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in memory of

John Leslie Tolley

John Leslie Tolley

16th July 1942 - 27th May 2021

(This was my John: 1 Corinthians 13v.4-7)
    Darling you always said I was the first person to love you, it was my absolute privilege and honour to be your Wife.
    You always showed me by your words and actions how special I am.
    I hold you in my heart Sweetheart  
    "Your Joanie" 💕
    Our beautiful Dad and Pa.
    We treasure you in our hearts forever.  
Your life was such an inspiration, a man of incredible patience, love and understanding.
    Darren, Stace, Jaye, Annaliese, Isaiah, Alicia and Georgia.
    Now with beautiful Sharee 💕

Due to the current covid restrictions, a private family service will be held for John

on Thursday (10th June) commencing at 2.00pm.

You may wish to join us by watching the service via livestream.  

To do this, please return to the home page of this website and click on the livestream button.  

The service will be live approximately 5-10 minutes prior to commencing.


Funeral Livestream


13 responses to “John Leslie Tolley”

  1. Faye Casey says:

    To our dear mate and husband of my dearest friend.
    A wonderful husband ,father and friend of many years.
    Now with your little girl and we will meet again one day.
    – Howard, Faye, Terry, Justin and Brett Casey

  2. Pat Berry says:

    A treasured big brother – one of a kind.
    Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal.
    Love leaves a memory that no one can steal.
    Forever in my heart.
    Deepest sympathy to Joannie and family.
    Your little Sis, Pat.

  3. Annette Mona says:

    To dear Joanie, Darren, Stacie and John’s treasured grandchildren,
    Our loving thoughts are with on the passing of John.
    One of nature’s gentle men.
    John gave so freely to my mum.
    It is never forgotten.
    At the drop of a hat, or phone call, John was there.
    So grateful.
    May you rest in peace, John with your beautiful Sharee.
    Many blessings Joanie, Darren, Stacie and grandchildren.
    Much love and may God Bless you,
    – Lawrence & Annie xo

  4. Liesbeth van Emmerik says:

    My dear Joan,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, may our Dear Lord surround you with healing strength and peace.

    Many special memories of your time in Strath to behold and keep in our hearts.

    May in time a smile come through the tears as you relive so many treasured moments.

    – With love Bill and Liesbeth

  5. Janine and Peter Hall says:

    Dear Joanie,
    It was our privilege to meet you and John recently whilst camping at Dunkeld. It didn’t take us long to realise what a devoted couple you were and what a lovely, quiet, thoughtful and caring man John was. Hearing of his passing saddened us greatly but it made our recent visit to see you and John, at your lovely home in Harcourt, even more special.
    Our thoughts are with you Joanie at this very difficult time. We look forward to continuing our friendship.
    With love, Janine and Peter

  6. Christina says:


    An upright and righteous man
    Who lived as he believed
    And in doing so shone a light
    wheresoever he may have been.

    On a feast of Mary was he born
    And a man more like St Joseph
    You may not meet in all your life
    Steadfast, true and just.

    John, Joanie, Darren and Sharee
    Together formed a family
    Others came and joined these four
    Now we have to bid farewell to one
    Who loved with all his heart God, Joanie
    And his family.

    Through his excruciating pain
    John still made time
    He helped me more than I could say
    A listening ear that understood
    A quiet voice with wisdom in his words

    Thank you John for all you were
    All you did and all your puns

    My eyes still fill with tears
    As I think of you leaving your
    Beloved Joanie, Darren and family.
    But I know that you are with your
    Beloved Sharee.

    Love you John and your love surely blessed me


  7. Danny Bridgland & Oby says:

    A truly beautiful man. RIP. Our love and thoughts are with you all. May every memory you hold bring a smile.

  8. Kevin Schneider says:

    We have been so richly blessed in knowing John, in having the privilege to walk some of life’s journey with both John and Joanie, the valleys and the mountain tops, with both tears and joy. He shared his gentleness, strength and warmth with so many of us as he showed his faith in actions. The saying…grief is the price you pay for love…is so poignant and true. To Joanie, Darren and family, we offer our love and prayers to you at this time, with the comfort and peace of knowing John is now with his precious daughter Sharee. It is said that life resembles a tapestry. On the underside there is a jumble of colours and threads which seem to have no purpose, but when we turn it over, we can see the finished picture showing God’s plan and purpose for John’s life. We give thanks for the beautiful, rich tapestry that was John’s life. Forever in our hearts Kevin and Gail Schneider.

  9. Graeme and Kay Francis says:

    To Joanie and family
    A kind and generous man. Our salvation when we moved to Harcourt his pump explanations and repairs were a life saver!! Always available when needed. A true gentleman.

  10. Catherine Mahony says:

    Goodbye for now cousin John. You are leaving us all with very fond memories of a kind, loving and gentle man. Rest with your Sharee, free from pain. With much love to Joanie, Darren and family – Catherine xxxxx

  11. Steffa says:

    Thinking of you Aunty Joan and family in the passing of an incredible man in my uncle, your husband, father, poppy, pa.
    Now at peace with my beautiful cousin Sharee.
    R.I.P. Uncle.

  12. Anne Hubbard says:

    Dear Joanie, My deepest sympathy to you on the passing into Life of your beloved John. You were an inspirational couple. It was always “Joanie and John”. May you be carried in the arms of our Saviour through this transition time. My prayers are with you, and Darren, Stacie and their children. I have had the blessing of watching the livestream of the Mass of Thanksgiving. Your flowers looked superb. I loved the Psalm and the other readings. God is indeed good. John was one of those blessed people who have lived every one of the beautiful qualities mentioned at their funeral and celebrated in the chosen Scriptures.
    I think of the Tolleys every time I drive up the “back way” through Sutton Grange on my way to Bendigo. Blessings and Love to you all.

  13. Alice Moon says:

    To Dear Joan, Darren and family
    What beautiful memories we have of John, such a dear friend we first met across the road in Wandin. Always willing to help Brian when he needed any pump repairs on the farm, so kind and caring. Now free of pain and reunited with his beautiful daughter Sharee. Rest In Peace dear John.
    Love from Brian, Alice, Grant, Kylie, Justin and Shannyn.

Funeral Details

At the request of the family, a private service was held.