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My Farewell Message For My Funeral

To my beautiful family and gathered friends

If you are reading this message, it means I have departed this world and moved onto a better one. Don’t worry, I will see you again one day when the time is right.

I want to express my undying love to my beautiful wife Sue and to my children Hayley & Jack, my son in law James and my granddaughter Isla. And to all my friends and colleagues gathered here today.

If I had my time over again, I wouldn’t change anything. I have had a very fulfilling life, filled with the love and support of my family and friends.

I adore my children and their families and I’m going to miss you all as much as you will me.

I know your heart is hurting my darling Sue and the last thing I wanted to do was leave you but I had no say in it my love. I will love you forever and will continue to watch over and protect you until we see each other again.

I want everyone to talk of me as if I was still here. I know you won’t forget me but I want my Sue, my children and my friends to refer to me as often as possible so that you feel it’s not a taboo subject to bring up my name. This is not about me but about Sue and the kids knowing you haven’t forgotten her husband, their father or their friends.

But I don’t want today to be a day of sorrow or sadness. I want you to celebrate the amazing life I have had and the great times we have all shared together.

Today I want you to have a good laugh and joke about all the fun and silly things we have all done over the years together.

Now remember, the food and drinks are on me so eat up and be merry.

If you look up into the sky, you will see the brightest star in the galaxy. That will be me looking down and watching over you. I will see and hear everything, so be careful with what you say and do……Hahaha.

If you need a sympathetic ear, just look up at my star and talk to me. I will be listening and offering you my love and comfort.

I love you all and thank you for all the good times we have had together.

I will miss you all and will never forget you either.

All my love.

Gavin

Favourite Hymns & Songs

Song - Goodbye My Friend By Linda Ronstadt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBHcUv_42zI

Song - Dana Winner - One Moment In Time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RawE7mwXTa4

Hymn - Amazing Grace - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG0vH4WYChQ

Hymn - How Great Thou Art - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc0QVWzCv9k

Readings & By Whom

Psalm 23 - Read by my Granddaughter Isla (Isla has agreed) -

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. ... Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 - Read by my Daughter Hayley (Hayley has agreed)

For everything there is a season,
and time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and time for peace

Undertaker

The Mordialloc Funeral Centre

443 Nepean Hwy, Mordialloc

Jason on 03 7777 9123

Celebrant/Clergy/Minister & Church/Synagogue/Mosque etc

Father Michael 0411 111 111

St Domenic's Catholic Church, 123 Sydney Rd, Brunswick

Final Resting Place

I wish to be cremated and my ashes spread at Station Pier, Port Melbourne

Death Notice

**SHARE** Button for sharing via email, social media etc

Funeral Notice

PLEASE NO FLOWERS! I would prefer you donated to www. redcross.com.au/donation/gavraw thank you.

Televised Funeral Link

https://www.facebook.com/cobramfunerals/videos/263656587964251/

(This is the funeral of my daughters father-in-law from a week ago where numbers were limited due to the Coronavirus.)

Will, Bank Accounts, etc

These details are recorded under 'My Personal Accounts & Passwords'

Funeral Costs & If Prepaid

Prepaid to The Mordialloc Funeral Centre on 15/11/2016 sum of $15,000

Receipt is in drop folder in filing cabinet under 'My Legacy'

No Flowers - see at bottom of 'Funeral Notice'

Organist - Mary Higgins - $100 cash - To be paid

Mordialloc Cemetery - $2000 for internment - To be paid

Order of Service Booklet

**FRONT PAGE**

Andrew Robert McMURTAGH Born 1st April 1916 - 9th October 1983

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**PAGE 2**

ORDER OF SERVICE

Welcome, Introductions & Acknowledgements

Rev Michael Jones

Affirmation & Prayer

Rev Michael Jones

Musical Item

Goodbye My Friend By Linda Ronstadt

Tributes & Speaker Introduction

Rev Michael Jones

Ezio Holden

Patrick Canterbury

Tony Boxhill

My Personal Message

Read by Jack McMurtagh

Family Tribute

Children & Grandchildren

Photographic Memories

Dana Winner - One Moment In Time - Dana Winner

Reflection & Prayer of Thanksgiving

Rev Michael Jones

Psalm 23 - Isla McMurtagh

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 - Hayley McMurtagh

Committal & Final Blessing

Rev Michael Jones

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**PAGE 3** With Photos

DAD'S FAVOURITE SAYINGS

The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Matthew 7:12

Always believe in what you do. If you don't others won't. But if you do, others will too - Sinclair Imrie 'Mick' Miller

Definition of Leadership: Motivating others to achieve group aims - Sinclair Imrie 'Mick' Miller

You shouldn't take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up - G.K. Chesterton

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it - George Santayana

There are three kinds of people in life: Those who make things happen, those who let things happen and those who don't know what's happening - Sinclair Imrie 'Mick' Miller

There are three essential , basic rules of leadership which must be followed by any leader: Rule 1: Be there! Rule 2: Try to look as if you know what you are doing. Rule 3: If you have difficulty with Rule 2, get out of the way and give somebody else a go - Sinclair Imrie 'Mick' Miller

Growing old is only for the brave, not the faint hearted - Sinclair Imrie 'Mick' Miller

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel - Dr Maya Angelou

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**BACK PAGE** With a Photo

The Family wish to convey their heartfelt thanks for your expression of sympathy, love and support in so many ways and your presence here today.

After the service you are warmly invited to join the family for refreshments here in the Dining Room.

If you would like to share any stories or anecdotes that you think need telling please email to stories.of.andrew@gmail.com

Photographic Memories

My favourite photos are: