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William Francis (Frank) Coad

William Francis (Frank) Coad

3rd September 1930 - 7th November 2021


Frank passed away peacefully at Bendigo Base Hospital.

Devoted and loving husband of Zena for 67 years.  Loved and loving father of Susan, Julie and Vicki.

Loved father-in-law of Lynn.

Adored Grandad of Natalie, Megan, Zena, Corey, Denika, Machial, Brooke and Sally. 

Great Grandad of Brody, Harry, Ethan, Wesley, Jordan, Archie, Layla, Ivy, Leo, Beau, Noah and Zak.

Great Great Grandad of Takaya and Lennox. 

Your life so full of achievements,  your accomplishments compare to none,

your heart so tired and weary, your last race now is run.

Our hearts are broken and heavy, with you no longer here,

our memories and our love, will always keep you near.


Loved father of Susan, loving Grandad of Natalie and Andrew, Megan and Daniel.

Great Grandad of Brody, Harry, Layla, Ethan and Wesley. Great-great-grandad of Takaya and Lennox.

Sadly missed and always remembered. Rest in peace.


Grandad you had ears that always listened, love and guidance that never ended, and a heart of Gold.

Forever grateful and Forever in our hearts

Nat, Andrew, Brody, Harry, Layla and Family


Goodbye Dad. 

Your support, advice (often given sometimes taken),

patience, kindness and everything about you will be deeply missed.

Our world has been turned upside down with an emptiness that will never be filled.

Thankyou dad for a lifetime of memories we will keep and cherish in our hearts.

All our love Julie and Lynn


Grandad you have left a void I didn’t know I would ever have,

you were always there for me and I’ll never forget the lessons learnt in life and in golf,

the holidays and all of the simple things that we sometimes take for granted.

Our family will cherish the small things forever.

See you soon,

Corey, Louisa, Archie, Ivy and Leo


Grandad, our hearts are broken.

I didn't want to have to say goodbye. Thank you for a lifetime of memories,

all that you taught us and sharing your endless wisdom.

Love you forever Denika, Daniel, Beau and Zak


Loved and adored father of Vicki, loved grandfather of Zena and Machial,

loved grandfather in-law of Ainslea and loved great grandfather of Jordan and Noah.


Dad, where do I start and how do I encapsulate everything you are and meant to me?

My rock, mentor, confidante, hero and calm in the storms of life.

I never heard you with a raised voice or angry word. Your support unwavering.

From horses to horsepower we shared so much throughout our lives.

You were there when I came into this world and I am grateful I was with you as you left.

My heart is broken but my memories are strong. Vicki


Grandad - you always knew when something wasn't right, and exactly what to say.

I'll always remember our road trips with you forever telling me to "drop the gear here love",

"just hug that corner a bit more", and the best one "you can go a bit quicker round here love".

You did life at 100 miles an hour and I loved every minute I shared with you.

As you said to me.... "if I never met you, I wouldn't like you. If I didn't like you, I wouldn't love you.

If I didn't love you, I wouldn't miss you. But I did, I do, and I will"   Zena


Whether it was teaching me how to ride my first motorbike,

shooting my first gun or teaching me the art of steering as a 9 year old boy,

you were luckily the father figure I was fortunate enough to have.

You helped guide me along throughout some very important years

of my life and I know I wouldn't be the man I am today without all of

your guidance, help and support. Thank you for being you.

Until we meet again,


Love forever.

 Legends race on...



Frank, what a privilege it has been.

Your genuine love and acceptance of me as a part of your family was next to none and that I will be forever grateful for.

My memories will be cherished, you will be greatly missed.   



Dear Grandad

Thank you for all of the good times we had I love you and wish you were still here with us. 

Miss and love you lots.

Love Jordan


I love laughing and having jokes with you.

Love you Grandad - Love Noah


Due to the current covid restrictions a private funeral service will be held for Frank

on Thursday (18th November) commencing at 11.00am.


You may wish to join us at 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.


A public memorial will be held for Frank in early 2022.

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26 responses to “William Francis (Frank) Coad”

  1. Shirley Wilkinson says:

    Dear friend of Shirley and John Wilkinson, Michael, Lee and Mark. We will miss your visits, chats and smiling face. RIP Frank.

  2. Cliff and Lyn Banks. says:

    Sympathies to Zena and family.
    Cliff and Lyn Banks.

  3. Sally Hope and Alice Lamplough says:

    Our sincerest condolences to all the Coad family, from all the Lamplough’s.

  4. Margaret Commons says:

    To Zena and family so sad for you all at Frank’s passing, he has had a long and fruitful life and so devoted to you all.

    Frank and Zena were school friends at Hawkingston Primary School.
    Neil Roache and Margaret Commons [Roache]

  5. Craig Button says:

    Condolences to Zena, Susan, Vicky, Julie and families, Frank was a true gentleman who was very modest about his accomplishments in life.
    He will be sadly missed by all that knew him.
    RIP Frank.
    Craig and Deb Button

  6. Evan Wilson says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all the Coad families.
    Happy memories of your time spent with Bill & Gloria on the farm.
    All our love Evan, Judy & family xx

  7. Bill Rowley says:

    Bill Rowley, Vauxhall owner, we have lost a great man and a good friend.
    Condolences and warm heartfelt feelings for Zena, Julie, Vicki, Susan and families.
    May he always be held high in our memories.
    Forever your mate Bill.

  8. Judi & Wayne McKail says:

    Frank – a man much loved and very respected by us – my late parents John and Dot Evans, my husband Wayne and me.
    A man who was part of my life for over 50 years since I was a child and became a friend of his oldest daughter Sue in Sea Lake.
    Zena, Sue, Julie, Vicki and all your family – our thoughts are with you all in this very sad time.
    Judi & Wayne McKail

  9. Norman Beechey says:

    To the Coad Family we send our sincere condolences at this very sad time.
    Norman and Margaret Beechey.

  10. Bruce Pollard & says:

    My very dear friend Frank, you will be sorely missed.
    We shared so many adventures over the years.
    Memories that will last forever.
    – Bruce Pollard

  11. Tricia & Bruce Pollard says:

    Thinking of you all at this time.😊💐
    Frank lived for his Family, Cars, Motor sport and Flying.
    May you have comfort in knowing he lived life to the fullest..
    Hugs & much love.
    – Tricia and Bruce Pollard Xxx

  12. Glenis Rice says:

    Frank was my mum Elsie’s first cousin.
    Frank ‘s mother and Elsie’s mother were sisters
    I had the pleasure of visiting Frank early 2020 at Bupa and chatting over some family photos I had acquired.
    My youngest sister Jenny has just forwarded to me the article by Susan and Julie about the Phillip Island Race.
    This we have forwarded to a couple of friends in Wangaratta who will find it most interesting
    My thoughts are with all his family at this sad time.
    – Glenis Rice

  13. Gary & Michelle Bodinnar says:

    It was a privilege to know Frank.
    Through our respective car dealerships in Sea Lake and involvement in the Mallee Rally, which Frank instigated.
    So glad we caught up again in 2013 at the 40th anniversary of the Rally.
    Our sincerest condolences to the Coad family.
    – Gary & Michelle Bodinnar and Margaret Bodinnar

  14. elizabeth Fenton says:

    To Zena, Susan, Julie, Vicky and family,
    Condolences on the passing of Frank.
    So many wonderful memories of time together with Frank, Zena and girls.
    Memories of a true gentleman and family man.
    Love Judy, Bruce (dec), Mark and Elizabeth Fenton and family.
    Rest in Peace Frank.

  15. Barbara & David Rout says:

    Our sincere condolences to all the Coad family.
    We have so many happy memories of our time in Sea Lake and our friendship with Frank , Zena and their children
    We are so glad that we were able to spend time with Frank earlier this year.
    Barbara & David Rout

  16. Sue Meeking says:

    To Julie and family, we can only imagine your sadness right now after hearing you speak so proudly of Dad over the years. We send our fond thoughts to Corey and Denika and all. X
    – Sue and Ross Meeking

  17. Megan Strout says:

    Grandad, you and Nan have always been the example I had growing up, in your marriage, that meant a lot to me over the years.
    I remember at your 50th wedding anniversary you meeting Daniel and saying to him you thought I would never settle down.
    You were happy to know I married a piano player, who shared a love for piano.
    It was a joy to Ethan, Wesley and myself to visit you and Nan 3 years ago and the boys had the opportunity to play piano for you both and you showed them how to play pool.
    We appreciated sharing in those times with you.
    Love Megan & family

  18. David and Maree Price says:

    Condolences to Zena and families.
    Frank was a true gentleman and so great to have known him over the years.
    David and Maree Price and family.

  19. Margaret & Betty nee Wallace says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Zena, Susan Julie, Vicki and families.
    We will always have our memories, with love from Margaret and Betty (formally Kerang) Bronwyn, Rowland and family xo

  20. Paul and Alison Summerhayes says:

    To Julie , Vicki , Sue and your families … you father was an amazing legend …and a true gentleman … love to you all at this sad time 💕
    Paul and Alison Summerhayes

  21. Denis Burr says:

    Our condolences to all the family.
    Frank came to the Goulburn Valley Motor Vehicle Drivers’ Club as a guest speaker and held the club members in the palm of his hand. You could have heard a pin drop until question time and then he was inundated with everybody asking questions at the same time.
    Frank was well liked by many and a mine of information and will be sadly missed.
    R.I.P. Frank.
    – Barb & Denis Burr.

  22. Marion McAuliffe says:

    To Zena, Susan, Julie and Vicki and families,
    So sorry to hear of your loss.
    I know there have been many years since we’ve been in touch but I have kept our friendship always close to my heart.
    Frank was a wonderful man, and your marriage was an inspiration to many Zena, including myself.
    It sounds as though you have had some very happy years with all the grandchildren and great grandchildren!
    I still remember the races at Winton and the water skiing on the lakes near Kerang.
    Frank was a true champion on the race track and in life.
    I am sorry to hear that he has left us but I am sure you will be comforted by the wonderful memories you have of so many happy years together.
    Love Marion

  23. Ron Saul says:

    To Julie, Sue, Vicki and families, your dad was something special, such a kind true talented gentleman, I learnt so much stuff from Frank in my younger years, I used to be self conscious of hanging around the work shop on Saturdays but Frank always made you feel welcome, a couple of things that still make me smile, one was I was intrigued looking at the caravan in the work shop and they were fitting wider wheels, radial tyres and shockers to the van, Franks reply was “it didn’t handle very well at 100 mph”, I was blown away, Frank then had the 327 monaro and was getting ready to take Zena and the girls to Queensland for holidays, he knew exactly how much fuel the monaro was using at that speed and where the fuel stops were, from memory the monaro had a 27 gallon fuel tank, he said if I can stay out of the secondarys (4 barrel carby) we can sneak along at a 100 mph, another was he took me for a drive one night in a BMW, very casually explaining to me about what the car would do with a bit more throttle or a bit less as we were sliding around the big sweepers at somewhere around 180 k, (no wonder I’m such a petrol head) lots and lots of information on cars, drivers, do’s and dont’s, racing etc, the knowledge and experience and friendship from a lovely bloke will stay with me forever.
    Sadly missed. Ron Saul.

  24. John Passmore says:

    RIP dear long-time family friend, ever since the 1960 ‘500’, my father was so proud to have worked
    with you for that historic win, and I have been proud to call you a friend ever since too.
    John Passmore

  25. Sea Lake Off Road Club Inc says:

    It’s hard to come up with the words for Frank Coad but two words sums it up….Mallee Rally!!
    Frank was a true gentleman – kind, knowing, humble but most of all ‘genuine’.
    You knew it was the week before the June Queens Birthday long weekend as you were guaranteed a phone call from Frank.
    How many entries, how’s the track, etc but would then go on to ask about all of the families, naming our family members, those he had met as well as our kids that he probably hadn’t! Sea Lake always had a place in Frank’s heart as did Sea Lake for him.
    If there was anything happening, you would hear from Frank.
    Always on for a lovely chat.
    The Mallee Rally always has & always will be Frank’s race – we have just had the honour of guardianship.
    One day we hope to properly honour you.
    The legend that is the Mallee Rally is also the legend that is Frank Coad.
    R.I.P. Frank.
    Sincere condolences to Zena & families.

  26. Glenys Williams says:

    An amazing Uncle who was always so humble about what he achieved in his lifetime. Also a wonderful friend to our family, always interested in what every one of us was doing…. We will miss our regular phone chats greatly. Glenis and Gary, Katie, Andrew, Mitch and Amy, Tracey, Dean and Jed

Funeral Details

18th November 2021 at 11:00 AM