RUSSELL, John Sydney

RUSSELL, John Sydney

John Sydney RUSSELL

25.01.1926 – 30.04.2020
94 Wonderful Years

Private cremation to take place on:
Thursday 7th May

The Man From Snowy River

There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around
That the colt from Old Regret had got away,
And had joined the wild bush horses – he was worth a thousand pound,
So all the cracks had gathered to the fray.
All the tried and noted riders from the stations near and far
Had mustered at the homestead overnight,
For the bushmen love hard riding where the wild bush horses are,
And the stock-horse snuffs the battle with delight.

There was Harrison, who made his pile when Pardon won the cup,
The old man with his hair as white as snow;
But few could ride beside him when his blood was fairly up —
He would go wherever horse and man could go.
And Clancy of the Overflow came down to lend a hand,
No better horseman ever held the reins;
For never horse could throw him while the saddle girths would stand,
He learnt to ride while droving on the plains.

Celebrating a Great Man

John was an incredibly loving and devoted husband of Isabel for over 68 years. A wonderful father, father-in-law, grandfather and great grandfather, John treated others with love and respect; he always did the honourable thing, one of life’s true gentlemen.

He was a great sportsman, whether it be AFL, cricket or bowls, but he especially loved his bike riding, something that he enjoyed doing until in his 90s.

John was also a lover of food, his favourite was fish and chips, and in his words ‘ since it’s a special meal’ it had to be accompanied by a glass of port. He also loved his baking and was a master when it came to baking bread.

He also enjoyed is time in nature, enjoyed gardening, and feeding the birds.

Our beloved John will be forever in our hearts and we are blessed to have had him in our lives.

A Life Well Lived

A life well lived is a precious gift,
of hope and strength and grace,
from someone who has made our world
a brighter, better place.

It’s filled with moments, sweet and sad
with smiles and sometimes tears,
with friendships formed and good times shared
and laughter through the years.

A life well lived is a legacy,
of joy and pride and pleasure,
a living, lasting memory
our grateful heart’s will treasure.


Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories