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Peter Saltmarsh

Peter Saltmarsh

19th January 1954 - 27th July 2020


Peter James Saltmarsh
Teacher and Musician


Died peacefully at home.

Devoted and loving husband and father of Debra and Stan, and dear friend of Elena.
Much loved son of Stan and Margaret (both dec).
Loved and admired brother of Vincent and Lyndy.
Adored uncle of Matt, Alice, Ryan, Charlotte, Rhys and Mitchell.
Much loved son-in-law of Peter and Margaret.
Loved brother-in-law of Brad and Chris, Elizabeth and John, and Paul.
Loved cousin of Kim, Andy, Serann and Josh (dec.) 
A life well lived. 


In keeping with Peter’s wish, a private service will be held.


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41 responses to “Peter Saltmarsh”

  1. Jackie McLean says:

    You were one of my favourite teachers, thank you ❤️ Deepest sympathy to all your family
    With love Jackie McLean (van der Horst)

  2. Andrew Dunn says:

    Like all good musicians he was taken before his time. Deepest sympathy to Deb and Stan. Rock in peace Salty.

  3. Ian BRaybrook says:

    We first met in 1982 AT RADIO 3CCC . A good bloke THANKS PETER Ian Braybrook and Marilyn Bennet

  4. Bernard Booth says:

    I’m so sad to hear of Peters (Salty) passing a good friend and band mate,you will missed by many Salty we had great times together,and one of the nicest guys I’ve met. A brilliant musician and vocalist. Deepest sympathy to Debs and Stan,and all the family. Rest in peace Salty
    Lots of love to all ❤️

  5. Jan Miletic says:

    Salty, you leave a big empty hole in people’s heart. You will be missed.
    Deepest sympathy and condolences to Debra, Stan and family.
    Salty will always be in your hearts and in your love.

  6. Susan Boulton says:

    Sending condolences and love to you all, I can’t believe he has gone. Sue White . Xo

  7. Jessica Mancuso says:

    Dearest Deb, Stan, Vincent, Lyndy, Alice, Ryan and Charlotte,

    We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Peter. Adrian and I would like to send you all much love and our sincere condolences from Hamburg. We will be thinking of you and wishing we could be there too. We hope Peter can now rest in peace. I’m sure his/your Mum and Dad will be happy to see him.

    Much love from,
    Jessica, Adrian and Minty Mancuso

  8. Cole Waters says:

    Our thoughts are with Deb and Stan at this difficult time. We will miss Salty with his strong determination and sense of humour. I can still hear his words to ‘Proud Mary’ in my head playing at the Tap Room. Salty taught me the ‘ropes’ as a graduate teacher, his ‘words of wisdom’ will be with me for life. ‘Give an inch they will take a mile Cole!’ I will miss the opportunity to catch up for a drink and a yarn. As an educator he touched the lives of many and sadly was taken from this world too young. Cole and Erin

  9. Mark Fox says:

    A great teacher, a great friend and always straight down the line. Always had a tune on the guitar to break the stress levels. Deepest sympathy to Deb and Stan.
    Mark Fox

  10. Chris Edwards says:

    Salty, a mentor, colleague and a friend.
    Our thoughts are with Deb, Stan and family

    Chris & Raquel Edwards

  11. Clayton Tremlett says:

    Salty, A colleague who worked tirelessly for his students and who provided a voice for staff.
    My thoughts are with Deb, Stan and family at this time
    Clayton Tremlett

  12. Rachael Webb says:

    My chats with Peter were always entertaining. Once, when he saw me running at school, he said “Rachael, you have to do this job in a pace that you can manage… And you have to do it in your own skin. There’s no other way to get through it!” Thank you Peter, for being you! Thanks for coming and playing your songs in my classrooms. The last one I remember was a ‘Ballad’. Deep condolences to your family. Rachael Quirk

  13. Jennifer LARSEN says:

    My thoughts are with Deb, Stan and family. We have lost a great character, with his talent for a fabulous yarn and a wonderful song. I will miss your “salty” sense of humour.
    Jen Larsen

  14. Barbara & Michael Richter says:

    Thinking of you Deb & Stan at this sad time.
    Our love to you and also Vincent Lyndy Alice
    Ryan & Charlotte.
    Peter can now Rest In Peace.
    Our love & prayers
    Barbara & Michael xx

  15. Joanne Tsakoumagos says:

    I worked with Salty’s at Castlemaine SC from 1996 to 2011. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.
    Always loved having a chat with him. Full of character. Loved working with him and hearing his views. A really good man. We will miss his dry humour. They threw away the mould. RIP Salty.

  16. Jenn Ryan says:

    Will miss the yarns at the Rail, and your jokes…especially the funny ones !! Can’t wind you up about the Bluebaggers anymore !! Too soon, too sad…
    Love to Deb, Stan et al Jenn Ryan.

  17. Andrew Dodgshun says:

    Deepest sympathy to Debra and Stan.
    Peter has led an amazing and inspiring life and it has been a pleasure to know him as a teacher and a colleague. A life taken too early; rest in peace Peter!

  18. Justin Marshall says:

    It was great having Salty around in the music department when I started teaching at CSC in 2004. He was super passionate about Southern American music and was always up for a yarn. I enjoyed helping him out with some of his music recordings and will never forget his stories and character. Lots of love to all those close to him and in his family. One of a kind.

  19. Broderick Smith says:

    Salty was a great friend and a lot of fun to play music with. His dry, somewhat brutal wit would always caused me to laugh .
    I will miss him driving the two of us down to the Guildford Pub and muttering while he drove. I never understood a word he was saying but I’m sure it was profound. Stan, your dad was THE man.

  20. Bob n Janne Morrison says:

    Deepest sympathy to Deb , Stan and families near and far.
    Love and regards Bob and Janne, Portland.
    In our prayers.

  21. Denis Brown says:

    Sad to read of Peter’s death. Always good for a laugh and interesting conversation. A good teacher despite, or perhaps because, he did not take himself too seriously. Sincere condolences Deb. RIP Salty.

  22. Sue Paull says:

    So shocked to hear the news of Salty’s passing. He interviewed me and gave me my position at Castlemaine Education Centre, when he was on the board of management there. We then worked at school for many years, and he taught my son there. Deb and Stan, I can’t begin to know what you are going through, but my heart, thoughts and prayers are for you. A passionate man with definite ideas.

  23. Lynda Evans says:

    We have wonderful memories of Peter in many roles- teacher, colleague, musician, raconteur, and most of all, a good friend. Lots of ‘Salty-isms” will live on in our family folklore, and will bring us many smiles. Our deepest sympathy to you Deb and Stan, with love from Ken, Lynda, Tom and Anna.

  24. Kim & Andy says:

    Salty, there are not enough words to express how we feel.
    Your strong presence will always be missed from our family.
    Much love to Deb, Stan & Elena & Vince, Lindy and family.
    Vale Peter.
    Much Love Kim, Andy, Serann,Stu, Josh (dec) & Maudie Xox

  25. Kim & Andy Thomson says:

    Salty, there are not enough words to express how we feel.
    Your strong presence will always be missed from our family.
    Much love to Deb, Stan & Elena & Vince, Lindy and family.
    Vale Peter.
    Much Love Kim, Andy, Serann,Stu, Josh (dec) & Maudie Xox

  26. Darren Lowe says:

    All the best to Deb and Stan, Salty was a true character , always up for a chat, old school.
    As one of his favourites would say, Hank Williams, ‘ I’ll never get out of this world alive’.
    Too soon.
    Darren Lowe

  27. Deb Haley says:

    My deepest sympathies to Deb, Stan & all the family. Great memories of parties, jam sessions& laughs xxxx

  28. Debra K. Haley says:

    My deepest sympathies to Deb, Stan & all the family. Great memories of parties, jam sessions& laughs xxxx

  29. Caleb Hill says:

    Salty was a remarkable man, possessed of both great intellect and a steadfast devotion to his principles. As a teacher he has influenced and inspired me in ways I cannot begin to express. My deepest condolences to Deb and Stan on this tragic loss.

  30. Dale Condon says:

    It is hard to come to terms with Peter’s death. Salty was a good friend, terrific colleague, and fellow musician for many years in Central Victorian Bands. Salty and I collaborated, played, recorded, solved the mysteries of education and had the odd beer together. I appreciated his honesty very much and his death came too soon. Deepest sympathies to Debra, Stan and Peter’s family. RIP Salty, a Bonafide Traveller.

  31. Dale Condon says:

    It is very difficult to believe that Peter has left us. Salty was a colleague, musical partner and friend. We performed together in several successful bands in Central Victoria and I had the pleasure of teaching with him in Castlemaine. It was always terrific rehearsing, gigging, solving the mysteries of education and having the odd beer together. His death comes too soon. My deepest condolences to Debra, Stan and Peter’s family. Salty was a Bonafide Traveller.

  32. Pam Haebich says:

    Deepest sympathy to Deb and Stan.
    Salty was a unique teacher with a fantastic wit and a never ending pool of yarns.
    It was certainly never boring to be in his company.
    Fondest regards.

  33. Darren Lowe says:

    A true original, refreshingly frank and unapologetically old school.
    Regard to Deb and Stan
    Darren Lowe

  34. Lyn Ellery says:

    Deepest sympathy to Deb and Stan.
    Thinking of you both at this sad time

  35. Melissa Laragy says:

    I knew you as a teacher in the 1980’s , and as a colleague. Loved that acid wit and endless stories . My love to Deb and Stan . I know Salty was your world . My deepest condolences and love to you and your extended family

  36. Alisoun Downing says:

    I worked with Salty for many years. I always appreciated his ability to cut through the ‘dross’, whenever issues arose that threatened to pursue a silly resolution that would benefit no one, especially not the students. His comments often ensured we didn’t miss what really mattered. Salty’s was always a clear and sensible perspective; he wasn’t afraid to say things that needed to be said.
    And then there was the music! I think of Salty, and I think of him with his beloved guitar. Thank you Salty for happily and heartwarmingly singing me ‘Carrickfergus’ after yet another request, and for bringing up the tears of memory, as I’m sure that song was supposed to do. Your rendition always ‘nailed it’.
    Much, much love to Deb, and to Stan, and Salty’s extended family, at this difficult time. I’m glad to have known him as a friend, and as a much appreciated colleague for more years than I can count.
    ‘I would swim over the deepest ocean …
    But the sea is wide and I cannot swim over
    And neither have I wings to fly …’

  37. Rex (Judith McLean) says:

    I first met Salty in the early 90s as my Yr12 Biology teacher, later on my teaching rounds and more recently a a fellow colleague. An intelligent inspirational teacher who cared, in his own ‘Salty’ kind of way. You are missed. Rex

  38. Stephen Cumming says:

    Great memories held tight of a one-time colleague and a lovely person who always had a story and a laugh. Deepest sympathy to Deb and Stan and all of Salty’s family.

  39. Emma Gartside says:

    Salty, you were a top teacher with the best stories when we managed to get you off track. Your teaching kicked off a deep interest in psychology that has led to my current career.
    My sympathy to your loved ones.

  40. Marg Dawson says:

    I have fond memories of Salty as a colleague. Always called a spade a spade and I admired him for speaking up. Deepest sympathy to Deb and Stan. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Marg Dawson

  41. Paul Davies says:

    My sincere condolences Deb and all the Saltmarsh family. I have many fond memories of “Salty” and am truly sorry to hear of his passing. I will raise a glass and strum a chord for him tonight.

Funeral Details

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