucky enough to know Michael. He would come home from a night with you all and tell us tales of Michael’s kindness and interesting conversation. It tells you something about how special Michael was when a teenager who doesn’t say much wants to talk about his friends Dad.
    I wish I had known him better, I hope I will be half as good and kind as Michael was.
    Fiona, Raymond, Jonathon and Sean

  8. Dear Simone and Will, we send you all of our love and thoughts. We are truly sorry for the loss of your beloved Husband and Loving Dad. It was our Jonathon who had the biggest luck and pleasure to meet Will’s Dad. He would come home happy with tales of how kind and interesting Mike had been ( as well as you Simone ) – and my pasta will never compare after he tasted Mike’s. You realise what a wonderful man he was when a grumpy teenage boy comes home and talks about his mate’s dad. I wish I had known him more, I know that I will try to be half as lovely as Mike.
    All our Love, Fiona, Raymond, Jonathon and Sean.

  9. Robin, Simone and Will, Michael must have been an exceptional man who we sadly never met. God’s Blessings to you on you loss. George & Val.

  10. Though I am family I only met Mike briefly in this life. When we were young then at Mum’s passing.
    Listening to this celebration of his life, I feel what a beautiful soul he is. My condolences to you Simone and Will, he will be there for you both forever. With Love.. Glenda Hartley

  11. A beautiful celebration of a truly wonderful person. Mike will be greatly missed however he will live on in the fabulous memories particularly spending many a New Years eve all together. Singing and dancing around the fire in the backyard at Sandy Rd. Simone- you are strong and brave and you showed that today. Much love to you and Will. Paula x

  12. Simone and Will,

    The service and photos summed up everything that was Mike. He will live on in our memories.

  13. Dear Simone and Will,

    Farewell to your beloved husband and father Mike.

    Thinking of you and, here for you always.


  14. A privilege to have had such-a perfect human in our lives. So accepting, funny, loyal…. Icould fill pages of words describing your exceptional attributes. Rest In Peace my precious cousin. So much love to you Simone, Will, Rob, Sandi and extended family. Victoria, Anthony,liam and Stella

  15. My heartfelt condolences to Mike’s family, deeply sorry for your loss.
    Mike was such a nice person , I was fortunate enough to work with him and will cherish every moment

  16. Simone, Will, Sandy and Robyn all our love and thoughts have been with you this last week.
    I cant believe he kept the Mercedes let alone bought a Citroen.!

  17. So very sorry to have heard that Mike passed away. I feel lucky to have worked with Mike at CGG, and have always had a deep respect for him, both for his character and his awesome geophysical abilities. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share in this service celebrating his life, he will be sorely missed by so many as I can see. RIP, Mike.

  18. Simone and Will, sending you lots of love. The stories, photos, reflections and memories shared at today’s service show how much Mike meant to you and so many, and how much he loved you both xx

  19. A beautiful service Simone, thanks for streaming. Mike was a good man who will be deeply missed. My condolences and love to you and Will,

  20. sending our love and support to Simone, Will, Robyn and family to help through this difficult time. Michael was such an amazing beautiful man full of life, adventure and fun.
    As I went for a surf this morning I saw 6 dolphins swim through Torquay Point to send Michael on his way – free at last.

  21. A true and heartfelt Reflection of a beautiful man. Mike was deeply admired and adored by his family in Perth.
    Our love and thoughts are with you.
    Aunty Billie, Pam, Peter, Lynne and Libby

  22. Simone and Will,
    Our deepest sympathy. Sending our love and strength to you both. We are shocked and saddened by Mike’s passing.
    Jenny and Denis Dalton.

  23. We will miss you Mike, especially our foodie nights and cook-offs, we always adored your company.
    Rest in Peace. Love Chris and Lain

  24. Dear Simone, Will, Robyn and Sandi, feeling for you more than I can say. Thank you for enabling those of us who couldn’t be there to join a beautiful ceremony to fare-well a beautiful man.

  25. Dear Simon and Will

    Our thoughts are with you at this deeply saddening time. Mike was a beautiful, generous and caring soul – our lives were so much richer for knowing him, and we will remember him fondly. Thanks for sharing this beautiful service with us.

    Dave and Helen

  26. Thank you to those who helped make this service available to us who are so far away. I felt included and really appreciate being there in spirit, if not bodily. It’s obvious that we were all so fortunate to be in the presence of a very special man with remarkable qualities. We need many more men like Michael Hartley. Thanks for the sensitive, and at times, humorous tributes to Mike. I too share some wonderful memories of Mike and was so glad that we reacquainted ourselves when he came over to our farm in north west Tasmania with Sandi and Rob recently. I know he wanted to come back again, and would have if this cruel disease hadn’t taken him so soon. He will be here in spirit as we shall always hold him near. Love to Simone, Will and the rest of the family. You’re both most welcome down anytime. Susan Hartley and Frank van Kann.

  27. A beautiful service for a beautiful man. We feel very privileged to have known Mike.
    All our love,
    Sheila, Ken and Virginia Mansfield

  28. Rest peacefully Mike.

    Simone and Will take comfort knowing how lucky you are to have such a wonderful and caring husband and father. Sending you much love at this very sad time.

    Jen Warwick xx

  29. Mike, rest in peace. Great memories from our years studying geology together. You were always the nicest guy in the room.

  30. Thank you Simone and Will for giving us the opportunity to share in this celebration of Mike’s life from interstate, our sincere sympathies to you all and sending our love and good wishes at this sad time.

  31. Dear Simone and Will, my deepest condolences to both of you on the loss of Mike. He was a man of integrity, intelligence and clearly a deep love for his family and closest friends. R.I.P Mike and your memory will live on.

    In sympathy

    Love Virginia xxx

  32. Beautiful service Simone, Will and family. Such great reminiscences of Mike’s life – who would have thought, a motor head and a music enthusiast! Loved hearing the stories of Mike’s early life and the fact that yours and Mike’s life were entwined from such an early age. I kept thinking of Mike’s wry smile throughout and his gentle and intelligent approach to everything. All the speakers conveyed so much of Mike – we were all privileged to know him and you as a family. Wishing you all the best today and every day.

  33. Dear Simone and Will, such beautiful words and memories today and always. Mike truly was a wonderful man. He will be remembered always xx

  34. I had the pleasure of working with Mike at CGG for a number of years. He was a respected and highly professional Geophysicist who had the rare ability to engage people and make them feel listened too and their opinions appreciated. The wonderful tributes today summed up what a great man Mike was. I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing and feel privileged to have had the opportunity to meet and work with him.

    My thoughts are with his wife, son and family.

  35. Mike will always be fondly remembered. Warmest condolences to Simone, Will, family and fellow CGG colleagues. We have truly been privileged. Rest in Peace Mike.

  36. Dearest Simone and Will,
    That was a such a beautiful tribute to Mike. He sounds like an amazing man.
    I am so sorry for your loss, and the pain you must be going through right now.
    Take care of each other,

    Love and best wishes,


  37. Beautiful memories, stories and pictures Simone of your beloved Mike. Your words about him, your love for him and your strength were beautiful. My deepest deepest condolences to you and Will. Megan x

  38. Will remember you forever Mike, from the first time we met at work, to our many dinners, BBQs, travels, to bidding at the actions of your house (that was so exciting, to our travels together, to the kids (Will and Allegra ) being born at similar times and growing up together, and even to your last trip to Queensland when we went up to the Sunshine Coast to buy the Citroen – All great times that I will treasure forever.
    To Simone and Will:
    We will be there for you always. Please come and visit and you can.
    The service was beautiful and thanks for including us. So sorry we could not e there.

  39. What a beautiful reflection and celebration of a wonderful human being. Sending much love and comfort to Simone, Wil and all of Mike’s family and friends.

  40. Simone and Will, our love is always with you. I am out out in Dalby for work and called in to the funeral service. I think Mike would like that. I loved the photos. Michelle

  41. Dear Simone and Will
    My thoughts and prayers are with you today. I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful husband and dad. My sincere condolences to both you. Mike’s service was so beautiful and it so was lovely to hear all the wonderful stories which will live on in both of you. My love to you XXXXX Lisa Riitano

  42. Devastated for your loss Sandi. I knew Michael as a quiet, modest person who never had a negative thing to say to or about anyone. My love to you Sandi and to Michael’s wife and family.

    Shane Driscoll

  43. I was so fortunate to know Mike in our community and in our industry. Loved and respected in both worlds. Always a gentleman. Rest in Peace Mike.

  44. To all of Mike’s family I offer heartfelt condolences. Our paths haven’t crossed in many years, but I well remember Mike as a wholly kind and likeable bloke with a great sense of humour, and a bloody good geophysicist. I’m saddened and shocked to hear of his passing. Rest in peace…

  45. Dear Simone and Will,
    Our hearts go out to you. Mike was a gentleman and the nicest. We are heartbroken and yet grateful for his friendship over the last 25 plus years. Rest in peace Dear Mike.
    Love, Michelle and Kevin.

  46. My heartfelt condolences go out to you Simone and your family.

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. Mike was such a great and likeable person whom I had a lot of respect for both in his professional and personal life, he will live on in our memories foreve

  47. My deepest condolences to Mike’s family.
    Mike is a kind and wonderful coworker, rest in peace.

    Take care,

  48. We are thinking of Simone and Will today and will hold on to our memories of Mike. Our condolences and love, Monique, Justin and family

  49. My sincere condolences to your family. I will always cherish Mikes friendship and mentorship, and he will always live on in my memories.

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